Welcome to Brunette à Bicyclettea collection of thoughts, photos, and videos; my digital scrapbook of the people and places I’ve come to love, wherever I happen to be (currently, that’s Washington, DC).
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Category Archives: Bikeshare Programs
When I first moved to Washington a few years ago, the District had a bickeshare program in place called SmartBike, the first of its kind in North America (go DC!). But, the stops were few and far between, the bikes were clunkly, and I rarely saw anyone using them. Apparently, the baskets were also sub-par, and the design of the bikes themselves was a turnoff to users.
But in late 2010, the District came out with its very own replacement program, Capital Bikeshare (CabBi), which has been extremely sucessful and remains the largest bikeshare program in the country. I heard rave reviews from friends and I’m always rooting for any and all bikeshare programs anyway. But, I wasn’t prepared to be blown away: I’m spoiled when it comes to this sort of thing and my previous disappointment with DC’s bikeshare efforts didn’t help matters any. (SmartBike was highly praised too right before it bombed.) But, boy was I wrong! Continue reading →
What better topic for a first post than bicyclettes? I use the vélib’ system quite a bit, since I don’t currently have a bike of my own. They’re a great way to get around Paris, whether you live here or are just visiting for a few days. I’ve included some simple how-tos, tips, and tricks from my experience below. Continue reading →