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Washington Post | Bicycle program makes District easier place to get around, residents say


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[T]he District is making its biggest splash with its bike-sharing program, the largest of its kind in the nation. Capital Bikeshare, which launched in late September, can trace its origins to a pilot program started in 2008. Operated by Clear Channel and called Smart Bike, that program consisted of about 100 bikes.

For an annual membership of $75, or $5 for a daily membership, members can unlock a bicycle at any of the 100 stations in the District and 14 in Arlington. When finished, a rider can drop off the bicycle at any station.

Jim Sebastian, director of the Transportation Department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program, said the system has 4,700 annual members, a number growing by “30 to 40 a day.”

Andy D. Clarke, president of the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists, said the District still has a long way to go to catch up to Boulder, Colo., San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and other West Coast cities that promote bicycling.

Read the entire article in the Washington Post:  Bicycle program makes District easier place to get around, residents say.

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