With the launch of Arlington's and D.C.'s bike-sharing service just two
months away in September, the buzz is spreading over the region as to
the name and look of the bike. Through a public voting process, the name "Capital Bikeshare" won the most votes. The bikes soon will be found at
over 114 locations in the region with a fleet of 1,110 bikes, making it
the new largest service in the U.S. and one of the few regional
services in the world. The Arlington portion of the service will be
comprised of 110 bikes and 14 stations.
The bike design is coming together as well. While other bike-sharing services throughout the world have bikes colored gray to fit in with the historic architecture of some cities, and others are neon colors to make them eye-catching, Capital Bikeshare bikes will be dark red to match D.C.'s Circulator bus (and upcoming streetcar) branding. The color is unobtrusive, yet energized.
by Paul DeMaio, MetroBike, LLC, a consultant to Arlington County Commuter Services.
Article cross-posted at The Bike-sharing Blog.