Capital Bikeshare is guaranteeing a place to dock its rentals at Jefferson Drive and 14th Street in Southwest.
“[If you] borrow a bike and you want to take it down to view those blooms but you don’t want to worry about not finding a place to dock your bike — we’ve taken the guesswork out of it,” said Capital Bikeshare program manager Kimberly Lucas of the D.C. Department of Transportation.
Bikeshare employees will be on hand to keep that promise this weekend between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and next week through March 24, daily between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Thousands of cherry trees are spread through the National Mall area around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park and on Hains Point, which has a 4.1-mile bike trail loop, mostly along the river.
Extreme cold this week might have damaged flowers on the most numerous and earliest blooming variety of cherry trees downtown, but there are 12 varieties in all. Peak bloom for Kwanzan trees, the second-most abundant variety, is projected to be about April 11.
“If you go down there to take a look at these blooms — and thanks to this weather they may or may not be present — there’s going to at least be great monuments for you to enjoy,” Lucas said.
National Mall Bikeshare station locations include: