Capital Bikeshare Gets Boost from County Council
The Montgomery County Council passed two measures to make it easier for developers to build Capital Bikeshare docking stations, Bethesda Now reported.
This spring, Montgomery County is slated to get 29 Capital Bikeshare docking stations, with 200 bikes in Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Medical Center, Takoma Park and Silver Spring, Chevy Chase Patch reported.
Eleven of those stations will be in Bethesda and four will be in Friendship Heights, Bethesda Patch added. To get the ball rolling on building the docking stations, the Montgomery County Council approved two measures on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Bethesda Now reported:
- The use of funds from a special development tax to build and maintain the docking stations.
- Granting developers building permits for Bikeshare docking stations without approved site plans. The requirement of an approved site plan in order to get a building permit for a docking station was "something developers told the county would be an obstacle," Bethesda Now added.
The Chevy Chase Land Company is one of the county transportation department's private sector partners, and has offered to pay for two stations—one in Friendship Heights and the other in Bethesda. The land company's pledge enabled the county transportation department to come up with the matching funds needed to secure the state transportation department's grant of $1.2 million for the Bikeshare system, Sandra Brecher—chief of Montgomery County Commuter Services—said, Chevy Chase Patch reported last year.
The docking stations are 6 feet deep, and require an extra 6 feet of space to allow Bikeshare users to maneuver bikes in and out of the stations. "Space for the docks may prove tricky in downtown Bethesda, however, where sidewalks are 12 feet," Bethesda Patch reported.
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