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Capital Bikeshare

Members may forget that Capital Bikeshare bikes have kickstands, but the practice of stopping mid-ride is common for casual riders.

Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?

Part 3 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part two, which examines infrastructure usage, and part one, which looks at trip distances and times…. Read more »

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Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?

Part 2 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part one, which examines general attributes of trips, here. As shown in the previous post, GPS… Read more »

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Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips

A sample of Capital Bikeshare GPS trip data offers a unique look into rider behaviors This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Most bikeshare programs generate a wealth of data about their trips—where they… Read more »

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The trial of trip-based bikeshare fares

A goal of publicly owned bikeshare systems is to provide safe, cheap, and widespread transit for its citizens and visitors. While annual memberships offer this for frequent customers, the 24-hour membership that many systems have does this poorly for infrequent and would-be customers. To improve upon this, the Washington, D.C., region’s Capital Bikeshare has embarked… Read more »

Colesville Rd. in downtown Silver Spring is rated "very high" on the stress map, but also houses the city's most central bikeshare station.

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network

How do car-dominated streets inform how people use bikeshare? How can we estimate the purpose behind certain bikeshare trips? New tools to help planners and the community answer some of these daunting questions, as well as to best visualize Capital Bikeshare usage across the Washington, D.C., region, debuted at the recent “CaBi Hack Night” installment of… Read more »

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New bikeshare data standard opens doors for apps and analysis

After years of messy, inconsistent bikeshare data, a new standard has emerged to unite major systems. At the latest Transportation Techies meetup event, which focused on Capital Bikeshare projects, Motivate employee Daniel Gohlke presented the General Bikeshare Feed Specification, or GBFS, which will standardize bikeshare trip data for developers, researchers and enthusiasts.   @dgohlke: #GBFS… Read more »

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Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

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Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems… Read more »

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In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

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Debunking common myths about bikeshare in the suburbs

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.” As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s bikeshare planners hear a lot from the public. At first blush, it makes a certain amount of sense. If someone owns a bike,… Read more »