Could be the bike capital of the country

August 14, 2008 7:59:37 AM PDT
Washington could be on the road to being the bike capital of the country.

SmartBike DC got rolling yesterday.

District officials believe the bike sharing program is the first of its kind in the nation.

Users check-out bright red three-speed bikes from self-service racks around the city.

Bike renters pay a $40 membership fee that allows for bike use of up to three-hours at a time.

Similar programs are big in Europe.

City officials hope the bike share program will help reduce traffic and be a transportation alternative.