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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SmartBike DC: Rent-A-Bike Comes to the Nation's Capital

SmartBike DC is renting 120 bikes at 9 self-service racks in downtown Washington, DC, that includes Gallery Place, Shaw, Logan Circle, Farragut Square, Foggy Bottom, Reeves Center, Dupont Circle, Metro Center and Judiciary Square metrorail stations. The annual fee is $40 to get a membership card to rent a three-speed red bike for three hour intervals. Only those with a membership card can rent bikes.

SmartBike members receive by mail the membership card, a safe-cycling guide, a pocket manual outlining the District's cycling laws and a bicycling map of the city. Riders have to provide their own locks and helmets and the replacement fee for a stolen or damaged bike is around $550. The District's program will be maintained by Clear Channel Outdoor and is part of a 20-year bus shelter contract.

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