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D.C. Opens Bikestation at Union Station
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation on Monday opened its new Bikestation facility at Union Station as part of the city's efforts to promote more sustainable transportation options for its residents.

Mayor Adrian Fenty joined DDOT Director Gabe Klein at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. The new facility, the first of its kind on the East Coast, offers bicycle parking, rentals, repairs, and accessories at the west end of Union Station. It holds up to 133 bicycles.

"We are extremely pleased to be here to celebrate this new facility located strategically at the district's major transportation hub," Fenty said. "This is not just a facility but a testament to the type of green transportation the district embodies."

Federal Highway Administration grants were used to pay for 80 percent of the facility's $4 million cost. In a blog posting Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commended the capital city for offering "a model example of the kind of sustainable mobility President Obama's Livable Communities initiative seeks. ... This is a smart investment in truly multimodal commuting."

Bike and Roll, a local bicycle company, is operating the center. It offers rentals, repairs, retail, and parking. It's the firm's third retail location in the national capital area. Memberships are managed by Bikestation, a company operating six similar facilities in California and Washington state.

More information is available at www.bikestation.com.

10/9/2009
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