BETHESDA, Md. (CBSDC) – Capital Bikeshare, the bike-sharing system that started in the District three years ago, opens in Montgomery County on Friday.

The Bikeshare program will include two systems throughout the county, which is the company’s first expansion into Maryland.

There will be about 50 bike stations that will service the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville, Shady Grove and Life Sciences Center areas, with more than 400 cycles available for rent, according to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

A grand opening will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Rockville Bikeshare station at Courthouse Square.

More than 1,800 Bikeshare bikes are already in use across D.C. and Virginia, according to a press release.

A map of current Bikeshare locations can be found here.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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