DC area gets 250 used bikes, 25 stations for Capital Bikeshare from Canada

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WASHINGTON — Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is expanding, thanks to used bikes and stations from Canada.

WTOP-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Da89p6) that D.C. will get 10 new stations and that eight more already have opened in Alexandria, Virginia.

The new stations and bikes come from Ottawa, Canada at a discount.

That's because Ottawa is planning a new system based on different technology.

Capital Bikeshare bought all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations, along with about 250 bikes.

Kim Lucas, program manager of D.C.'s Bikeshare, says the idea is to relieve pressure on stressed existing stations while installing at least one new station in each of D.C.'s eight wards.

Alexandria chose the locations for its eight new stations based on suggestions from community members.

Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

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