Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bikeshare Begins in Montgomery County

On September 27, Montgomery County celebrated the opening of the first 14 of 51 Bikeshare stations that are being installed in Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center area. The County’s Bikeshare program is part of the regional Capital Bikeshare network, which includes the District of Columbia, Arlington and Alexandria.

Bike sharing provides short-term bicycle rentals at self-service docking stations. Bikes may be picked up at one location and returned to another, creating a system that allows for one-way trips.

Membership options include $75 for a year, $25 for a month or $7 for one day. Yearly and monthly memberships may be purchased online or by phone, while three-day and one-day memberships may be purchased with a credit card at any Bikeshare station. The County’s program offers special assistance to low-income users, making it particularly appealing to those who hold multiple jobs or participate in job training programs.

More information is available on the County’s website.