Brookland To Get Another Capital Bikeshare Station! Read How Astrid Made It Happen

Capitol Bikeshare Station in Brookland near CVS at 12th and Newton Streets NE. Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Flikr.

About a year ago, Astrid, one of our bloggers here at the Brookland  Bridge started the application process to get a Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station installed in Brookland at the corner of 12th and Irving NE. It seemed like a great location, being just across the street from Casey Trees, where over 30 people work daily and volunteers come and go. Plus, she thought it was important to bring a bikeshare station deeper into our neighborhood. We finally got word today that all her hard work paid off, as CaBi announced 12th and Irving as part of their next wave of new stations. Way to go Astrid! I sat down with her and asked her some questions about how she got it done.  New stations are also coming to the Chancellor’s Row development/St. Paul’s campus.

Why did you initiate the request for the bike share station at 12th and Irving?

I had been intrigued by the Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) system for quite some time. It is a wonderful alternative to other forms of transportation. It is environmentally friendly, fun, easily accessible, and an amenity that benefits local businesses and residents alike. I noticed that NE DC had very few stations and is not well-connected to the CaBi network yet. When I started the application process, the only NE CaBi stations were at Catholic University, the Brookland Metro, and the CVS on 12th Street. The station at 4th and Rhode Island was about to be installed as an amenity for the Mint condominium building. But the gap between these stations the rest of the network was quite big. I think it is important to have more stations installed in Brookland and NE in general, so many more DC residents have access to the Bikeshare system.

How did you go about getting the application together?

First I identified the department and team at DDOT that handles all matters related to CaBi. My primary contact was Chris Holben, who has been extremely supportive and helpful during the entire process. Once I knew where to submit my request, I started the ground work. I created a flyer which explained the CaBi program and membership, the benefits it would bring to our neighborhood, as well as a section for the  name and contact information of potential supporters. I went house to house in a 3 block radius around 12th and Irving. I made sure neighbors understood that I am not with CaBi, but just a neighbor who thinks that it is a great program. In the address field I added an option where supporters could identify themselves as being interested in becoming CaBi members, if a station would be installed in their immediate neighborhood. This added additional weight to my application. I also reached out to local businesses and asked them to write a letter supporting the new CaBi location. Many thanks to Casey Trees, First Time Computers, The Menkiti Group, Abbott Klar Realtor Group, as well as the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  for their immediate response to my request. I completed my application package with pictures of the proposed location and I hand delivered it to Mr. Holben at his office.

How long did the process take?

I submitted my application on January 31, 2012. All location suggestions go through a lengthy selection process including a site visit of a DDOT team or representative. I learned that CaBi experienced a back-order situation for some of the equipment, and therefore had to delay the installation for a several months. According to the announcement, we should have the new station by March 2013.

Anything else you would like the readers to know?

Spread the word about the Capital Bike Share system, become a member if you think you will benefit from it, because the more demand we can show for it in NE DC, the more stations will be added in the future.

10 thoughts on “Brookland To Get Another Capital Bikeshare Station! Read How Astrid Made It Happen”

    1. Thanks Bryan! I am also excited about the stations going in on RIA. (I tried to embed the map of CaBi current and future stations in the post but gave up after a while 🙁 ) This is great news for NE DC!

  1. Hi Brian,
    Shani mentioned the planned station at the Chancellor’s Row / EYA development in her post. I believe that is the one at 7th and Hamlin, right? Or is there an additional station that you heard about?
    In any case, it is so exciting to see that the CaBi network is extended into the NE quadrant of DC.

    1. not sure exactly where the 7th and Hamlin CaBi station will be placed or if it will be considered part of the EYA PUD/Community Benefits package. Regardless, totally agree that its great to see several new CaBi stations come to NE!

  2. Astrid is a tireless community advocate who understands the needs of Brookland and dedicates her time to promoting our causes. We are fortunate to have her activism in our community. Well done, Astrid! Diane 911.

  3. This is great — but what Brookland needs are more stations spread out through the neighborhood. The station a the metro and the two on 12th should be hubs with spoke spread across the neighborhood.

    Monroe and 18th, Perry Street School, the Monastery would be great starts, then something in Michigan Park, Woodridge, etc.

    1. Hi Josh,
      I agree totally! I would add Turkey Thicket to your list. The best thing we can do is use the heck out of the ones we have, to show the need and interest in this area. One of challenges we had in requesting the station at 12th and Irving was the lack of CaBi members in the immediate area. There is a crowd sourcing map where you can request new stations, but it is only open to current members. So we couldn’t use this to make our case. It is kind of a catch 22 because why would you be a member if you don’t have a station near your home?

    2. Hi Josh,
      Check out this link on the CaBi website:
      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204260464431711913240.0004d0d6dcf1369abfffd&msa=0&ll=38.926364,-76.976609&spn=0.02544,0.065875

      There you can see one of the yellow pins marks the location at Monroe and 18th as a suggested station. In order for that station to be approved and installed, it is important to show DDOT that there is a lot of support coming from the neighbors, businesses and organizations.

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