DC-area bike sharing program celebrates 6th anniversary

A rider navigates traffic on a Capital Bikeshare bike in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bike sharing program in the Washington area is celebrating its sixth anniversary.

The District Department of Transportation says Capital Bikeshare celebrates its sixth anniversary Monday. The bike sharing program now has more than 400 stations in the region. That includes stations in the District of Columbia, Maryland’s Montgomery County, and Arlington County and Alexandria in Virginia. Virginia’s Fairfax County will add 29 new stations to the system in the fall.

Officials say riders have made more than 14 million trips on Capital Bikeshare bikes, covering more than 23 million miles.

The District of Columbia launched its first bike sharing program, SmartBike D.C., in 2008. The city later joined with Arlington County to launch a multi-jurisdiction bike sharing system, Capital Bikeshare. It launched on Sept. 20, 2010 with 1,100 bikes at 114 stations.

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