Bike commuting keeps growing in D.C.

According to new Census Bureau data, 4.5 percent of D.C. working residents commuted by bicycle in 2013. That is up from 4.1 percent in 2012 and from 2.2 percent in 2009.

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How Capital Bikeshare has grown

(Lindsey Cook and Darla Cameron / Capital Bikeshare trip history data)

When the District and Arlington County launched Capital Bikeshare in 2010, it began with one van moving 300 bikes per day between 100 stations. Three years later, the service has swelled to one million rides so far in 2013. Rebalancing bikes is now a 20-hour job with six vans as the program struggles to accommodate mass interest among both residents and tourists. Capital Bikeshare has expanded every area of its business including doubling the number of stations and has more plans to grow in the coming years. Even though subscribers account for the most trips, the program is also popular among tourists who bring in more revenue riding around the Mall. Read related article.

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Happy birthday, Capital Bikeshare

The program’s 2,000 sturdy red bikes have become a part of the urban landscape

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Capital Bikeshare to sell helmets to members

(Bill O'Leary / THE WASHINGTON POST)

The regional cycling program is offering the protective gear when people buy or renew memberships.

The army behind Capital Bikeshare's rebalancing

Capital Bikeshare employees race against the clock to meet growing demand.

Capital Bikeshare for the 4th of July

Capital Bikeshare, the popular regional cycling network, plans to provide two bike corrals on Monday for people who use the system to visit the Mall on the Fourth of July.

Capital Bikeshare adds helmets and monthly payment plan

(Gerald Martineau / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Capital Bikeshare began selling helmets to members on Friday. The service also began offering a monthly payment plan for annual memberships.