New Bikeshare Station Headed to M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Intersection

The new station will be in the small island in front of the Lukoil gas station.

After receiving plenty of community input, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced 32 new Capital Bikeshare stations coming to locations throughout the District. Georgetown will receive a new station at the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in the small island in front of the Lukoil gas station.

The station will be placed in the DDOT right of way on the island and will be installed in the fall of 2011. Additionally, Georgetown's station on Wisconsin Avenue at the C&O Canal will be expanded to increase its capacity.

“With this expansion we will not only increase the overall reach of the system, but we will expand the program’s capacity by 22 percent in the downtown area, by 80 percent in our East of the River operations and by an average of 38 percent throughout each of the additional Wards,” said Terry Bellamy, DDOT Director in a news release.

When DDOT , the list of proposed locations in Georgetown did not pass muster with the Georgetown ANC.

DDOT suggested one station in to which the , and one in the parking lot of that the ANC felt is a wasted opportunity.

At the , DDOT's Chris Holben said he "appreciates the input" given by ANC2E, "most [ANCs] have not given me this much attention to detail."

Holben explained that the average size of a station is six feet in width by 40 or 50 feet in length. The stations have to be place in a contiguous space- no manholes, sewer grates, or tree boxes. They also need to get enough direct sunlight to support the solar-powered stations.

"It is hard to find that space in the city, especially in Georgetown," said Holben.

The ANC suggeted that a station at the south end of Rose Park on M Street near 28th would be a preferable location for a station, "it provides much more access to commuters going downtown on a bicycle," said Commissioner Tom Birch.

Ulitmately, the M Street location was chosen and it will bring Georgetown's total to five stations. Other existing locations include the Waterfront station on K Street, the Wisconsin Avenue station, the station at the main gates of the University and the location at .

Shaun Courtney July 27, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Great list! Our neighbors to the north in Glover Park got a new station near Stoddert Elementary, but a spot over by Jetties would definitely help with connectivity. DDOT promises that more will come when the money is available. For now though, look how far this has come since launching just last September!
Jacques July 27, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Definitely -- I used the system enough in the first 8 months that it convinced me to buy my own bike (at Bike and Roll's annual inventory sale). Now I commute most days downtown with my own bike, but still ride bikeshare about 3-4 times per week.
Shaun Courtney July 27, 2011 at 08:02 PM
It's definitely a good training wheels of sorts to see how biking fits with your lifestyle. Now if only my condo had room for a bike of my own...
Judith Bunnell July 27, 2011 at 11:32 PM
We really need one near Marvelous Market or Long and Foster building. Unless you live near the university you have to walk downhill to go over to Dupont which really makes no sense...what was the ANC thinking when they ditched the Long and Foster idea??
Jacques July 28, 2011 at 03:13 PM
I agree Judith, although it's partly self-interested, as the Long & Foster location would be within an easy walk of my home!


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