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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Yesterday the gauntlet was thrown down by Jonathan Murray:

“I think it’s time for an investigation into if/when the @bikeshare/@lyft e-bikes are coming back, led by @PoPville”

But I have answered, and answered with vigor:

Capital Bikeshare shares with us, “We’re committed to bringing them back in the fall. Can’t wait!”

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From CM Cheh’s twitter thread last night:

“Today, I introduced legislation to create new rules for electronic scooter/bike operators, users, and @DDOTDC. The first tweets on the bill focused on one particular provision, while the legislation is actually a rather broad bill with many components. (This is a long thread)

Electric scooters and bicycles produce multiple benefits for the District: reducing congestion and our carbon footprint, plus they’re fun for users. However, with these benefits have come significant challenges. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Ed. Note: Very cool but remember, these will be the self propelled rides.

From Capital Bikeshare:

“Capital Bikeshare will offer free 24-hour passes this Earth Day, April 22nd, encouraging DC-area residents to give bikeshare a try and choose sustainable, healthy, and fun transportation for their Monday commute.

Riders can obtain their free day pass by downloading the Capital Bikeshare app on April 22nd and entering the promo code EARTHDAY19, providing 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides on classic Capital Bikeshare bikes. Read More

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From Capital Bikeshare:

“Since Capital Bikeshare first deployed electric bikes last year, riders have taken thousands of rides and shared with us incredibly helpful and overwhelmingly positive feedback.

However, we recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Read More

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Yesterday we learned that JUMP (and Uber) was launching their scooters in D.C.

Marco writes this morning:

“We can’t take these companies seriously as they insinuate themselves into our cities as viable transportation options and then double their prices with one day’s notice.”

Ed. Note: For bikes it used to be $2 ride for 30 minutes and then .07/minute. I asked Marco to do the math on that, because I was told there would be no math today, and he replied:

“I guess from a customer perspective the “break even” is 13 minutes, so it’s a net loss to customers if the average rides are above that. But my bigger issue is the one day notice over email as it pertains to the city treating them as a transportation asset.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

are you getting emails from people about issues with Capital Bikeshare this morning? I just got an email that my bike wasn’t docked. I was able to run out and find what I think was the bike I docked (it had a rip on the seat so I found one in the same place/same rip) and it was locked but I moved it to a new station just to be safe. when I checked, the system still said I had the bike undocked from this morning. I then called the contact number and got a message saying they are having issues with some of their stations.

Curious if you are hearing this from others.”

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