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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.

When buying new wasn’t an option, Capital Bikeshare got used bikes

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

After months with many orders on hold, Capital Bikeshare bought 25 used bike stations from Ottawa.


Capital Bikeshare works to recruit minorities and low-income residents

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

The fast-growing bike-sharing network is still mostly used by the young, white and well educated.

Are Capital Bikeshare bikes ever stolen?

A hundred bikes have been stolen since the program launched in 2010. All but 16 have been recovered.


Capital Bikeshare expansion hindered by bankruptcy of Montreal-based bike vendor

(Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

College Park’s plan to join the bike network on hold; other jurisdictions unable to place orders to expand.

Capital Bikeshare put on hold in College Park

A plan to bring Capital Bikeshare to College Park is on hold as a result of a bankruptcy filing by the company that provides the bicycles. The city planned to launched Feb. 1.

Capital Bikeshare runs out of member keys

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

Capital Bikeshare says a problem with supplies has left it with no more member keys.


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