Washington DC set to pass Portland OR as top bike communting city, in large part because of bike share - The New York Times

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Washington could soon bypass Portland, Ore., as the American city with the highest share of bicycle commuters, due in part to growing competition among bike-borrowing programs, according to census data and cycling enthusiasts.

Five companies are vying for real estate in the capital’s bike-share market, offering GPS-tracked bikes that lock themselves without a central kiosk. The newest bike-share offering — Jump, which arrived last Monday — uses an electric motor to bolster manual pedaling, so riders do not have to break a sweat.

But while the city embraces its innovative bicycling culture, longtime riders argue that the capital still lacks infrastructure to support it. With almost 17,000 bicycle commuters in 2016, the city is facing ever-greater urgency to ensure commuter safety.

MoBikeFed comment: This is as good a time as any to remind everyone that St. Louis remains the largest midwest city with no bike share program.

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