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DDOT Seeks Public Feedback on Dockless Bikeshare Technology

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Demonstration period to launch in September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts

Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is exploring the potential to allow dockless bikeshare options in the District of Columbia and invites the public to comment on the idea. Several private dockless bikeshare companies have expressed interest in operating in the District. As a result, DDOT is exploring a demonstration period with one or more of those companies to test this new approach.

Feedback on the demonstration period’s structure can be submitted via email to publicspace.policy@dc.gov through Friday, September 15. There will be additional opportunities to provide input throughout the demonstration period.

DDOT welcomes community feedback on the demonstration period’s terms, conditions, and evaluation criteria. Specifically, the agency is interested in feedback on:

  • The number of bikes, both aggregate or for any participating company
  • Bicycle parking requirements, including geographic distribution and rebalancing
  • Data access and transparency
  • Reporting requirements, and
  • Safety and education of riders

The demonstration period will begin around Wednesday, September 20, and last through April 2018. During this time, DDOT will evaluate the benefits and impacts, and develop appropriate regulations for a dockless system.

Dockless bikeshare is a new approach that enables bikeshare systems to operate without physical stations. Instead, dockless systems use bikes that self-lock and can be accessed via smartphone apps. Such technology has the potential to expand the number of bikeshare bikes in the District, and to provide access in areas DDOT has not yet been able to add bikeshare infrastructure.

Capital Bikeshare, one of the oldest, most successful bikeshare systems in the United States, is jointly operated by the District of Columbia, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County. All jurisdictions contribute to ongoing public investment in capital assets and operations. The dockless bikeshare demonstration period would supplement, not replace, the Capital Bikeshare system, and all bikes would be owned and operated by private entities.

Follow DDOT, Capital Bikeshare, and goDCgo on Twitter to learn more about travel options in the District of Columbia.

The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment. Follow us on Twitter for transportation-related updates and more; like us on Facebook and visit the website at www.ddot.dc.gov. Visit goDCgo.com for more information on transportation options in the District.