Wednesday, March 21, 2012

D.C. struggles to keep pace as bike population grows - The Washington Post

D.C. struggles to keep pace as bike population grows - The Washington Post

Bikes across from the White House image by Wendy Soucie
I am here in Washington DC this week as a citizen advocate from Wisconsin at the National Bike Summit. The summit hotel is just 5 blocks from the White House and 1 block from a Capitol Bikeshare station. There are lots of people riding here.  Men in suit and tie, workers, ladies in dresses, young and old, locals and visitors.

Most of the people at the conference who opted not to bring their regular bike or a folding bike is pretty comfortable for the sturdy rental bikes that are a bright and shiny red in the sunlight.

Capitol Bikeshare rack ready for the day - image by Wendy Soucie
I have yet to take a spin myself, as the line up of educational sessions and the full day of meetings with elected official will tie up Thursday.  What I do know is that the sessions on Bike Share programs at this conference are packed and Minnesota seems to be a leader. Madison then is definitely going in the right direction with their fledgling B Cycle program launched in Madison.