Urban Commute

Yet Another Carshare Option

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In case Zipcar and Car2Go somehow don’t meet your needs, Enterprise rent-a-car is introducing their own carshare program. It sounds pretty similar to Zipcar – reserve cars ahead of time, and return the car where you found it. Cars will be located around downtown DC, and will be “newer, cleaner cars that can fit friends.” They take care of fuel, physical damage, and liability protection and maintenance – and have waived all membership fees from now til the end of the year. Perhaps that makes it worth checking out? Learn more here.

 

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Biker’s Highway to Undergo Repairs

DCist reports that the two-way bike lane on 15th Street will be closed for repairs for about 4 weeks starting Friday. Start mapping out your alternative routes now – and keep in mind that 14th and 16th street aren’t nearly as bike-friendly, unfortunately. Here’s the full story from DCist:

Work to Repair 15th Street Cycle Track Begins Friday

 

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The 15th Street cycle track in its better, albeit wetter, days. (Photo by Andrew Bossi)

Attention, cyclists of D.C.: Starting Friday, the 15th Street NW cycle track will be closed for repairs.

According to Monica Hernandez of the District Department of Transportation, concrete work will begin Friday to repair curbs, gutters and wheelchair ramps. This will take two weeks. After that, the resurfacing phase will take four to five days followed by two to three days of repaving. (Goodbye, cute messages!) Pavement markings will then be put in place, which will take three to five days. The work should take approximately four weeks in total.

Construction will take place between K and Swann Streets NW at one to two block intervals from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work will cost approximately $500,000.

As for an alternative route, well, that aren’t great options. There are unprotected bike lanes on a portion of 14th Street NW, while 16th Street NW is bike lane-less.

Warm Fuzzies from Capital Bikeshare

Congrats to Capital Bikeshare for hitting the 5 million ride mark in DC yesterday! According to them, the rider wasn’t just pedaling off to work – there’s actually a nice little story behind the milestone ride. Here’s the story from their blog:

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Capital Bikeshare Hits 5 Million & a Lot of Other Awesome Bikeshare Stats

Posted on Sep 04, 2013

We’ve hit another milestone! On Sunday, August 18, Capital Bikeshare hit 5 million rides! That’s right, 5 MILLION. But we’d be remiss to omit the other totally awesome milestones we hit that very same week! We had the highest weekly ridership ever, with 67,980 trips taken and had the highest daily ridership average, with 9,711 trips. That’s almost 10,000 trips on Capital Bikeshare a day! Less than a month from our third anniversary, we’ll take it!

And who was the unsuspecting 5 millionth rider? One Ally Pregulman picked up a bike at the Adams Mill Rd & Columbia Rd station and docked it at 14th and Harvard at exactly 7:36pm. The purpose of her trip, you ask? Well, it so happens that Ally is a bit of a do-gooder and rode over to her friend’s house to administer a home-cooked meal to help him mend a broken wrist. She’s like the Florence Nightingale of Capital Bikeshare, if you will. Naturally, we will shower her with Capital Bikeshare paraphernalia and throw in some goodies for her injured fellow CaBi member as well. Congratulations, Ally!