Washington D.C. launched their SmartBike DC bike-sharing program in August. This is the first publicly-funded bike-sharing program in North America, and it looks to be a great success. The only complaint seems to be the need for more bikes and stations. Alice Kelly with the District Department of Transportation said the program is much more popular than they anticipated, and they have plans to expand the system to meet demand.
SmartBike DC details:
- Participation requires a $40 annual fee and membership card
- There is a 3-hour trip limit, but bikes can be turned in and swapped for another an unlimited number of times for no charge