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Capital Bikeshare wants you to plan Arlington expansion

Monday - 6/27/2011, 7:53am  ET

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In this screenshot of the crowdsource map, the green pins are bikeshare station locations proposed by the community, and the yellow pins are stations the county has suggested. (Photo courtesy of BikeArlington.com)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Arlington County is looking to dramatically expand its bikesharing program, and it's turning to local citizens to figure out how.

The county is holding a public meeting Monday evening to seek suggestions on where to locate up to 30 new stations for Capital Bikeshare planned for the next year. Most of the kiosks are planned for the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, where the bicycles could be used in conjunction with Metrorail.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. in meeting rooms Cherry/Dogwood on the lobby level.

Bike Arlington has created a crowdsourcing map to show the proposed bikeshare station locations, and to allow participants to suggest others.

Respond to Bike Arlington by e-mail to RSVP for the meeting, or to share ideas about the program.

Arlington already has about a dozen locations in Capital Bikeshare, which is a joint partnership between the county of the District of Columbia's transportation department and has more than 13,000 members.

People pay $5 for a 24-hour membership which can be purchased directly at kiosks or $75 for an annual membership. Additional fees are charged for rentals longer than 30 minutes.

Check out the Station Map for more details on the current bikeshare locations.

Maryland also is considering joining Capital Bikeshare.

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