County Officials Celebrate Opening Of Capital Bikeshare


[gallery ids="12141,12142,12146,12144,12143,12145"] Montgomery County on Friday cut a ribbon on its first batch of Capital Bikeshare stations, with officials hoping the county can latch on to the success the bike sharing system has had in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria. "We need to move to a less car-centric culture," Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Chevy Chase) said at a press conference in Rockville. "And it also, quite frankly, makes us a younger community and that's a goal of Montgomery County as well, to attract younger people to our community and demonstrate we will listen to them, we will provide for them." Fourteen of the 51 planned stations for Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville and Shady Grove went into operation Friday. Four of the 15 planned for Bethesda/Friendship Heights opened Friday -- Cordell and Norfolk Avenues, Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road (Elm Street Garage), Montgomery and East Lanes and Norfolk and Fairmont Avenues (Veterans Park). The county will roll the rest out in the next few weeks. The downcounty stations were funded by a $1 million state transportation grant, a $250,000 state bond and a $200,000 commitment from the Chevy Chase Land Company, a private developer that will fund the stations at the Friendship Heights Metro station and at Montgomery and East Lanes, at its Two Bethesda Center office property. "Because we live and work here, we've always supported causes for the long-term positive impact on our economy, quality of life and our neighborhoods," Chevy Chase Land Company CEO David Smith said. The balance of the funding came in $140,000 in developer payments to Montgomery County. The system's 201 stations and 1,800 bicycles are owned by local governments and operated with Portland, Ore.-based contractor Alta Bicycle Share. It was the largest bike sharing service in the country until New York City opened its Citi Bike program in May. Bikes from county stations can be docked in D.C. or Virginia stations. County officials hope the system entices people out of their cars for short trips in downtown areas. Some see it as an indication of something bigger. "These little red bikes are a great symbol of change. You see them in cities all across this country and now it's here in Montgomery County," Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At large) said. "Every time you see a red bike just recognize that we are moving forward into a better future." Capital Bikeshare hit 5 million rides earlier this month. Membership costs $75 a year, $25 a month, $15 for three days and $7 for one day. Three-day and one-day memberships can be purchased by credit card at each station. Other memberships must be purchased online or by phone.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Two Suspected MS-13 Members Charged with Killing Silver Spring Man Found in Park

20-year-old died from multiple stab wounds

Inside Pandora, A ‘Fantasy’ Seafood Enclave in Rockville

Restaurant opened this week, serving French and Italian dishes

Montgomery County Police Appoint New Bethesda Commander

Capt. Paul Liquorie formerly headed the Special Investigations Division

French Home Furnishings Store Opens in Kensington

La Maison de Laurette sells refurbished furniture, home products and accessories
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored Content

Wireless Telecommunication Community Meeting

Join Montgomery County on Monday, October 23, in Rockville to discuss proposed zoning changes to address deployment of microtowers and small cell antennas.

Interested in Learning More About the Democratic Candidates for County Executive?

Join The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce and Bethesda Beat as we host a debate featuring the Democratic Candidates for County Executive on November 15. Click to get your free tickets.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

New Construction

Potomac, $1,999,999

Remodeled Colonial

Potomac, $1,075,000

Classic Chevy Chase Colonial

Chevy Chase, $1,319,000

Stunning Updated Tudor

Bethesda, $1,529,000

Transformed Colonial

North Bethesda, $1,295,000
Edit Module


Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module