Bikeshare is coming to Montgomery County

June 13, 2013
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The red bikes that have become a familiar sight in Washington, D.C. are heading across the border into Montgomery County. By the end of the summer, more than 50 Bikeshare stations will be located in the County.  They will be concentrated in two urban areas: Downcounty and in the Rockville, Shady Grove and Life Sciences Center corridor.  

Image of a Bikeshare bike in front of the Capitol.The public’s input and support is needed to make the transition to Bikeshare a success. Attend one of three public education meetings from June 24-26 on the proposed bikeshare locations:

  • Bethesda and Friendship Heights: June 24 — 7 – 9 p.m. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., 2nd Floor, Bethesda
  • Silver Spring and Takoma Park: June 25 — 7 – 9 p.m. Fire Station 1, 8110 Georgia Avenue, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring
  • Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center: June 26 — 7 – 9 p.m. Executive Office Building Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville

 

View the Proposed station map before the public meetings.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation staff will be available to explain how lower income people commuting, working or completing job training in the Rockville, Shady Grove and Life Sciences Center areas may qualify for free membership in Capital Bikeshare and free bicycle training and route planning.

 

Proposed Downcounty Bikeshare System

  • 30 bikeshare stations
  • 250 bikes
  • Service area: along the East and West legs of the Metrorail Red Line from the District Line to Silver Spring/Takoma Park on the East and Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Medical Center Metro on the West

 

Proposed Rockville/Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center Bikeshare System

  • 21 bikeshare stations
  • 250 bikes
  • Service area: The Universities at Shady Grove and the Shady Grove and Rockville Metro Stations

 

How Does Bikeshare Work?

Bikesharing allows people to rent a bike from on-street stations and drop it off at other stations within the Bikeshare network. The Capital Bikeshare network is throughout the District of Columbia, Arlington and Alexandria. Users can sign up for a day or 3-pass at a Bikeshare station kiosk, or sign up online for longer passes.

The first 30 minutes with Bikeshare is free and then usage fees are incurred after that.  Bikeshare is mainly for short, quick trips between neighborhoods.  Remember to return the bike within 24-hours or else your credit card will be charged $1000!



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