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Capital Bikeshare use climbs as people celebrate bin Laden’s death

The D.C.-area’s bike sharing network, Capital Bikeshare got a huge boost in usage Sunday night as many of the people eager to get to the spontaneous celebration in front of the White House opted for two-wheeled transportation.

According to a tweet from Capital Bikeshare, there were 558 bike rentals between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday night. During the same time frame the previous week, there were only 105 rentals.

But as the sun rose Monday morning, Capital Bikeshare officials were quick to remind people that the bikes were indeed rentals. Note this tweet that went out just a little after 11 a.m.: “FYI, if you rented a CaBI early this morning and haven’t returned it, the meter is running. After 24 hrs = $1000 lost bike fee.”

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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