Safety Tip: Always Use Lights At Night

Plentiful and bright, street lights make it easy to ride after dark on city streets. But equipping your bike with front and rear lights isn’t always about seeing the road in front of you, it’s also about being seen by others. Capital Bikeshare bikes have lights built in, but you can use these tips with your own bike and to help other bicyclists be seen at night:

1. DC, Maryland and Virginia laws require white front lights on all bikes. A rear red light and/or red reflector is also required.
2. It never hurts to add more lights to your bike or to your bag/helmet!
3. If you are riding on an off-street trail (such as the Mount Vernon Trail) without overhead lighting, you may need to invest in a headlamp or other powerful light to illuminate the trail.
4. You can supplement your lights with brightly colored clothing and retro-reflective material on your helmet, gloves, legbands, and jacket.
5. Lights can keep you visible even during the day, and they’re especially helpful in the dawn/dusk, as well as in the rain.
6. Remember to pack extra batteries for longer rides! (Also, batteries drain faster in the cold.)

This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at

Member of the Month: Larry T.

Larry Taylor has biked almost 100 miles across DC since getting his Capital Bikeshare membership in May.  But Larry is used to clocking big-time mileage, having run 220 miles as member of the Back on My Feet (BoMF) running team.

BoMF is a non-profit that promotes the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness through running.  Larry joined the team at Clean and Sober Streets in September 2011 and has made significant strides, competing in road races from 5K’s (3.1 miles) to 10K’s (6.2 miles). In his journey to overcome homelessness and addiction, physical exercise has played a major role. Given the rising costs of transportation, Capital Bikeshare offers an inexpensive, healthy alternative that complements his new active lifestyle.

Larry is using his Capital Bikeshare membership to attend job interviews and GED prep classes.  He recently celebrated his one-year sobriety milestone, and has successfully completed BoMF’s Next Steps Core Curriculum, which includes four hours of financial literacy education with Bank of America and eight hours of job readiness training with Accenture.

Larry is certainly on track to hold the lead in the race for his life and everyone that meets him knows he’ll keep reaching for greater distances beyond the finish line. So without further ado, here’s more about our latest member of the month, Larry T., in his own words…

New Survey Finds Capital Bikeshare Members Drive Less and Save Big

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare members save an average of $891 per year and collectively reduce their driving miles by 5 million per year. These are just some of the findings from an extensive report released today regarding the annual survey of members of the regional bikesharing program. The report contains detailed insight on how people are using Capital Bikeshare to get around in the District and Arlington, the impact of the program and the satisfaction of users.