Bad news for bikers: SmartBike expansion stymied
When the District Department of Transportation announced in March that SmartBike (the ride-sharing program that began last August) was set to expand to Georgetown this summer, we were pretty pumped. Turns out the future of Georgetown bike-sharing isn’t quite so bright, though.
According to the Georgetown Metropolitan, Clear Channel, who agreed to run the program in exchange for control over the advertising in new D.C. bus shelters, isn’t being terribly cooperative. Since they’ve already got their advertising rights shored up, they’re unwilling to add new bike stations.
GM thinks D.C. might have to cut the cord with Clear Channel and find another more accommodating company to run the program. Either way, looks like this summer’s projected expansion isn’t gonna happen…
Photo from Flickr user Mr. T in DC, used under a Creative Commons license.