This Halloween, we thought we’d share a few transit-related facts that certainly spooked us a little. (Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas about how to turn things around.)
Bike to Work Day has been around since 1956, held in May as a way of celebrating National Bike Month. In 2015, more than 17,000 people participated in the metropolitan DC region alone!
In 2008, Washington, DC, became the first city in North America to launch a bikeshare program — what has now become Capital Bikeshare. Since then, more than 40 cities in the U.S. and 600 across the world have introduced similar programs as part of their transportation infrastructure plans.
The benefits of bikeshare are plentiful — and varied! Not sold on it? Here’s just a few of them:
Bikesharing is the fastest growing mode of public transportation in the United States. As city leaders and transportation planners work to reduce the dependence on personal automobiles in response to climate change, bikesharing has emerged as one of the most viable ways to create more healthy, livable, and sustainable cities. Bikesharing provides all of the benefits of urban biking while removing many of the common barriers such as storage, theft, and parking.
When a bikeshare station is empty, or an app tells you it's only got a bike or two left, should you just try another station? In both cases, waiting it out is often the best bet for getting a bike most quickly.