Capital Bikeshare Reinstalls White House Station

The station on the White House grounds has been reinstated as part of Capital Bikeshare's push to expand the network by dozens of new stations by the end of the year.

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October 6, 2021, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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After the Trump administration removed Capital Bikeshare from the White House grounds citing "security concerns," reports Luz Lazo, the station at E Street and South Executive Avenue was reinstalled last week with four more bikes than prior to its removal.

"Local leaders say it is about time that workers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. have the choice to get back on two wheels." Mayor Muriel Bowser praised the move, expressing pride that the District has "a growing population of people who bike to work — including the dedicated public servants who work at the White House."

Installed in 2010 at the request of the Obama administration, the station "can be used only by riders with access to the White House grounds" and is not visible to other users in the Capital Bikeshare or Lyft apps. Lyft officials say "they worked with the Biden administration for months to return the bike-sharing location to the city’s top address as the nation’s capital seeks a return to normal while relying more on biking" and see it as "an important symbol, setting an example for DC metro residents and people in cities around the country," according to former transportation secretary and Lyft chief policy officer Anthony Foxx.

Capital Bikeshare is adding dozens of stations this year, "including hundreds of bikes across a network that covers the District, Alexandria and Falls Church, as well as Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties" as part of a $19 million plan to increase the system by 80 stations. Currently, D.C. has 330 stations, 2,500 pedal bikes, and 600 electric bikes in its fleet, the largest share in Capital Bikeshare's regional network.

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