Capital Bikeshare will install 32 new stations in fall 2011 and will expand the size of some existing stations. It will also add 265 bikes to the system.
Capital Bikeshare is peddling as fast as it can to stay ahead of its rapidly expanding user base. Users say it can't happen soon enough.
Yenmai Xia says she loves Bikeshare but is frustrated when no bikes are available or there's no room to drop off her bike at the end of the trip, forcing her to find another bike station.
“Usually in the morning it's very hard to find bikes and hard to find parking spots in the morning in rush hour and reverse in the afternoon during rush hour, too,” she said.
From January to March, Capital Bikeshare had 148,000 riders. In the second quarter of the year, that figure more than doubled to 347,000.
“Sometimes you don't find a bike and have to walk to the other station to find a bike,” said Elizabeth Diaz.
Karyn Leblanc says she rely on a mobile phone app that shows which stations are full, which are empty and which ones have bikes available.
“It really helps me determine if there's bikes available, if there's docks available and if not then I can make a decision,” she says.
Terry Bellamy, director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, said the expansion would increase capacity by 22 percent in downtown D.C. and 80 percent east of the river.
Along with the D.C. expansion, 30 additional stations are set to be installed in the Rosslyn/Ballston area as well.
List of new stations:
3rd Street and G Street, SE
4th Street and E Street, SW
5th Street SE between Alabama and Martin Luther King Avenue, SE
6th Street and Florida, NE
7th Street and Maryland Avenue, NE
7th Street and R Street, NW
11th Street and H Street, NE
16th Street and Euclid Street, NW
17th Street and Rhode Island Ave, NW
18th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
19th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW (Dupont South)
38th Street, SE at Pennsylvania Ave - Fairfax Village (INSTALLED TODAY)
3000 Connecticut. NW - National Zoo
4500 Benning Road, NE (Benning Road Metro Station)
Calvert Street and 39th Street, NW (Stoddert Recreation Center)
Columbia Road and Belmont Road, NW
Alabama Avenue at 13th Street, SE - Congress Heights Metro
Florida Avenue and California Street, NW
Gallaudet University - 1st Street and Michigan, NW
Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road, NW
Good Hope Road and Minnesota Avenue, SE
M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Maryland Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (at 6th Street)
Massachusetts Avenue and 15th Street, SE
New Jersey Avenue and D Street, SE
Rhode Island Avenue and 1st Street, NW
Anacostia Avenue at Benning Road, NE - River Terrace
Thomas Circle at 14th Street, NW
Tingey Street and 3rd Street, SE (Yards Park )
Upshur Street and 14th Street, NW
Upshur Street and Georgia Avenue, NW
W Street and Martin Luther King Avenue, SE
List of current stations slated to expand:
4th Street and M Street, SW
7th Street and Water Street, SW - SW Waterfront
11th Street and Kenyon Street, NW
13th Street and D Street, NE
13th Street and H Street, NE
14th Street and Rhode Island Ave, NW
14th Street and V Street, NW
16th Street and Harvard Street, NW
16th Street and U Street, NW
21st Street and I Street, NW
C and O Canal and Wisconsin Ave, NW
Calvert Street and Woodley Place, NW
Eastern Market Metro / Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, SE
Lamont Street and Mt. Pleasant Street, NW
Lincoln Park / 13th and East Capitol Street, NE
Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle, NW
Metro Center / 12th Street and G Street, NW
Park Road and Holmead Place, NW