City Desk

Bikeshare Probably Headed to the Mall

Aerial view of proposed Bikeshare locations

It seemed silly that Bikeshare and the National Mall weren't paired up when the public bike program rolled out, which may be why the National Park Service is saying they were totally considering that option all along you guys, jeez:

The National Park Service began seeking public input Tuesday on five proposed sites for bike share stations clustered around the National Mall, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and the Washington Monument.

"The National Park Service is moving forward in order to work with and find locations to accommodate Capital Bikeshare on the National Mall," spokesman Bill Line told The Washington Examiner.

The proposals are a sharp turnaround for the park service, which has limited which transportation could be based at its parks. Pedi-cabs, taxis and the DC Circulator have been limited in how close to the Mall they can operate. That also has kept the growing Capital Bikeshare system from venturing inside park service sites such as Lincoln Park, McPherson Square, along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mall.

But Line disagreed, saying the service has been considering adding bike share stations to its crown jewel, the Mall, for a while.

"There was talk and consideration of it all along," Line said. "We needed to figure out how best to implement it."

Interested parties can review the proposed plans and comment at parkplanning.nps.gov/Capitalbikeshare.

Photo by the National Park Service

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  • Mrs. D

    Yes, please, West Potomac Park. HARDEST place on the Mall to get to without a car! Yeah, I'll tell them, too, but that makes me SUPER happy!

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