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There is Kiss & Ride, Park & Ride, and now at the College Park Metro station, Bike & Ride.

Bicyclists who use the Metro station will now have a secure location to store bicycles when they ride from the Green Line station, with a locked facility for storing bikes.

The first of its kind on the Metro system, the Bike & Ride at the College Park station opened Tuesday, and is a pilot for the system, which plans to open future sites at the Vienna and King Street stations in Virginia, said Caroline Lukas, a spokeswoman for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The Bike & Ride facility will accommodate 120 bikes in a 2,400 square-foot enclosure on the first level of the station’s parking garage adjacent to the bus shelters, with security cameras, LED lights and an emergency call station.

Users must register to use the facility, which is accessed by card, similar to a SmarTrip Card. Fees for parking, range from 2 to 5 cents and hour, plus a one-time $5 fee for an access card.

Free bike racks will continue to be available at the station.

Metro chose College Park for the first Bike & Ride, Lukas said, because the station already had high levels of bike use, and some thefts.

“We have had issues in the past with reports of bike theft,” Lukas wrote in an email to The Gazette. “This facility will give customers who may have had concerns about that issue with a new, more secure option.”

For more information, go to www.wmata.com/bikeandride.

hnunn@gazette.net