Bike-sharing stations approved for National Mall


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five bicycle sharing stations have been approved for the National Mall to expand the Capital Bikeshare program to the Washington's top tourist destinations.

On Thursday, the National Capital Planning Commission approved plans to install the five bicycle sharing stations on the mall. The panel also encouraged the National Park Service to monitor demand for the bicycles and examine whether additional locations are needed.

The first stations would be located near major visitor destinations. They include the Smithsonian Metro station, the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and one between the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The stations will each have 23 bicycles, except for the Lincoln Memorial station. It will have 25 bikes.

Capital Bikeshare is run by the District of Columbia and Arlington, Va.