Capital Bikeshare Releases Two New Survey Reports

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Media Contacts:

Monica Hernandez (DDOT


Chris Eatough (BikeArlington)


Kathleen Leonard (City of Alexandria)


Capital Bikeshare Releases Two New Survey Reports
Surveys Provide Detailed Data on Bikeshare Usage and Regional Impact

(Washington, D.C.) Today Capital Bikeshare released two new reports that provide detailed information on how members are utilizing the system, the types of trips they make and the overall impact of the program on the members’ health. The reports analyze two surveys that were administered in the fall of 2012 and received over 6,800 responses combined.

The 2013 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report focuses on travel behavior patterns; including types of trips made, reasons for joining, demographic information, driving miles reduced and the effect on patronage of local businesses.

The second report, Health Implications of the Capital Bikeshare Program focuses on how Capital Bikeshare affects the health of members.

The full reports can be found here:

Some of the highlights of the reports include:

    Capital Bikeshare members saved an average of about $800 annually on travel
  • 80 percent of respondents said they are more likely to patronize a bikeshare accessible establishment
  • 50 percent said they drive a car less often since joining Capital Bikeshare
  • 31.5 percent reported reduced stress as a result of using Capital Bikeshare
  • 20.6 percent reported increased aerobic capacity

Many cities across the United States are launching, planning or considering bikeshare programs, including New York City which will open the nation’s largest bikesharing system on Memorial Day weekend. These reports provide valuable insight into how Capital Bikeshare is impacting the quality of life in the Washington region and a glimpse into how bikesharing systems may affect populations in cities across the U.S.

Capital Bikeshare is a partnership between the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County and Alexandria, operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. Capital Bikeshare offers access to a fleet of over 1,800 bicycles located at over 200 stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington, VA and Alexandria VA. For more information on the program, visit