Friday, August 8, 2008

SmartBikeDC program in beta test phase

According to The Wash Cycle, the DC bike sharing program, SmartBikeDC, is now in the beta test phase. The program is scheduled to launch on August 13. They are starting small, with 10 bike stations that hold 15 bicycles:

"Each bike station consists of a rental kiosk and docking points for secure parking of bikes. The kiosk processes the rental of bikes and provides information for users. It also transmits the operational status of a specific location to the operations center and sends diagnostic information and alerts to the central server."

"Bikes may not be available at a particular bike station at all times, depending on the frequency of usage. You may check availability of bikes here."

If you plan to rent a bike and have internet access, you can check the availability of bikes at a station by checking the Bike Availability page.

There is a $40 annual subscription fee which allows you to use a bike for up to three hours at a time. See the SmartBikeDC FAQ page for more info.

There are many applications in Fairfax County for this type of program in higher density areas such as Tysons Corner, especially once Metro arrives.

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