WASHINGTON -- Going green with your downtown commute just got a little easier. City officials gathered at Union Station Friday for the grand opening of the city's brand new, state-of-the-art bike station.
The new facility offers parking, rentals, repairs and retail for bicyclists. It's located on the west end of Union Station and can hold about 130 bikes inside. There's also an additional 40 spots on racks outside the building where riders can park for free.
It'll cost bikers $2 per day to park and $116 for an annual membership. That membership will grant you 24/7 access to the new station. For everyone else Bikestation D.C. will be open 7a.m. to 7p.m. during the week and 9a.m. to 5p.m. on weekends.
Bikestation D.C. also boasts a greener design -- using a hybrid natural and mechanical venting system to minimize power use. Mayor Adrian Fenty said he believes the bike station will set a national trend for alternative transportation.
Bike and Roll Washington D.C., a local bike rental company, will operate the center. All rentals come with a helmet, lock, bike rack and city map.
Interested riders can get more information by visiting Bikestation D.C's website.