Service Alert: Capital Bikeshare Bike Corral for Tomorrow's Earth Day Event on the Mall

SERVICE ALERT: Bike corral for Earth Day Concert

Capital Bikeshare will host a bike corral for members headed to the The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Rally tomorrow, April 18 2015. The corral will be held from 12 noon until 8pm at the USDA/12th St & Independence Ave SW station, close to the perimeter of the event.

A bike corral is a station staffed by Capital Bikeshare team members, and provides guaranteed docking for riders.. Following the event, bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the corral until they are gone.

Road closures and security perimeters surrounding the event may affect other stations in the area. Please be sure to check Spotcycle or head directly to the corral for the best service.

Meet a Member: Trayon

With more than 9.3 million trips taken, our 3,000 red bikes have quite a few stories to tell. We’ll be taking time to talk with members who make Capital Bikeshare a part of their daily lives this spring and summer, and share with you just what gets done on the seat of a red bike.

Introducing Trayon, a DC resident and daily Capital Bikeshare commuter, who found out about the program and got his membership through his participation in a Back on My Feet DC running club. Back on My Feet is a nonprofit social services organization that uses running clubs to assist people experiencing homelessness in DC. Through a pilot program with the District Department of Transportation, they can offer their clients a Capital Bikeshare membership as a transportation option. Trayon chose Bikeshare because it offered 24-hour accessibility and the freedom to set his own schedule.

Read more about Trayon and Back on My Feet here.

Destination: Anacostia

The first annual Anacostia River Festival is coming to Anacostia Park on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and we are excited to be a part of the fun. This free event hosted by the 11th St. Bridge Park, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Park Service will celebrate the natural world of the Anacostia River: its ecology, its history and the communities along the river’s banks. Activities include paddling lessons, fishing workshops, arts and crafts, a live birds of prey demonstration, a bike parade featuring the #bikeinbloom and much more!

To get ready, we’re taking you on a tour of downtown Anacostia and showing you some of the great destinations you can access by Capital Bikeshare in this historic riverside community. Go on an adventure and come say “hi” to us at the Festival.

The System in (re)Balance

The phones at the Capital Bikeshare Rebalancing Dispatcher’s chair are silent, and that’s a good thing. “When the drivers are busy and the dispatcher is keeping them busy, they don’t have time to call and ask what’s next,” says Rebalancing Manager TC Clemons. “David, the morning shift dispatcher, is keeping them moving.” TC reminds David to “feed the beast,” then David puts an order into the system, directing a rebalancing van to drop off bikes at T St & New Hampshire Ave NW. “We call it the beast” TC jokes, “because that station is insatiable. As soon as you fill it up, the bikes are gone.”

Rebalancing, or moving bikes from full stations to empty stations within the Capital Bikeshare system, is a full-time job for the 20 van drivers and four dispatchers on TC’s team. They work two shifts and 20 hours a day, moving an average of 2,600 bikes every weekday during peak season. Each individual van can hold up to 25 bikes, and each rebalancer averages 160 bikes moved per shift. Erik, the current record holder for most bikes moved in one 8-hour shift, once rebalanced 205 bikes by himself! It takes approximately 45 minutes for a van to fill up from various stations and unload where bikes are needed, so moving 150+ bikes a shift is no small feat.

For more on how rebalancing works, and what our operations team does to make it happen, click through here.

Spring Events mean April Bike Corrals

UPDATE: Opening Day Corral at 1st & N St. SW will open 2 hours before game time, at 2pm!

Heading to the blossoms? Can’t wait for the first pitch? We’ve got your covered. Capital Bikeshare will be operating Bike Corrals at the following spring events this month:

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival at the Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW / MLK & FDR Memorial station. The Corral is staffed from 10am to 5pm.

Washington Nationals Exhibition Game vs. New York Yankees – Saturday, April 4 at the 1st St. & N St. SE station. Corral opens 1 hour before the 1:05pm game and ends 30 minutes after the end of the game.

Nationals Home Opener – Monday, April 6th at the 1st St. & N St. SE station. Corral opens 2 hours before the 4:05pm game and ends 30 minutes after the end of the game.

Spring is here, so bike there in style!