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Capital Bikeshare offering 24 hour memberships for $1 on Car Free Day

We love being one of the many ways to get around the DC metro area without a car, so we thought we’d help celebrate Car Free Day 2014 by offering 24-hour membership for just $1!
Capital Bikeshare Dollar Day!
You heard right – on Monday, September 22, from 12am until 11:59pm, you can get a 24 hour membership, good for unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less for just $1. Simply head to your nearest Capital Bikeshare station, where the 24-hour membership, regularly $7, will be available for $1. The usual terms and conditions apply, but access to thousands of bikes and hundreds of stations for 24 hours will cost you just a buck.

Take the Car Free Day pledge for free at www.carfreemetrodc.org, be entered to win GREAT prizes, and head to a station on Monday, September 22 for your 24-hour membership for just $1.

August 2014 Expansion Update

We’re so happy to have some expansion news to share this month, with more docks at a popular DC station, a new dock near Metro in Arlington and 8 new stations in Alexandria! We’re now up to 336 stations system-wide, with desirable destinations everywhere you look!


DC:

  • 12th St & U St NW, relocated from 13th St & U St NW,  expanded to 31 docks

  • Arlington:

  • Courthouse Metro / 15th St & N. Uhle St, new, 21 docks

  • Alexandria:

  • Eisenhower Ave at Mill Race Ln
  • Ballenger Ave at Dulany St
  • Duke St at John Carlyle St
  • Mount Vernon Ave at E Nelson Ave
  • Mount Vernon Ave at E Del Ray Ave
  • Mount Vernon Ave at Kennedy Street
  • Monroe Ave at Leslie Avenue
  • Potomac Greens Dr at Slater’s Ln
  • The District Department of Transportation blog also has more information on 10 upcoming station installations, and an update on the progress of further expansion. We’re glad to have more expansion on the horizon, and hope to see the resolution of supplier issues and more stations everywhere you look very soon.

    Expansion Update - Alexandria

    Capital Bikeshare Expands in Alexandria

    During the week of August 18, the City of Alexandria doubled their station count by adding eight new Capital Bikeshare stations in the Del Ray and Carlyle neighborhoods. These stations include:

    * Eisenhower Ave & Mill Race Ln
    * Ballenger Ave & Dulany St
    * Duke St & John Carlyle St
    * Mount Vernon Ave & East Nelson Ave
    * Mount Vernon Ave & East Del Ray Ave
    * Mount Vernon Ave & Kennedy St
    * Monroe Ave & Leslie Avenue
    * Potomac Greens Dr & Slaters Ln

    The City’s Local Motion program is the resource for all of Alexandria’s transportation options. Please visit Alexandriava.gov/localmotion for local transportation updates and information.

    To sign up for Capital Bikeshare, please visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/

    July 2014 Expansion Update

    We added three new stations DC, three more in Arlington County and expanded one in Arlington and one in DC this month. There are now 326 stations system-wide.

    DC

  • 9th & G St NW - MLK Library, New, 23 docks
  • 34th & K St NW – Waterfront, New, 19 docks
  • 24th St. & New Hampshire Ave NW, New, 19 Docks
  • 4th St & W St NE, relocated from 4th St. & Rhode Island Ave and expanded, 15 docks
  • Arlington

  • Arlington Blvd & N. George Mason Dr., New, 11 Docks
  • Lee Hwy & N. Cleveland St., New, 15 docks
  • Lee Hwy & N. Scott St., New, 15 docks
  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center/2nd St & S Old Glebe Rd, relocated & expanded, 15 docks


  • We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    An Update on Your Key!

    To our members,

    We know you’ve been waiting for an update about new key shipments, and we’re so appreciative of your patience as we worked overtime to solve all of the issues we ran into during the shortage. The good news is that we have begun receiving the new keys! Here’s what to expect when you open the envelope with your new key inside:

    Fancy New Keys Heading Your Way

    We are now shipping new keys out to current members waiting for replacements, and to new members who have been waiting to activate your Capital Bikeshare membership. More keys are on the way, and we should be able to finish distributing keys to everyone who has been waiting very soon. At this time, we are shipping keys to new members and for those with broken or lost keys only.

