By next year, you’ll be able to rent a bike and take it from Riverdale Park to Mount Rainier—or even all the way into D.C.
The popular bike-sharing program Capital Bikeshare will install stations on a stretch of Route 1 by spring of 2018, according to the Washington Post.
The plan calls for 250 bikes in 25 stations along Route 1, including Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, Brentwood, Cottage City, Colmar Manor and parts of Riverdale Park and Bladensburg. Future stations would be added in Greenbelt, College Park and Langley Park.
A feasibility study from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in November identified these communities as being good locations for bike-sharing because of good local trails, good regional transit and the right population density.
One obstacle it noted was the existence of the mBike bike-sharing program at the University of Maryland, a competitor that isn’t compatible with Capital Bikeshare rentals.
Bike-sharing has been around since the 1960s, but technological advances in the 1990s caused it to really take off. Capital Bikeshare has been in D.C. since 2010 and extends all the way to Langley Park.
The expansion of the Capital Bikeshare means that commuting by bike will be more of an option for some Route 1 residents, as well as weekend bike trips to Takoma Park or Mount Rainier.