Capital Bikeshare Exceeds Ridership Expectations in Montgomery County

The Capital Bikeshare system's push into the suburbs of Maryland surged back from an initial slow start.
January 31, 2015, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Montgomery County’s Bikeshare program had about 35,000 trips in its first year, exceeding county expectations by almost 50 percent," reports Katherine Shaver for The Washington Post.

"County officials said they predicted the bike-sharing program would have 24,000 trips in its first year, which started in October 2013, but it was more popular than expected."

The high ridership numbers reverses the narrative from the first few months of operations for the system, when there were reports of low ridership numbers.

Andrew Metcalf also reports on the latest news for the Bethesda Beat. That article notes that not all stations are experiencing the same level of use: "the data does show significantly less use of Bikeshare stations in the Shady Grove and Rockville area compared to those in the Bethesda and Silver Spring Metro areas. The upcounty stations averaged about 700 trips per month from May to December 2014, while the downcounty stations logged an average of 3,612 trips per month during the same period."

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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in The Washington Post
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