Running one of the United States’ first big bike sharing systems was always going to be a roller coaster ride in the first year, with no way to forecast how many people might want to hop aboard in any given month. But with the help of the Capital Bikeshare dashboard, we can at least tell how many people rode in the previous months, and look for patterns.
Since the winter, ridership has been on a steep trajectory upwards, reaching 134,000 trips in May. In June, that growth started to level off, and I’d be willing to bet that it plateaus in July, given the fact that it’s been less than joyful pedaling lately. But if it stays at that baseline and just continues to increase again come crisp fall days (and continued system expansion) we could get a sense of the shape of things to come.