It’s been a long time coming, but Capital Bikeshare is finally getting serious about expanding along the Route 1 corridor.
New bikeshare stations opened recently in several key locations:
• Studio 3807 apartments in Brentwood
• West Hyattsville Metro on Queens Chapel Road and Hamilton Street
• Hyattsville Middle School
• The future new Hyattsville library site on Adelphi Road
• Northwestern High School in Hyattsville
This includes existing stations at the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville at 5495 Baltimore Ave., near City Hall in Mount Rainier at Perry and 35th Street and at Riverdale Park Station at 6621 Baltimore Ave. The system almost has enough stations to start making trips worthwhile.
But the Hyattsville Wire has learned that several other stations are in the works for this summer and fall, pending agreements with landowners:
• Magruder Park in Hyattsville (summer)
• Melrose Skatepark in Hyattsville (summer)
• Heurich Community Park in Hyattsville (summer)
• The Hotel at the University of Maryland (fall)
• College Park Metro station (fall)
• The former Quality Inn site in College Park (fall)
Greenbelt is also moving ahead with plans to install five bikeshare stations by the summer of 2020 at Greenbelt Station Parkway and North Center Drive, Breezewood Drive and Cherrywood Lane, Roosevelt Center, Crescent and Ridge roads near the police station and near Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
For now, the biggest drawback is that there isn’t a Capital Bikeshare near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station (although rival Zagster is at the College Park Metro already).
But each new station adds to the usefulness of the system, especially for residents who work in D.C. and may already have a membership. And as we’ve argued before, Capital Bikeshare is the new Metro when it comes to accessibility and development.