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Bike Share, Unplanned

Three private bike-share companies are determined to shake up the streets of D.C. But what, exactly, are they trying to disrupt?
There's a new sharer in town.
There's a new sharer in town.Andrew Small/CityLab

Dwight Eisenhower once said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” The same might be said for bike share.

Seven years after Washington, D.C., debuted the first major, modern, and carefully planned bike-share system in the U.S., the District opened the streets Wednesday to its younger, scrappier cousins: private, dockless bike-share companies.