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Just because you’ve seen one Capital Bikeshare station doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all. Unless you’re Paul Wasneski and you have actually seen them all—-all 245 of them.
Wasneski, a 34 year-old Navy Yard resident and public-transit aficionado, went on a three-weekend mission to hit up every Capital Bikeshare dock. As proof, he took photos at each station and posted them to his Flickr account. A Department of Defense employee, he says his nearly 250 rides using Bikeshare bikes had more to do with his interest in exploring new neighborhoods and taking architectural photos than conquering the D.C. area’s most remote CaBi stations.
Wasneski’s favorite station: The American University stop in Tenleytown, largely because he didn’t know what to expect and appreciated the variety of buildings there.
His least favorite: the 18th & Rhode Island NE station because it was isolated, though he politely admits he was a bit cranky by the time he arrived here. “I don’t want to put a station down,” he says. “I’m grateful for everyone that comes.”
Impressively, Wasneski only went over Capital Bikeshare’s 30-minute ride limit once, when he traveled from Martin Luther King Jr. and Alabama avenues SE to the stop at Prince and Union streets in Alexandria. The plan to reach every station was almost foiled when he returned home one afternoon thinking he was done, but realized he had somehow skipped four of them. He got back on his bike, and touched down at those forgotten stations, too.
So what’s next for Wasneski? He says he’s interested in further exploring New York City’s bikeshare program, Citi Bike. He compares photographing the stations to geocaching—-an outdoor treasure hunting-like game that uses GPS devices—-and says he’s “tempted to learn more about this recreation.”
Photo of bikeshare station in Tenleytown courtesy of Paul Wasneski’s flickr account