Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Preparing for Bikeshare in Bethesda

Following a contractual agreement between Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Alta Bicycle Share, that was signed April 24, Bethesda-Chevy Chase residents can look forward to the popular Capital Bikeshare program joining their community.

On May 15, the Regional Services Center and Bethesda Urban Partnership teamed up with County Bikeshare Coordinator Anne Root, and Paul DeMaio of MetroBike to scout possible Bikeshare Station sites in Bethesda (by bike!). Discussed locations range from the Medical Center Metro Station campus to Bethesda Avenue.

For the Downcounty bikeshare program, according to the Capital Bikeshare website, "MCDOT received a $1,008,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation. The County also received $252,000 in private sector funding commitments to meet the requirement for local matching funds." The objective of the Downcounty system is multifaceted. It is expected to expand the reach of Metrorail and other transit; provide low-cost transportation options in the most urbanized and congested portion of Montgomery County; help get people out of their cars for short trips; and produce environmental and health benefits while enhancing economic activity.

This exciting news comes with across the board support from residents, county officials and anyone who may choose to visit the region. Current plans to begin installation of the docking stations are aimed for the end of summer or beginning of fall of 2013.

Scouting out sites for Bikeshare stations