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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Capital Bikeshare adds features as first anniversary nears


(Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Capital Bikeshare, the popular regional cycling network started by Arlington County and the District, is about a month away from celebrating its first anniversary on Sept. 20.

Officials have been adding stations, more bikes and additional features during that period.

The program announced today that rides will now be able to review estimates of their total distance, calories burned and reduction in carbon footprint for each ride. The information will be listed in the rental history, along with a running total for the last 200 trips.

Capital Bikeshare also announced that it’s throwing a party to celebrate the first anniversary. The celebration is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Yards Park in Southeast Washington. (That also happens to be Car Free Day. Have you taken the pledge?)

According to the latest statistics, riders rolled up 141,340 trips in July, with 2,987,409 minutes of use. That’s a decline of 2 percent from June, officials said, still noteworthy considering the record heat the region has experienced this summer.

The system currently has about 1,100 bikes available at more than 110 stations in the District and Arlington. Last month officials announced that Capital Bikeshare would expand to 32 new locations in the District this fall. Plans are also underway to add 30 stations in Arlington and to expand to Rockville and Shady Grove next year.

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