Bikesharing spikes after Bin Laden death

Seems odd, doesn’t it? But it’s true. After President Obama announced Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, throngs of people decended on downtown Washington D.C. to celebrate. How did they get there? By bike, of course.

Capital Bikeshare, the Washington D.C. bike-rental system, reported the number of bikes checked out between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. that night was 558. Compare that to the 105 rented during the same period last week.

Even the Washington Post noticed the number of red bikes outside the White House: “Stephen Miller joined the spontaneous celebration at the White House. Although he rode his own bike, he was struck by the number of red Capital Bikeshare bikes he saw as he headed downtown from his home in Mount Pleasant.”


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