Capital Bikeshare Opens First Stations On The National Mall | News
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA/DDOT) -- Two
Capital Bikeshare stations have been installed on the National Mall on Friday morning, March 16, 2012.
The stations were installed days before the
start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and National Park Service both are prepared for heavy use of the bikeshare stations during the coming weeks.
The new stations are located at Ohio Drive and West Basin
Drive, SW near the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial; and on Jefferson
Drive between 14th and 15th Streets, SW, close to the
"The bike stations are just one part of our efforts to help
our visitors to get to all our historic memorials and monuments," said Bob
Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
appreciate DDOT's partnership in making this happen, especially in time for the
National Cherry Blossom Festival."
The new stations are the first of five Capital Bikeshare
stations planned for the Mall and they will remain in place after the Cherry
"Our staff has been working closely with the Park Service to
put the National Mall on our bikeshare map," said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.
"With these additions, we now have 151 stations in our system, more than
any other bikesharing program in the country."
In addition to the new station locations, Capital Bikeshare
will also have staff on hand to assist festival attendees at the Ohio Drive
& West Basin Drive station during the first three weekends of the festival:
March 24 and 25; March 31 and April 1; and April 7 & 8, from 11am until
5pm, which will assist with the anticipated increase in usage during the
The National Park Service has also arranged for additional
bike parking at two locations: between 15th and 14th
Streets, SW near the Washington Monument, and at the Jefferson Memorial for
attendees using personal bikes or rentals with locks. A map showing the
location of bike parking is available on the National Park Service website.
DDOT encourages all to plan ahead for large crowds and
traffic congestion and suggests utilizing the District's extensive
transportation network of buses and trains if bike travel is not an option. The
National Cherry Blossom Festival has information on getting to the blossoms on their
website and transportation options to specific festival events including an
interactive map of options can be found on goDCgo.com.
Capital Bikeshare is the product of a
unique public/private partnership between DDOT, Arlington County, Virginia and
Alta Bike Share. The two jurisdictions
worked closely with Alta Bicycle Share to develop the program in the fall of
2010, offering the first regional bikesharing service in the nation. Based
on the initial success of the program, both jurisdictions are now adding
additional stations and bicycles and the city of Alexandria is expected to
launch a pilot program this year. For more information about Capital Bikeshare,