    We truly appreciate your patience as we hit the home stretch. Happy riding!

    Sincerely,

    The Capital Bikeshare Team

    June 2014 Expansion Update

    We added one new station in Arlington County and expanded a popular DC station this month. There are now 321 stations system-wide.

    DC

  • Union Station / Columbus Circle, Expansion, Now 39 Docks


  • Arlington County

  • N. Meade St. & N 14th St / Iwo Jima Memorial, New, 17 Docks


  • We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Fourth of July Corral

    The Fourth of July is Friday and we’ll be there to celebrate with a bike corral! This temporary docking location will be staffed by our operations team and will ensure that those who choose to take Capital Bikeshare to the fireworks have a guaranteed place to dock their bike. The corral will be located at the 10th & Constitution station from 3 p.m. until one hour after the fireworks end. Keep in mind that we can’t guarantee that a bike will be around when you’re ready to head home, so stay prepared and be sure to know your other options. See you out there!

    Key Shipments Delayed

    Due to issues with our supplier, and heavier than anticipated member sign ups, we are currently out of Capital Bikeshare member keys.
    We expect to have new keys delivered the week of July 7th, but if you’d like to be notified when we have keys to ship please email
    customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  If you signed up before the notice was posted on our sign up page then you will receive your key shortly.

    If you are not yet a member, you can still sign up for membership today!  Just visit our Join Page and fill out the membership form to get started.  Don’t worry! Your membership won’t start until you receive your key and activate it.  24 hour and 3 day memberships are available at every Capital Bikeshare station. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Weekend Street Closures to Affect Rebalancing in DC, Arlington

    Weekend street closures for planned events will affect rebalancing operations in DD and Arlington on June 7 and 8. Please be aware that stations located in or around the following areas may not be able to be rebalanced during this time.

    Saturday, June 7

    Arlington – Clarendon - 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

    •Wilson Boulevard from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Boulevard
    •Clarendon Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to N. Fillmore Street
    •Washington Boulevard from Wilson Boulevard to N. Highland Street
    •N. Highland Street from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard
    •N. Garfield Street/N. Fillmore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard

    DC – Downtown / Dupont Circle – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Street Closures
    •25th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
    •24th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
    •23rd St NW between M & P ( Staging Area)
    •N St NW between 22nd & 25th
    •M St NW between 22nd & 25th

    Parade Route
    •East on P St from 23rd St NW
    •Clockwise around Dupont Circle
    •North on New Hampshire Ave
    •East on R St
    •South on 17th St
    •East on P St
    •North on 14th to N Street NW to the disbanding area just past R Street, NW

    Festival (7 p.m. Saturday 7/7 until 2 a.m. Monday, 7/9)
    •Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 7th Street NW
    •Constitution Ave NW between 3rd & 7th Street NW
    •4th Street NW between Madison Drive NW & Pennsylvania Ave NW
    •6th Street NW between C Street NW & Constitution Ave NW

    Sunday, June 8

    Arlington – Crystal City/Pentagon – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    •Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 15th Street
    •Westbound lanes of 23rd Street between Crystal Drive and S. Clark Street
    •Westbound lanes of 20th Street between Bell Street and Jefferson Davis Highway
    •18th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •Clark Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street.
    •West bound lanes of 15th Street between 14th Road S. and S. Eads Street
    •East bound lanes of 15th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •North bound Route 110 between North Kent Street in Rosslyn and Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway
    •North bound lanes of Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway between Route 110 and 20th Street
    •Washington Blvd east bound between Route 110 and I-395
    •Washington Blvd west bound between exit for Boundary Channel and I-395
    •Columbia Pike (Route 244) from S Washington Blvd to S Oak St.
    •S Joyce from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike
    •S. South Gate Road between Columbia Pike and Hobson Drive

    Arlington – Crystal City/Pentagon – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    •Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 18th Street
    •East bound lanes of 18th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •20th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •East bound lane of 20th Street between Route 1 and S. Bell Street
    •Westbound lanes of 23rd Street between Crystal Drive and S. Clark Street will be closed
    •Clark Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street

    Rebalancing Act (Redux)

    The sun is out, temperatures are up and there’s no mistaking that summer weather is back! Unfortunately, that also means that we’re seeing more and more questions about station and dock availability. It’s true – our wonderful members (that’s you!) are very active in the warmer months. Whether it’s biking to work, checking out the sights or meeting friends, a lot of you are out there riding our red bikes.

