New Feature Unlocks Bikes for Members

We’re always looking for ways to make Capital Bikeshare easier and more convenient. Thanks to a new software upgrade, we now have you covered if something should happen to your key fob.

With our new “Card as Key” functionality as a back-up plan, you can use the credit or debit card associated with your membership to check out a bike at any station. Simply visit the station kiosk, select “Rent a Bike” and insert the card you used to purchase your membership. It will use your card to identify you as a member. Follow the onscreen instructions and use the five digit code to unlock any available bike at the station. Day Key members may activate their membership at a kiosk, but will not be able to use their card to access their member account for subsequent trips.

New members will benefit, too. Starting today, when you sign up for a membership at, your membership will be ready to use right away. Simply use the credit or debit card used to purchase your membership at any kiosk. When your key arrives, visit our website and activate it to skip the kiosk and use your key.

Want more information on how the “Card as Key” feature works? Check out our updated FAQ page for all the details.