September 11, 2012 3:19 PM Subscribe
posted by schmod (34 comments total)
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If you've spent any time in Washington, DC during the past few years, you're probably familiar with Capital Bikeshare
; the region's immensely popular
bikesharing program. The system's big red bikes are designed for casual use, and are built like tanks to avoid damage, vandalism, and theft. This past weekend, one Falls Church, VA resident undocked one of the 40lb bikes
, and rode it to the finish line of the Nations' Triathlon
The rapidly expanding
system has proven to be popular
, and cost-effective
for its users.
In fact, the system has gained such a reputation for safety that most of its users now chose to forego the use of a helmet
. While Capital Bikeshare's 33% helmet-usage rate seems low compared to the overall 70% average for DC, it's only slightly below the 38% national average, and is far below the worldwide average
. In the Netherlands, over 25% of all trips take place on a bicycle, helmet usage is virtually nonexistent, and there are 80% fewer cyclist fatalities per-mile than the US.
In many cases, Bikesharing allows commuters to reach their destinations more quickly than by transit
. There's also now a trip planner
that provides turn-by-turn bicycle directions for bikeshare users.