Capital Bikeshare Reaches Millionth Ride on 1st Birthday

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:55 PM EDT
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On its first birhday Tuesday, Capital Bikeshare reached another milestone: its one millionth ride.

The program has converted many residents into two-wheeled commuters, amassing 17,000 members over the past year. The sharing program has crossed the river into Arlington, and proposals for new stations in Alexandria are in the works.

One of the annual members started the one millionth ride at 7:15 a.m. at 16th and U streets in Northwest and ended it about 15 minutes later at Lamont and Mount Pleasant streets.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the program's inception, a birthday party is scheduled for this Thursday. Live music, beers by New Belgium Brewing and a moon bounce for the kids will all be on hand.

In addition, some bike-based competitions will be held. One race will test riders' accuracy tossing newspapers while on a bicycle, and another contest will reward the cyclist who can ride slowest through a race course.

Theodore Melahropoulos, whose 1,258 rides are the most in the first year, will be honored at the event.

The party coincides with Car Fee Day.

The party takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Yards Park. Click here for more details.

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