Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid - MobilityLab

A typical bikeshare member might often face an easy choice in trying to get from her home to downtown: pick up a bike and pedal with the wind in her hair, or sit in traffic and search in vain for a parking space.

In the Washington D.C. region, with the spread of Capital Bikeshare stations, more trips that might otherwise be driven can now be diverted to two wheels.

While the above scenario may be simplified and romanticized, Capital Bikeshare members say, as very clearly evidenced by their responses to the 2016 Capital Bikeshare survey, that they would use the system more often if it expanded even further (more docks, more bikes, and more stations).

Most notably, overall, more than half (55 percent) of members want there to be more docks and bikes at existing stations. This may suggest unmet demand for bike trips to be taken by members.

[Editor’s note: The above image is of new Capital Bikeshare stations in 2017, with different colors based on their jurisdictions.]

When gauging preferences across specific jurisdictions, members who live in the District say they would use Capital Bikeshare more frequently if there were more docks and bikes at existing stations (65 percent) and more stations in residential neighborhoods (43 percent).

By contrast, members outside of the District of Columbia want Capital Bikeshare to expand into areas where it currently does not operate and where bikeshare stations are not currently located near Metrorail. This further underlines how bikeshare provides potentially crucial access to Metrorail (the same could be said for access to bus routes too).

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