Capital Bikeshare to expand in D.C.

Capital Bikeshare will expand to 32 new locations in the District this fall, the first major expansion of the program founded by the city and Arlington County in September.

With membership in the program that offers bikes for trips steadily growing, the city will also increase the size of 18 docking stations and add 265 more bikes.

“With this expansion we will not only increase the overall reach of the system, but we will expand the program’s capacity by 22 percent in the downtown area, by 80 percent in our east of the river operations and by an average of 38 percent throughout each of the additional wards,” Terry Bellamy, director of the District Department of Transportation, said in a statement.

DDOT held public hearings on the new locations and evaluated potential sites based on their proximity to desirable destinations and the likelihood that they would help increase bike use.

The system currently has about 1,100 bikes available at more than 110 stations in the District and Arlington. Arlington hopes to add 30 stations in the Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston areas, and the program may expand to Rockville and Shady Grove next year.

During the morning rush period, Bikeshare vans collect bikes from popular downtown destinations and shuttle them back to neighborhoods for reuse. The expansion of popular stations is intended to alleviate the wait when commuters find all of the individual bike docking stations filled.

Membership costs $75 for a year, $25 for a month, $15 for five days and $5 for 24 hours. Long-term members get a key to unlock a bike from the docking station; short-term members get a five-digit code to do it. The first 30 minutes of riding are free, but fees kick in after that until the bike is returned to another docking station.

A list of the new and expanding stations is available online at wapo.st/cabi711. A map of existing locations is available at capitalbikeshare.com

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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