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Bethesda to get more bike rack parking

An additional 100 bike parking spaces will soon be coming to downtown Bethesda, increasing bicycle rack storage in the area to 300 spaces.

The first two new racks, which will provide about 20 new parking spots, will be unveiled May 18 at the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues, organizers said. All of the new racks are scheduled to be installed by mid-June.

The additional bike parking is designed to promote cycling in the area and help alleviate traffic congestion made worse by the recent closure of a large surface parking lot across from Barnes & Noble in the Bethesda Row shopping and entertainment district.

The racks will be paid for through a charitable donation by Bethesda Green, Honest Tea, Federal Realty Investment Trust, the Coca-Cola Company and the Bethesda Urban Partnership, organizers said. The plastic racks will be made from recycled drink containers, including Honest Kids drink pouches.

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.
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