    We work hard to ensure that every member can use the system to serve them best, but the reality is, sometimes there isn’t a bike or a dock waiting for you when you arrive at a station. For those of you who’ve encountered this issue recently, here are a few things to know about rebalancing the Capital Bikeshare system, to paint a better picture of how we move bikes and why your preferred station might be full or empty:

    Rainy Day Ride Advice

    After a rainy Bike to Work Day morning worthy of an epic tale or song, we asked our members for their best tips on riding in the rain. Here’s eight of our favorite bits of rainy day advice that you came up with:

    •“The importance of a good rain coat cannot be overemphasized.” – @humaimtiaz on Twitter
    •“Bring another set of clothes.” Noe S. via Facebook
    •“Pack extra socks!” – @gapoole on Twitter
    •“Keep a towel or rag in your bag to wipe the seat down.” Miguel A. via Facebook
    •“Fenders. All Day. Every Day.” – Greg M. on Facebook (Editor’s Note: Our bikes have those!)
    •“Keep a plastic bag in your pocket and use it to cover the seat. Even if the cushion has absorbed some water, your bum will stay dry.” – Patricia S. on Facebook
    •“Take corners slowly and allow for more time to stop.” – @GeraldF_PE on Twitter
    •“Pretend like you’re at a POTUS meet-and-greet: See and be seen! (Lights and bright clothing)” – @emptej on Twitter

    All of our bikes are equipped with lights and fenders to keep you dry and visible when the skies turn gray. As always, we remind you to use your best judgment when deciding whether to ride in inclement weather conditions. Have another good wet weather tip? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

    Bike to Work Day Corral May 16

    With just one week to go, we’re excited to announce that Capital Bikeshare will be hosting a bike corral at the Freedom Plaza pit stop for this year’s Bike to Work Day on May 16. A bike corral is a temporary docking location staffed by our operations team, and allows Capital Bikeshare members to return bikes without having to search for a station with an open dock. The corral will be located at the 14th & D St NW/Ronald Reagan Building station from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

    This year, over 79 pit stops will open on Friday, May 16 throughout the region and we want you to make your commute count by registering for the event. Even if you already use Capital Bikeshare or your own bike to get to work regularly, your participation is key to drawing attention to bicyclists and encourages people on the fence to join in on the fun. Not to mention the free t-shirt, food, drinks and great raffle prizes available at the pit stop where you register!

    A friendly reminder to our members that there will be lots of bike-commuting newbies out and about on Bike to Work Day, so please be alert and helpful as they get rolling!

    Capital Bikeshare Memberships Now Available for Purchase at Commuter Stores

    Get your Key Fob NowBeginning May 14, Capital Bikeshare annual, month and daily key memberships will be available for purchase at any of the four Commuter Store locations in Arlington County and at the Mobile Commuter Store which has stops in Arlington, Alexandria and D.C. New members can sign up with the assistance of the Commuter Store staff and receive a member key fob, which is ready for use immediately! Commuter Stores will offer Capital Bikeshare membership purchases Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 5pm and Saturday at the Ballston and Rosslyn locations from 8am - 2pm. If you purchase a helmet, it will be mailed to you separately.

    With Bike to Work Day just around the corner on May 16, now is the perfect time to take a friend to any Commuter Store so they’ll be ready for their first bike commute by Capital Bikeshare!

    April 2014 Expansion Update

    We added four new stations in Montgomery County and expanded a popular DC station this month. There are now 319 stations system-wide.

