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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Gray announces big expansion of Capital BikeShare

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray opened a new Capital BikeShare station Wednesday near the John A. Wilson and Ronald Reagan buildings that he said will make it easier for city and federal workers to use the popular system.

“This new location couldn’t be more convenient for our employees ... and I encourage them to take advantage of this healthy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective transit service,” Gray said of the site at 14th and D streets NW.

Capital BikeShare, the largest bike-sharing network in the country, has been growing rapidly since it was first launched last fall.

Gray said the system, a joint venture between the District and Arlington and a private firm, has 10,700 members.

Over the next week, the D.C. Department of Transportation also plans to install five additional stations downtown where workers, tourists and residents can pick up or drop off the red bicycles.

The new stations will be at 17th and K streets NW near Farragut Square; 12th and G streets near Metro Center; Fourth and D streets NW near Judiciary Square; Eighth and F streets near the National Portrait Gallery; and at the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

Gray said a total of 25 new stations would be added in the District this summer, with “dozens” more likely to be installed in Arlington.

“We are committed to adding more bikes and more stations to meet increasing demand,” Gray said.

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