City Paper is not for tourists
Capital Bikeshare members are more likely to be employed than the average D.C. resident, and they save an average of $819 a year by using the service. But it’s not all good news: they’re also a little poorer than the average commuter in Washington.
The information comes from a new survey of Bikeshare users. While around 70 percent of adults in the D.C. area are employed, 90 percent of Bikeshare users have job. They’re also younger, whiter, better educated, and more likely to be men than the average commuter.
40 percent of members reported that they drive fewer miles, with Bikeshare estimating that its members drive 5 million fewer miles a year than they would without the service.
Who’s not benefitting from Bikeshare? The 20 percent of respondents who said joining the service didn’t make them bike more. For them, Bikeshare has become a bigger analogue of the unreturned Netflix envelope.
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