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Release Date: May 21, 2010

Crystal City Keeps Spinning with New Bike Sharing Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2010
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430

Crystal City Keeps Spinning with New Bike Sharing Program
District of Columbia and Arlington Launch Largest System in U.S.

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – After this morning's incredibly successful Bike to Work Day Pit Stop and as part of their continued campaign to celebrate National Bike Month, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce that Crystal City will be the Arlington hub for the planned fall roll out of the new regional bike sharing program.

“With our new cycling repair and accessories shop, great trail access, and other cycling events and amenities, there was no doubt that Crystal City would be the best location to launch Arlington’s bike sharing program,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Bringing this program to Crystal City and Arlington is the perfect way to combine and highlight the area's active, accessible, and green aspects, further enhancing our connections to downtown DC.”

The new regional system will launch later this year with roughly 1,100 bikes at 114 stations in the District of Columbia and Arlington making it the largest bike sharing program in the U.S. The new system will be based on the Public Bike System, commonly known as “Bixi.” This system has been running in Montreal since 2009 and will be arriving soon in Minneapolis and London. Bixi bike sharing stations are solar powered and use wireless technology to allow for easy installation and adjustments. Annual, monthly, and daily memberships will be available for area residents, employees and visitors.

The Crystal City area will be home to 110 bicycles and 14 stations located conveniently along streets and sidewalks and close to hubs of activity. Funded through a partnership between the Crystal City BID and Arlington County, the Crystal City bike share program adds yet another way for people to get around Crystal City or to get downtown.

The District of Columbia and Arlington County are also asking the public to get involved by participating in a survey to help pick the name of the new bike sharing system. Go to www.goDCgo.com to vote for your favorite name or to suggest a new one.

The announcement of the Bike Share program comes amidst a series of enhancements to the cycle culture of the Crystal City area. The Revolution Cycle City Hub opened in the spring providing retail bicycle accessories as well as bike rentals, Sport & Health rolled out shower memberships for commuters, and the spring series of Crystal Ride events showcases the appeal of cycling. Scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd, Bike DC offers a recreational ride that ends in Crystal City and is quickly followed by the annual Air Force Cycling Classic and Crystal Ride on Sunday, June 13th. Participants can ride up to 3 ½ hours on the car-free, 12.5km course and are challenged to ride 100 km or 8 laps in the allotted time. After the Challenge Ride, the competition heats up as professional cyclists compete on an exciting and fast 1 KM Criterium (Crit) course in Crystal City.

Whether an avid or occasional bike commuter, a serious competitor, a race enthusiast, or strictly a recreational rider, Crystal City can meet any cyclist’s needs. Visit www.crystalcity.org for additional details on the area’s “Bike Culture” assets and to register for upcoming events.

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The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.