To celebrate the opening of Capital Bikeshare stations in Montgomery County, Mark Mervine of Northern Virginia, an “epic” cyclist, was invited to complete a station-to-station ride on Oct. 19.
The “Tour de Bikeshare” ride began at the Maple and Ritchie avenues station in Takoma Park and ended at the Maryland Soccerplex and Discovery Sports Center in Boyds, north of the program’s current footprint.
Mervine called bicycling an efficient way to get around, but said he had never ridden in Capital Bikeshare.
“I had no idea what to expect ... [but] the system is very easy to use,” he said.
The county invited Mervine for the 34-mile trip that was also part of the two-day MoCo Epic Mountain Bike Festival, which featured with bike rides, live music, food vendors and children’s activities.
So far, 14 out of 51 stations have opened, from Gaithersburg south. Within a few weeks, all 51 stations and 500 bikes are to be available.
Mervine said he did not encounter any problems with signage or using the bikes.
“I had no problems to getting around. ...The signage was very nicely done. They are plain and visible,” Mervine said, adding that he would do it again, but next time with some friends.
“I actually would do it again ... make [it] a full date event,” he said.
Different options for memberships or free enrollment based on income eligibility are available at montgomerycountymd.gov/bikeshare.