Capital Bikeshare Prices to Increase May 1

Purchase or Renew Annual Memberships at Current Rate until April 30, 2015

Today, the participating Capital Bikeshare jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Arlington County, City of Alexandria and Montgomery County) announced the approval of the proposed price increases for membership. These increases are the first since the program started in 2010. Effective May 1, 2015, the membership pricing structure will be as follows:

*Trip usage fees remain unchanged.

The pricing structure change derives from a review of public comments made at the Capital Bikeshare Open House held on January 28, 2015, and through email comments received through February 15, 2015 to Capital Bikeshare. The revenue received from the price change will be used to offset increases in labor costs and costs associated with expansion from the original 114 stations that opened in September 2010 to nearly 350 stations throughout the region today.

Because of this additional revenue, Capital Bikeshare will also be able to implement new techniques to improve the availability of bikes and empty docks at stations, otherwise known as “rebalancing.” This will include experimentation with bike corrals in high-ridership areas during peak usage hours, improved data analysis for operations management, and future expansion of the system to underserved regions of the Capital Bikeshare service area.

Individuals can purchase new or renew annual memberships at the current rate of $75 until April 30, 2015.

In addition to the price adjustments, Capital Bikeshare will also be removing the $101 authorization hold placed on credit/debit cards used to purchase short term memberships at stations, also effective May 1, 2015. This change will reduce the barriers to entry for those interested in gaining access to the bike share program. Combined with options for reduced price memberships through partnerships with Bank on DC, Montgomery County’s JARC program for low-income residents and Arlington County’s cash payment program, Capital Bikeshare remains committed to accessibility for all who wish to join.

"Las Bicicletas" Rides into DC

Las Bicicletas is a one of a kind art project to raise awareness about the positive impact bicycles can have on the environment and our health. Created by the Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Las Bicicletas comprises bicycle sculptures in black, white, red and orange; colors that were used by the Mayans to symbolize the four cardinal points. They took their first stroll in Mexico in 2008 and now are here in Washington, DC for the month of March. The sculptures are a visual exhibit to demonstrate that there are alternative methods of transportation that help ease the excess use of automobiles in modern cities.

Through March 31st, the 80 bicycle sculptures will be installed in the Ronald Reagan Plaza for the public to enjoy. Don’t miss it!

Capital Bikeshare to Receive Honor Award from National Building Museum

Today, our friends at the National Building Museum announced that Capital Bikeshare was selected to be one of the recipients of the 2015 NBM Honor Award, in recognition of our "innovative work to strengthen the resilience and vitality of our city." On behalf of the jurisdictions, planning and operations staff, we're so grateful for this honor, and are excited to be a part of their Honor Award Gala on May 27, 2015. 

The Honor Award is presented by the National Building Museum to recognize individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the nations building heritage. We are humbled to be recognized alongside The Rockefeller Foundation and STUDIOS Architecture for this year's Honorees. Past recipients have included Lady Bird Johnson, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and many other notable figures in structural life.

Check out the official press release here.

Join or Renew Your Membership and Lock in Current Rates

With the official announcement of our price changes, we want to make sure that everyone who would like to join Capital Bikeshare at the current rates is able to do so before the new prices become effective on May 1. If you are considering becoming an annual member, join by April 30, 2015, and pay the current $75 rate.

If you are currently a member, don’t worry - we have you covered. All of our existing members are able to renew their membership for an additional year, no matter when you last renewed. Lock in your current rate now for an additional year anytime between now and April 30 when you renew through your online account login.

The Pink Pedaler Makes Its Spring Return

We are excited to bring back our pretty pink pedaler for the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival! That’s right – the #bikeinbloom is back. After yet another snowy, sloppy winter, won’t it be nice to get a real sign of spring? The Festival is almost here, and the #bikeinbloom is ready to blossom for the second straight year.

Last year, more than 200 of you took a ride on the one pink #bikeinbloom and captured pictures to prove it. Now, it’s ready to return to the Tidal Basin and beyond. What about a contest? We’ll have more information about prizes and other goodies for you as we get closer to launch on March 20, but the game remains mostly unchanged. Spot the #bikeinbloom in the wild, snap a picture, post it to the social media network of your choice and tag your photo with the #bikeinbloom hashtag; then, you’re automatically entered to win some great prizes from our partners around the region. Stay tuned to Capital Bikeshare on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details.

To make your Cherry Blossom Bikeshare experience even better, we’re excited to once again be offering bike corrals on weekends during the Festival, at the Ohio Drive SW & West Basin Dr. SW / FDR & MLK Memorials station. Corrals allow for unlimited Bikeshare parking spaces during staffed hours, from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival. Enjoy peak bloom by bike and forget about parking worries!