    DC

  • 1st & N St SE (Nationals Park), Expansion, Now 39 Docks


  • Montgomery County

  • Bethesda Metro, New, 12 Docks
  • Rockville Metro West, New, 19 Docks
  • Shady Grove Metro West, New, 19 Docks
  • River Road & Landy Lane / CCT, New, 19 Docks


  • We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Get DC Cyclert for Text Message Station Notifications

    With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to commute to work by bike! If you use Capital Bikeshare for your two-wheeled commute, and live near a popular CaBi station, you know how high demand for bikes can be by your place in the morning or by your office in the afternoon. If you often find yourself missing out on bikes, DC Cyclert was made for you!

    Get all the details on this text message alert service here.

    The #bikeinbloom Pedals into Spring

    After a whirlwind tour of DC this spring, the #bikeinbloom has officially retired from service, relieved at the prospect of some peace and quiet. But what an adventure! It made several TV appearances on behalf of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, rode in a parade and even captured victory in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race, with help from our dear friend Teddy.

    Click here to catch up with the rest of the #bikeinbloom’s adventures during the cherry blossoms!

    Bike To Work Day Returns May 16

    With the spring weather finally pushing winter aside, it’s time to start thinking about Bike to Work Day 2014! This year, over 79 pit stops will open to more than 14,000 participants on Friday, May 16, and we want you to make your commute count by registering for the event. Whether you use Capital Bikeshare or your own bike to get to work regularly, your participation is key to drawing attention to bicyclists and encourages people on the fence to join in on the fun. Not to mention the free t-shirt, food, drinks and great raffle prizes available at the pit stop where you register!

    Click here to keep reading.

    March 2014 Expansion Update

    We added two new stations in Arlington and relocated two DC stations this month. There are 315 stations system-wide.

    District of Columbia
    • 3rd St. & H St. NW, relocated from 4th St. & Massachusetts Ave. NW
    • 6th & Water St. SW, relocated from 7th & Water St. SW

    Arlington
    • S Quincy St. & Randolph St, New, 15 Docks
    • S Rolfe St. & S 9th St., New 15 Docks

    We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Bike Corral for Nationals' Home Opener

    The Washington Nationals’ Home Opener is this Friday. We’ll be there to celebrate with a bike corral! This temporary docking location will be staffed by our operations team and will ensure that all fans who choose to take Capital Bikeshare to the game April 4 have a guaranteed place to dock their bike! The corral will be located at the 1st & N Street SE station from noon until 6 p.m. See you out there!

    Bike Corrals during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 13th, 2014, and Capital Bikeshare will again be partnering with the Festival to celebrate the blooms by hosting bike corrals during each weekend of the festival. A bike corral a temporary docking location staffed by our operations team, and allows Capital Bikeshare members to return bikes without having to search for a station with an open dock. The corrals will operate on:

    • March 22 & 23, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • March 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • April 5 & 6, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • April 12 & 13, from 10 AM – 5 PM

    The corrals will be located at the Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW (MLK & FDR Memorials) station.

    We are excited to be able to make it easier for everyone to bike to the blossoms during this beautiful time in the District.

    Find #bikeinbloom, Win Stuff.

    Today’s the day! We are so excited to welcome the arrival of the National Cherry Blossom Festival by putting our #bikeinbloom into the system! Our pink petal pedaller is now available for you to ride – but since there’s just one, you have to find it first! When you spot the #bikeinbloom, whether it’s at a dock, on a ride or taking you for a spin, snap a picture! When you post your photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #bikeinbloom, you’ll be entered to win great prizes from our friends and partners all over the DC area!

    Capital Bikeshare Helps Metro, Commuters Roll

    On its own, the Capital Bikeshare system is a great option for all kinds of trips, from roundabout explorations through the National Mall, to quick jaunts between work and lunch and everything in between. When used in conjunction with other regional transit systems, the trips we take on these beloved red bikes indicate that Capital Bikeshare fills an important need for those who travel using other transit systems in our region.

