WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Folding bikes are now allowed on the metro but must remained folded during rush hour, officials said.
Metro amended its policy that previously required bikes to be encased before boarding the metro during rush hours.
The new policy will now allow folding bikes on at any time but need to remain "folded and securely fastened," the press release stated.
"Today's folding bikes are more compact and less hazardous with features such as chain guards that protect customers from accidental or unwanted contact with grease and grime," said Lynn Bowersox, Metro Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications and Marketing.
Metro is hoping to triple the number of customers who ride a bike to the station by 2020 since it is cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
Standard bikes are allowed on the metro at any time except: weekdays between 7 and 10 a.m., and 4 and 7 p.m., and during special events.