The Washington Nationals October playoff run sure was exciting. Almost as exciting was the volume of bike activity around Nationals stadium. Clearly, lots of Nats fans are realizing that getting to and from the game by bike is the way to go! The bike parking at the stadium was full, every rack and lamppost in the area had a bike locked to it, and the Capital Bikeshare stations were jamming. In fact, the station closest to the stadium had a staffed bike corral for the playoff games which was used by well over 100 riders each game!
We thought it would be interesting to see where all those Capital Bikeshare riders dispersed to after the game. Take a look at the visualization above.
Red circles represent the volume of bikes going out from the 3 stations near the stadium. Green circles represent volume of bikes arriving at other stations throughout the system.
This visualization shows trips starting between 4pm and 5pm on October 10, 2012. The start stations included are 1st & N St SE (including corral), M St & New Jersey Ave SE, and 1st & K St SE.
How did Arlington’s portion of Capital Bikeshare do in its second year of service? Are Arlingtonians and visitors using the service? How many trips are made and how much was spent? These questions and a lot more are discussed in Arlington County’s “FY12 Summary Report on Capital Bikeshare” (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required). The report’s highlights include the service’s continued cost recovery growth, annual key indicator data, member survey analysis, and accomplishments.
Not to spoil the conclusion for you, but yes, the service had a good year. The County expanded Capital Bikeshare throughout the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor during this time period, more than doubling its number of stations from 18 to 41 and bikes from 123 to 286. With the additional stations and bikes came an increased cost recovery ratio – the percentage of revenues divided by expenses. Fiscal Year 2011 had a 53% cost recovery ratio and FY12 saw an increase to 64%.
Arlington’s portion of the service had $411,000 in revenues from memberships, user fees, and sponsorships and $473,000 in operations expenses, plus $170,000 in management and marketing – totaling $643,000 in expenses. The number of trips starting and ending in Arlington increased by about 280% to 88,613 (trips starting) and 86,438 (trips ending). The number of miles ridden in Arlington increased 343% to about 95,000 miles, which helped remove nearly 64,000 pounds of CO2 from the air. The service also got us more active and we burned over 4.1 million calories to be fit.
The report also discusses our accomplishments, such as our partnership with Bank on DC, Transit Development Plan, map panels design updated, marketing campaign, and call center improvements. The report can be found online at BikeArlington.com (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required).
More than two thirds of all bike/car crashes happen at intersections. As a bicyclist, it’s critical to know what you can do to stay visible, predictable and safe when approaching, navigating and leaving an intersection, whether you turn or go straight through.
1. When approaching an intersection, ride in the center of the rightmost lane that will take you the direction you want to go—right lane for turning right, left lane for turning left, etc.
2. Check behind you, then use hand signals to indicate that you are changing lanes or turning.
3. Make eye contact with drivers around you to ensure that they have noticed you—communication is key!
4. When stopped at an intersection, do so in the center of the lane—either in front of or behind a car—to ensure that you are seen by the driver. Don’t wait off to the side, where they may not be looking.
5. Drivers are often unable to estimate the speed of bikes and think they have enough time to make a turn. Keep an eye on drivers traveling in the opposite lane and turning left across your path.
This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.
Flattery will get you absolutely everywhere with Capital Bikeshare! That’s why when casual CaBi user Jefferson S. asked us to hook him up with a Capital Bikeshare bicycle to participate in the Nation’s Triathlon, we just had to make him our next Member of the Month. Because seriously? A triathlon? What was he thinking? We’ll let Jefferson tell you himself what he loves about the Capital Bikeshare program and what possessed him to choose one of our solid little red bikes for a race.
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare celebrates its second birthday, marking the end of a very successful year that saw the addition of more stations in the District and Arlington, and most recently, the City of Alexandria. Alexandria kicked off the birthday celebration with an official Launch Party on Wednesday, and today it is Capital Bikeshare Day, by proclamation, in both DC and Arlington.