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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 07/19/2011

A no-bike-sharing zone


The National Park Service spokesperson told Spokes Magazine that putting Capital Bikeshare stations on the Mall would violate its historic purpose, and implies that it just serves “select individuals” instead of “American citizens.”

You would think the National Park Service would be interested in sustainability and recreation. After all, their service is about parks. That’s what I certainly assumed when first moving to D.C., since to most people outside the District the Park Service’s reputation involves beautiful natural places and interesting historic sites well designed for visitors.


A Capital Bikeshare station. (James A. Parcell)
But when it comes to many issues including bicycling, the Park Service sounds like Robert Moses was the last parks commissioner they ever heard from. Moses built many parkways across New York state, because he viewed enjoyment of nature from the automobile as sacred, but abhorred all other modes and refused to design his parkways to accommodate buses, bikes or pedestrians.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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