Did you hear about the Capital Bikeshare expansion. What now for SmartBike?

In one of those news stories that are picked up by every single news outlet, Capital Bikeshare had a presser yesterday down by City Hall with the Mayor, several Council Members and a new bikeshare station. The big news items were that they CaBi

  • has installed a new station at 14th and D Streets NW that day
  • is installing five more at old SmartBike locations. The new stations will be located at: 17th and K streets NW (Farragut Square), 12th and G Streets NW (Metro Center), 4th and D Streets NW (Judiciary Square); 8th and F Streets NW (National Portrait Gallery); and near the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
  • has installed 24 bike docks to existing Capital Bikeshare stations
  • will be installing 25 stations this year in DC and more (up to 25) in Arlington. DDOT is in the process of selecting locations for the additional stations, and a list of the proposed sites is now posted on the DDOT website at ddot.dc.gov/capitalbikeshare. District residents and cyclists will have an opportunity to get more information and provide feedback on the proposed locations at a public meeting on May 25. The meeting will be held from 6-8 pm in room 1107 at 441 4th Street NW.

In addition we learned that DC has the highest member to bike ratio (is that good?) in the world, and has already met their 2011 goal of 10,000 members with 10,700 already.  We Love DC wonders if some people might be CaBi members in the same way that my wife is a netflix member (she watches about 4 movies a year).