Right after my joyful discovery of Limebike in Charlotte, I had the chance to try out a similar dockless bikeshare while passing through DC over thanksgiving:
Ofo was recommended by a friend, and they had a similar setup with $1 rides, 3 speeds and an easily operable app. I did really like the quickest of quick release seatposts the Ofo bikes offered. It’s the only adjustment you really need to make on these bikes, and that much easier when you can adjust it by lifting a simple lever.
I hadn’t flown through Reagan International before, but since we had a few hours to kill waiting for family to fly, I figured I could sneak in my daily ride with a mile around the National Mall. A quick trip on the Subway was all it took to escape the airport waiting area. There was even time to visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to boot!
Pro tip: If you can swing it on a Tuesday, the special butterfly exhibit is also free and you can take selfies with ginormous caterpillars.
One of the best parts of riding every day of 2017 was getting to ride in different locations. Although it was quick, a ride around the Mall was a fun, memorable and totally free way to spend day #325 of the year.
And guess what? If your city has Ofo and isn’t covered in a bomb cyclone, you can ride for free all of January!
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I, too, was in the DC Metro are one the holidays. One thing I noticed was that Montgomery County, MD is now littered (literally) with OFO and LimeBikes. My son-in-law even say several discarded in Sligo Creek. I think the dockless bike concept is a good one to encourage bikes as transportation, but there needs to be a deployment that is more respectful of the communities.
The phrase “This is why we can’t have nice things” comes to mind. I hope these issues can be resolved! It looks like LimeBike has a “bonus bike” program where your ride is free if you use a bike that is in a certain location, so perhaps there are incentive programs that would encourage more appropriate placement and discourage abuse..
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