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Bikeshare launches ‘reverse rewards’ program

Members of the region’s Capital Bikeshare network will soon be rewarded if they drop off their bicycles at typically empty stations.

During weekday mornings from Wednesday to Aug. 31, riders who complete the most drop-offs at the region’s empty stations will win points toward prizes, including: free month- or year-long extensions of their Capital Bikeshare memberships.

Capital Bikeshare, which has more than 13,800 riders who rent bikes stationed in the District and Arlington County, is launching the “Reverse Rider Rewards” program because its membership has increased, and several stations run low on bikes between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays, officials said. For more information on the contest and which empty stations count toward the prizes, visit:

“Rebalancing crews are constantly moving the bikes around to keep up,” said Terry Bellamy, director of the District Department of Transportation, in a press release. “But any additional help provided by members could help ensure there’s a bike available when you want it.”

The bike-share program was founded by Arlington and the District last September.

Ian Shapira is a features writer on the local enterprise team and enjoys writing about people who have served in the military and intelligence communities. He joined the Post in 2000 and has covered education, criminal justice, technology, and art crime.

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