Bike sharing is a new concept similar to Zip-Car and other automobile-sharing programs. You rent a bike for a period of time from a public location and return it when you’re done. Red bike sharing sites are popping up across the Washington area.
In Montgomery County, bike sharing programs are envisioned in Rockville and Shady Grove. The new White Flint, with its increased bicycle-friendly mobility structure, would also be a good place for bike sharing.
Now the Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation is soliciting comments on new bike sharing locations. Here’s their announcement:
Bikesharing Locations: Your Input Needed
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) invites public input on bikesharing locations and opportunities in the area of the county stretching from the D.C. line to the Beltway along the Metrorail Red Line including, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, & Wheaton on the East Leg, and Friendship Heights, Bethesda, and Medical Center along the West Leg.
Public Forum: Please attend a public open house on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:00pm–8:30pm, to provide your comments on the County’s grant application to the Maryland Department of Transportation to obtain funding for this bikesharing initiative. The event will take place in the lobby auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street in Rockville, a short walk from the Metrorail Red Line’s Rockville station.
What to Expect: The meeting will consist of a short presentation on bikesharing and an open house to solicit input on locations for bikesharing stations in that area.
Background: This effort is part of a larger MCDOT initiative to institute bikesharing throughout Montgomery County to increase options for non-automobile travel.
Questions: Email mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov.
McDoT, with its “auto is king” mentality, has long been a thorn in the side of New Urbanism activists, putting, for example, nearly-useless surface parking lots in White Flint when there are lots of other possibilities. http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2010/04/28/from-the-people-who-brought-you-more-surface-parking-in-white-flint/
It’s good to see McDoT waking up to alternatives to the car.