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Advocates Applaud $6 Million Expansion For Bike Sharing

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By Peter Granitz

Bicycling advocates are anticipating a windfall of new riders after the recent announcement from the D.C. Department of Transportation and Arlington County to expand the current bike-sharing program.

Washington has had a system of picking up and dropping off loaner bikes throughout the city since 2008. Now, the program is set to link Arlington County, and will boost the amount of rental areas in D.C. to more than 100.

It will be the largest bike-sharing program in the country, and that’s good news to Rick Bauman, the main organizer for Bike D.C. He says the investment could make the region the premiere biking area on the East Coast.

“You’ve really been limited from getting from Point A to Point B. Now you have Point A to Point Z. And on a much, much more comfortable bike for riding and can adjust to people’s riding and skills,” says Bauman.

The expansion is expected to cost the District at least $6 million.

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