DC’s Bike Share Proliferation

DC is quickly becoming one of the most progressive bike share cities in the US.  It hasn’t been the smoothest road, but in less than a year, the Nation’s capital has made great strides in improving access to bikes for residents and tourists.

In March of 2010, Revolution Cycles, an independent bicycle retailer with four shops in the DC metro area, opened its fifth location with the intention of focusing on people-managed bike sharing in this Arlington, Virginia-based store.  Known as the Revolution Cycles City Hub, this innovative concept has one hundred Trek Allant bikes (cruiser-style, equipped with fenders, handlebar bags, and locks) on hand that are available both for renters and bike sharers.  Initially, the bike share program was only accessible for residents and employees that lived and worked within the official boundaries of Crystal City, Virginia, the neighborhood in which the shop is located.  However, the City Hub’s reach grew exponentially last week with the official announcement of a partnership between Revolution Cycles and Kettler Management, one of the DC area’s largest private real estate and property management companies.

Kettler, which manages more 65 buildings that house more than 15,000 apartment units, is the first property management company in the DC metro area to bring bike share access to all of its residents as well as employees.