"Transforming Washington into a 'world-class city' has turned into a mantra for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), and the avid cyclist will come two wheels closer to that goal this afternoon when he kicks off the program at 14th and U streets NW."
"SmartBike DC will rent 120 bikes at 10 self-service racks mostly in the downtown area, including near the Gallery Place, Shaw and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations. A $40 annual fee gets riders a membership card, which allows them to pick up a cherry red three-speed bike. Then it's time to tool around the city for up to three hours. Those who want to keep going can pick up another bike; there's no limit on the number of trips."
"'It's really going to be replacing cab rides and car trips for a lot of folks looking to get around the city quickly,' said Jim Sebastian, bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the District's Department of Transportation. 'Plus they won't have to worry about parking. And it's fun. It's a great way to get around the city on a nice day.'"