MCDOT has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation for a bike sharing system serving Friendship Heights, Bethesda, the Medical Center Metro area, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. In addition, during its regular session, the Maryland legislature approved a bill that will provide a $250,000 bond to the bike share program. The grant and bond will help pay for 50 bikeshare docking stations and 350 bikes.
The bike share stations would be integrated with the Capital Bikeshare system in Arlington and Washington. It will focus on connecting Metrorail stations with employment, residential, and commercial activity centers. Bikes may be picked up at one location and returned to another. Trips under 30 minutes are included in the membership fee, while longer trips are charged based on their duration.
MCDOT has already obtained a federal grant for 20 bikeshare stations to serve portions of the City of Rockville and the County’s Life Sciences Center near Shady Grove. For more information about bike sharing, go to the Division of Transit Services' Commuter Services website.