Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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With overall ridership up as compared to a year ago by several hundred daily trips, Capital Bikeshare has doubled its capacity for downtown corral drop-offs on weekday mornings, starting today and lasting until late fall.

Before this week, riders could leave their bikes with Bikeshare employees at 21st and I streets NW, 17th and K streets NW, and 13th Street and New York Avenue NW, without having to park in a docking station. Now, three new corrals have opened:

  • 20th Street and Virginia Avenue NW
  • 5th and F streets NW
  • Maryland and Independence avenues NW

Motivate, the firm that manages Capital Bikeshare in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, says all six corrals will serve users from 8 a.m. to noon. Eric Gilliland, the general manager of the service, explains that demand for bike-sharing is naturally growing:

“At the same time, Metro’s Safe Track program seems to be contributing to even higher ridership than usual as people turn to Capital Bikeshare as an alternative transit mode,” he adds in a statement.

The third maintenance surge of Metro’s SafeTrack program—a segment shutdown on Yellow and Blue lines from the National Airport to Braddock Road stations—ends today. The fourth begins tomorrow, requiring another segment shutdown on those two lines from the National Airport to Pentagon City stations.