The District of Columbia has set a goal that by 2032, 25% of all commutes be walking or biking. Dockless bike and scooter programs can help us get to this goal, but we need to embrace an expansive vision of the system.
A worldwide study says that DC should have at least 20,000 bikes (docked and dockless). Right now our regulations allow only 400 bikes or scooters per company, and DC has about 2,500 Capital Bikeshare bikes. As the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) considers permanent regulations for dockless operators, we ask that you design regulations primarily around the future we want to build.
Residents do have some reasonable concerns about how dockless bikeshare works in our city. We hope that DDOT will address them and continue to work with the participating companies to remedy these concerns:
We look forward to a day when more residents and visitors, of all backgrounds and incomes, can easily choose to walk, bike or scoot to where they need to go. We ask that the District take needed steps to help the dockless systems grow into an integral part of this future.
In the media
‘Dear DDOT’: We want 20,000 dockless bikes - Washington Post
*Video* - Push underway to bring 20,000 dockless bikes and scooters to DC - ABC 7 WJLA
Let's bring 20,000 shared bikes to DC - Greater Greater Washington
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