Tuesday, September 28, 2010


With the Shelby Farms Greenline set to open any day, and with tons of people already using it (including myself), I can't help but get excited.

A couple of years ago, I blogged about a short term bike rental program in Paris. Today I learned that a friend of mine in the DC/Arlington area just started using a similar program called Capital Bikeshare.

Throughout the city there are bike stations where you can pick up and drop off bikes. (When all is said and done, they will have 106 stations!) The bikes are designed to fit a wide range of body sizes and are adjustable. Patrons can get a 24 hour pass or pay a monthly fee for unlimited use.

From the website:
Washington D.C. and Arlington's system of bike trails, lanes and routes rank among the best in the country! Nationally recognized as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists, Washington D.C. and Arlington are the perfect place to travel and explore by bike. The region is laced with an extensive and growing network of off-street trails, on-street bike lanes, separated cycletracks, and sharrows. There are even bike lanes on one of the most iconic streets in America, Pennsylvania Avenue!

Looking for ideas on how to use Capital Bikeshare?

* Run errands and skip on the cost of parking
* Get your exercise on your way to work and save on trips to the gym
* Go to business meetings during your work day
* Expand your reach for lunch options by riding to nearby neighborhoods to grab a bite
* Ride to a ball game (Nationals, Capitals, DC United, Wizards are all accessible!)
* See and be seen at your favorite nighttime hot spots
* Enjoy the National Mall and Monuments up close and personal

Who knows, maybe Memphis will have something like this one day.

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