“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.”

+ Capital Bikeshare

+ Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Photos by Josh Marks