Correction to This Article
The Local Digest item about the Capital Bikeshare bicycle-sharing network, which is to begin operating next month, incorrectly said that it is offering a 50 percent discount on annual memberships. Annual memberships are available for a limited time for $50, a $25 discount off the regular price of $75.
Local Digest

Washington region bike-sharing network to start

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Bike-sharing network to start

Cyclists can sign up for the region's new bike-sharing network, Capital Bikeshare, which is scheduled to debut next month.

One thousand bicycles will be available at 100 locations in the District and Arlington County for use by registered members. The program is offering a 50 percent discount off the $50 annual membership fee. According to the District Transportation Department, monthly memberships are available for $25, and daily memberships will be available at the bike stations for $5. Locations, which are being finalized, can be previewed at

The memberships allow for unlimited rentals, with the first 30 minutes of every trip being free. The second half-hour will cost $1.50, and the third half-hour will cost $3. Each 30-minute period beyond that will cost $6. The District said the pricing is designed to encourage short-term rentals.

-- Staff reports


MS-13 gang member sentenced for rape

A member of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang, or MS-13, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a teenage family member in Loudoun County last year.

The felony conviction was the third for Roberto A. Calderon, 25, of Sterling, who was convicted of arson on school property at 14 and malicious wounding by mob for a gang attack on a man at the Reston Town Center in 2001. Calderon served four years in prison for that assault, and Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman said records showed Calderon had "MS-13" tattooed on his chin at the time.

Last August, a 17-year-old relative reported to authorities that Calderon had raped her at his apartment in Sterling. Calderon was arrested the next day and pleaded guilty in April, court records show. Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant sentenced Calderon on Monday to 40 years in prison and suspended 20 years. Plowman said Calderon's immigration status was unclear and was being reviewed by the Loudoun sheriff's office.

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