Residents in communities along the Route 1 corridor will mark D.C.’s annual Bike to Work Day on Friday as the area grows more bike-friendly.
Three new Capital Bikeshare locations along Route 1 will open that morning at the entrance to Riverdale Park Station, in front of Elevation Burger at the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville and at the municipal Park and Ride lot next to City Hall in Mount Rainier.
Greenbelt, College Park, the University of Maryland, Hyattsville and Bladensburg will also host pit stops where bicyclists can get a free T-shirt and pick up a raffle ticket to win a new bike while getting some water or help with a quick adjustment.
The Hyattsville stop behind the pavilion at Magruder Park is always a popular spot, with mechanics from nearby Arrow Bicycle on hand with various tools and spare inner tubes to help first-time cyclists who run into trouble. The stop will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
For now, the lack of Capital Bikeshare stops at local Metro stations makes biking to work a bit more difficult for many residents, but it is possible to use mBike network to commute between places in College Park and University Park and the College Park Metro station.
The competing bikeshare networks are unfortunate, though, since it would be convenient to go from the College Park Metro station, which is on mBike, to Riverdale Park Station, which is on Capital Bikeshare.