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by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I came out of a meeting in Dupont to hop on my bike to my next meeting to find a Mobike on top of mine. I pulled it off and tried to go on my way but the back tire wasn’t moving because the Mobike had broken my back brake and smashed it into the tire to the point that it can’t move! Now I also can’t easily push my bike to a shop. Has anyone succeeded in getting Mobike assistance in repairing the bike or at least identifying the Mobike user who did the damage?”

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

Here’s a video showing a team of guys stealing a bag from a car parked in Shaw. This happened Monday around 3:40pm. Hopefully MPD has asked that bike share company for the account information used to rent the bike.”

Of course it seems possible…: “Here is a dockless bike share seen last night outside safeway on the Hill. This guy must have really wanted it to bother spray painting it like that. He forgot the back of the seat though.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

We live in a rowhouse in Petworth and it appears our neighbor is renting out the alley space behind their house to one of the dockless bikeshare companies called Ofo. Every other day another batch of 7-8 bikes shows up on the small strip of land between their fence and the street. The bikes are occasionally blocking traffic in the alley and can make it difficult for other neighbors to park.

Is this legal? Can one rent out this space to a private company? If they don’t have a permit, would DCRA or DDOT be the enforcement agency in the District to deal with these bikes? Any advice your readers have would be helpful.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

From an email:

“2018 is going to be a big year for station-free bike sharing in the US and even bigger for ofo. To kick off the year and share some ofo love, we’re offering free rides in all US cities for the entire month of January.

That’s right, every ofo ride in the DC area in January is free!

As ofo continues to rapidly expand across the country, we wanted to take a moment to thank our first US cities and give something back, so starting today through January 31, all rides in the DC area are on us.

How it works: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 15, 2017 at 11:15 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

This morning as I was unlocking a Jump Bike on the bike racks outside the Woodley Park Metro, a woman who was locking her own bike lectured me on how it was improper for bike shares to be left on the racks because the racks were for people like her who own their bikes. She went on to claim, as if she knew this for a fact, that the city would not give Jump Bikes a contract after the current trial period because their bikes take up rack space. She then walked away.

I have no idea if what she is saying is true, but I am a big fan of Jump Bikes since the electric motor makes my uphill commute tolerable. DC is a hilly city, and a muggy city for much of the year, so many of us stand to bike more with the electric bikes as an option. Bottom line, I would be very sad if Jump Bikes couldn’t get a contract. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

From an email:

“ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F are pleased to announce that they have launched a new website for the upcoming town hall on the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) dockless bikeshare demonstration program. The new website can be found here.

The new website includes logistical information for the town hall, including a program agenda, and information on DDOT’s demonstration program, including responses from a pre-town hall survey that was sent to each of the five dockless bikeshare companies operating in DC (Mobike, LimeBike, Jump, Spin, and ofo). (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2017 at 11:15 am 0

Well this pretty much sums up 2017.

From WMATA:

“Demarcus Joseph Graves, 50, was arrested by Transit Police yesterday evening on charges of felony malicious destruction of property, malicious burning, impeding Metro operations, fare evasion, and open warrants.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, an individual, subsequently identified as Graves, was observed on Metro digital video systems entering Minnesota Avenue Station making no attempt to pay the fare. The subject walked upstairs to the train platform where he came upon a LimeBike (bike share bicycle) that had been left there by a Metro customer.

For unknown reasons, at 7:03 p.m., the subject is observed picking up the LimeBike and throwing it onto the inbound Metro tracks. The bike landed between the two rails and was struck by an arriving Orange Line about 90 seconds later. Passengers aboard the train were safely offloaded to the platform; there were no injuries.

The impact with the bicycle caused significant damage to the undercarriage of the train. Metro was forced to single track around the incident for more than four hours before the train could be moved. (more…)

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