November's Member of the Month

While reading over the submissions our members send us in hopes of being selected as the next Member of the Month, we have the tendency to get a bit, well, “overexcited,” from the creativity of our loyal members.
This month’s winner is the epitome of what we mean, and after the awe effect wore off, we had to do a double-take with Phil Y.’s story… or would MacGyver be a more apt name? You be the judge.

Capital Bikeshare Reopening at 1pm Today

Capital Bikeshare will be reopening starting at 1pm today. Please note that rebalancing will not resume until 4pm, and the Prince and Union station in Alexandria will remain out of service. If you come across any damage to stations or bikes please let us know via FB or Twitter. If you do choose to ride, please watch for standing water, downed power lines and felled trees. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this severe weather event.

Capital Bikeshare Weather Alert 10-29-12

As severe weather and high winds will continue to impact the DC area, Capital Bikeshare will remain closed through Tuesday morning at a minimum. An announcement on when the system will reopen may be made after weather conditions improve and the system is checked for storm-related damage. Thanks for your patience.

Capital Bikeshare Service Alert 10-28-12

Due to the expected severe weather, Capital Bikeshare will be closing temporarily starting at 1am Monday morning. If you have a bike out at this time you will be able to return it, but no new rentals will be available. The system will reopen when weather conditions allow.

To report any damage to Capital Bikeshare stations or bikes please contact our customer service line at 1-877-430-BIKE or email Posts to Facebook and Twitter would also help Capital Bikeshare track and respond to damaged equipment.

Visualization of Rides After October 10 Nationals Game

The Washington Nationals October playoff run sure was exciting.  Almost as exciting was the volume of bike activity around Nationals stadium.  Clearly, lots of Nats fans are realizing that getting to and from the game by bike is the way to go!  The bike parking at the stadium was full, every rack and lamppost in the area had a bike locked to it, and the Capital Bikeshare stations were jamming.  In fact, the station closest to the stadium had a staffed bike corral for the playoff games which was used by well over 100 riders each game!

We thought it would be interesting to see where all those Capital Bikeshare riders dispersed to after the game.  Take a look at the visualization above.

Red circles represent the volume of bikes going out from the 3 stations near the stadium. Green circles represent volume of bikes arriving at other stations throughout the system.

This visualization shows trips starting between 4pm and 5pm on October 10, 2012. The start stations included are 1st & N St SE (including corral), M St & New Jersey Ave SE, and 1st & K St SE.