Cities and counties throughout the country are turning to cycling infrastructures to reduce greenhouse emissions and traffic congestion. However, these structures would not be successful without a bike share program, which allows people to rent bikes from a kiosk or smartphone.
Prince George’s County, Maryland unveiled a $1.6 million plan on Thursday that would involve installing a total of 67 bike stations, with a fleet of 670 rental bikes, phasing them in over the next few years. The Capital Bikeshare program is scheduled to begin in spring of 2018.
There will be four bike stations installed at the National Harbor and 25 stations in the Anacostia Trails Heritage area. The bike share program will expand into College Park, Langley Park, Greenbelt and other areas.
Prince Georgians will be able to rent a bike from any Capital Bikeshare kiosk. All trips are affordable and less than 30 minutes, but participants can ride longer by paying a usage fee, ranging from $1.50 to $6. A single trip costs $2; 24-hour pass costs $8; 3-day pass $17; annual membership $85, which can be paid annually or monthly.
Capital Bikeshare operates in Montgomery County, Maryland, D.C. and three different counties in Virginia.