Washington, D.C.'s popular Capital Bikeshare system just added more shiny red bikes to the region by expanding to the affluent suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland. Local and state officials gathered in the county seat of Rockville last Friday morning for the grand opening and ribbon cutting in front of a new 15-dock station. Inhabitat was on the scene to check out the unveiling - read on for a first look!
“These little red bikes are a great symbol of change. You can see them in cities all across this country and now they’re here in Montgomery County,” said County Council member Hans Riemer (D-At Large). “Every time you see a red bike recognize that we are moving forward into a better future.”
Capital Bikeshare, which recently celebrated its third anniversary with its five millionth trip, already features more than 1,800 bikes rolling around The District and across the Potomac River in the Northern Virginia communities of Arlington and Alexandria. Now there are 14 stations operating in Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Takoma Park, Friendship Heights and Shady Grove with a total of 51 stations and 450 bikes planned to open in the next few weeks.
The crowd included bike enthusiasts, community residents and curious onlookers such as John from Florida who thought bike share was a good idea because it’s “very environmentally friendly, good for the economy and also good for health.”
Perhaps Maryland State Delegate Ariana Kelly (D-Bethesda and Chevy Chase) best summed up the mood of the day: “Red bikes make us happy.”
Photos by Josh Marks