Capital Bikeshare expects to ‘crush’ ridership record

Capital Bikeshare is always taking suggestions for where to place its next bike station, but has released its most popular top ten. (WTOP)

WASHINGTON — Between the beautiful weather and massive number of tourists visiting the cherry blossoms, a record number of people will use the Capital Bikeshare service this weekend.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 1,080 bikes were in use, which is more than one-third of the entire fleet.

“I’ve never seen anything close to that [number] before,” Reggie Sanders, a spokesman with the District Department of Transportation, says in an e-mail.

On Friday, even with the rain at night, there were 11,551 Capital Bikeshare trips throughout the system. That broke the previous single-day record.

Based on the numbers from the first half of Saturday, Sanders says the system will “crush” that new record.

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