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Biking in Washington DC: Capital Bikeshare, bike lanes, and commuting

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Capital Bikeshare’s signature red bikes have become a visible presence in Washington DC. Tourists can rejoice that the National Park Service recently allowed Bikeshare stations to be opened on the Mall. Go ahead, explore Washington on two wheels. Locally, the red bikes plus added bike lanes make commuting by bicycle a much more viable option. Yet the city might not even be able to keep pace with the growth in bicycle ridership. Here are some tips so you don’t get in any bicycle collisons.


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(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

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