DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback

I was excited to see that DDOT has released their draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and its open for public feedback. The public comment period is open through November 15th.

According to the DDOT announcement, the “draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.” You can read the 143 Bikeshare Development Plan online and comment on this webpage http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form until November 15, 2015.

Capital Bikeshare expansion mapWhat I particularly like is the proposal to add two new bikeshare stations to the Park View area in 2017. While its hard to see on the map (click on map to right for larger version), the two stations being considered appear to be around 1) Park Road and New Hampshire Avenue and 2) Warder Street somewhere between Kenyon and Park Road.

I think this is an excellent opportunity to advocate for expanding the bikeshare system in the neighborhood and I encourage those who feel strongly about this or where stations should be located to fill out the feedback form.

You can read the overview of the expansion from the Development Plan after the jump

The Development Plan strives to expand the bikeshare system across Washington D.C. in a deliberate and well-planned manner. The expansion plan calls for 99 additional bikeshare stations and expansion of 21 existing stations. The phasing of stations is designed to ensure that new stations are within easy bicycling distance of other bikeshare stations. Most of Capital Bikeshare’s expansion into new neighborhoods will therefore occur as clusters of stations intended to come online around the same time.

The overall expansion plan accomplishes two strategic objectives: it provides more neighborhoods with bikeshare access while building up system capacity and filling gaps in parts of the District where Capital Bikeshare is already available. The plan proposes a significant expansion of Capital Bikeshare east of the Anacostia River as far as the District’s southern border with Prince George’s County. New infill stations will make the system more convenient in neighborhoods like Columbia Heights where bikeshare has proven very successful.

During every fiscal year through FY2018, expansion in outlining areas will be matched by additional stations in the District’s core. A total of 28 stations are planned for the core area, as opposed to 71 stations outside the core. The proposed expansion will occur near or on the National Mall, within Foggy Bottom / West End, Dupont Circle, and Downtown DC. The capacity analysis identified especially high demand for bikeshare near Farragut Square.

In addition to the 99 planned new stations, 21 existing stations will be expanded (space permitting), including nine in the core area and 12 in outlying parts of the city. Expansion should improve the availability of bicycles at critical hubs in the Capital Bikeshare system such as near U Street Metro, Logan Circle at P Street, and Dupont Circle. Expansion in the core area will occur in FY2016 with all other station expansions completed by FY2017. Actual station expansion conducted by DDOT will likely vary from the recommendations based on additional siting analyses.

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