DC’s one-year-old Capital Bike Share program has demonstrated its power to transform perceptions of cycling in the city. David Alpert’s August Washington Post article credits CaBi with improving driver/cyclist/pedestrian cooperation, wisely investing transportation dollars and increasing rates of private bike ownership and ridership. It’s a great read.
While not without it’s struggles, CaBi offers Washingtonians and city visitors a low-cost and reliable way to get around town without adding to its status as the #1 most traffic-congested city in the US. The problems with using CaBi are a paradox of its popularity. Membership in the system is outpacing available stations and distribution systems. This is a fixable problem and one that costs little relative to other transportation initiatives.
Question: Could a bike share system similarly transform transportation in Baltimore?