Capital Bikeshare Available on National Mall

Two stations were installed this morning, just in time for the festival

Friday, Mar 16, 2012  |  Updated 5:34 PM EDT
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Capital Bikeshare Available on National Mall

Tim Persinko

The bikeshare stations will remain after the Cherry Blossom festival.

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Two Capital Bikeshare stations were installed this morning on the National Mall, just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the National Park Service announced today that the first station was installed at Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive SW near the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial and the second on Jefferson Drive between 14th and 15th streets SW, close to the Washington Monument.

There will be a total of five Capital Bikeshare stations on the Mall.

“The bike stations are just one part of our efforts to help our visitors to get to all our historic memorials and monuments,” said Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. “We really appreciate DDOT’s partnership in making this happen, especially in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.”

There are now a total of 151 stations in the Capital Bikeshare system, more than any other bikesharing program in the country, said DDOT Director Terry Ballamy.

“We strongly believe that a Capital Bikeshare presence on the Mall will promote greater use of bicycling and other sustainable transportation options throughout the five week festival and beyond," said Mayor Vincent Gray.

Capital Bikeshare will have staff present weekends at The National Cherry Blossom Festival -- March 24-25, March 31-April 1, and April 7-8. They’ll be available to assist any bikeshare riders from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive Station.

The NPS has also arranged for additional bike parking between 15th and 14th streets SW near the Washington Monument and at the Jefferson Memorial for residents using personal bikes or rentals with locks.

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