    February 2014 Expansion Update

    We added six new stations on this month, four in DC and two in Montgomery County. This latest push brings the system-wide total to 313. We are especially pleased to be partnering with WMATA to add more stations at Metrorail locations throughout the area.

    District of Columbia

  • 1st & H St. NW, in front of Walmart, New, 15 docks
  • Ft. Totten Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • TaKoma Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • Rhode Island Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • Montgomery County

  • Rockville Metro Station – East Side, New, 13 docks
  • Veterans Place & Pershing Drive in Silver Spring, New, 11 docks
  • We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Equipment Delays

    As you may know, the equipment supplier for Capital Bikeshare, Public Bike System Company, filed for bankruptcy protection in January. This has had no impact on Capital Bikeshare operations, but it has led to delays in the shipping of new bikeshare stations. Alta Bicycle Share, the operator of Capital Bikeshare, is working diligently on completing station orders for Capital Bikeshare’s jurisdictions. In the meantime, there are a few stations currently in our warehouse that will be installed in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

    Capital Bikeshare Reopening!

    Capital Bikeshare will reopen starting at 11:00am today, 2/14/14.  Our crews are working hard to clear stations, but with so many it will take some time before we get to every single one.  Please note that accumulated snow beneath the rear wheel may prevent the bike from being docked properly.  Be sure to clear the snow before you dock and always wait for the green light to confirm the bike is secure. 

    Our whole operations team is working hard to clear our 300+ stations of snow and ice. Have some free time and feel like chipping in? Tweet, Facebook or email us a photo of you helping out and you could win a free annual membership!  Please be sure to include the station name.

    Thanks for your patience, and please be careful out there!

    Capital Bikeshare's Severe Weather Policy

    It looks like we have a winter storm coming our way! In light of the snow forecast for tonight, we wanted to remind you of our Severe Weather Policy. We are watching the weather closely and will post updates as needed.  Please ride safely out there!

    “Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather. If severe weather threatens user safety or the safety of our staff, Capital Bikeshare could close temporarily and no bikes could be rented. Bikes already in use at the time of closure should be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station and all user fees still apply.

    Any information about a system closure will be posted to CapitalBikeshare.com, Facebook and Twitter. Annual, Monthly and Daily Key members will also be informed of this via email.

    Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring user safety and allowing for our streets to be cleared effectively and efficiently.”

    January 2014 Expansion Update

    We added two new stations in Montgomery County this month, bringing their total to 43.

    •Medical Center Dr. & Key West Ave., near National Cancer Inst., New, 15 docks
    •Shady Grove Hospital, New, 19 docks

    We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Capital Bikeshare Means Business

    We know you use Capital Bikeshare for all kinds of trips – to get to work, grab something to eat, meet up with friends and more. New research suggests that companies located near Bikeshare stations perceive that stations bring an increase in business from Bikeshare members.

    A new report by graduate students in the Urban & Regional Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus surveyed Bikeshare users at selected stations, and businesses in those same areas to gauge the relationship between economic activity and Bikeshare trips.

    Tech Savvy Members Create New Ways of Seeing Bikeshare in Action

    Over the course of three and a half years, our members have taken more than 6 million trips on Capital Bikeshare, pedaling more than 6.5 million miles across the region. These trips include countless commutes, errands, sightseeing excursions and nights on the town. Since we moved to make anonymous trip data available to the public in early 2012, several members of our community have invested their time and techie talents into creating incredible tools and visualizations of your movement on Capital Bikeshare.

    Alta Bicycle Share Official Statement Regarding PBSC Bankruptcy Protection Filing

    Please see the official statement below from Capital Bikeshare’s operator, Alta Bicycle Share, regarding Public Bike System Company’s (PBSC) filing for bankruptcy protection. All jurisdictions participating in Capital Bikeshare are in constant contact with Alta Bicycle Share and we have been reassured that current operations will not be impacted by the PBSC filing. Members can expect to receive the same high level of service Alta has provided Capital Bikeshare members since 2010.

    Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. (ABS), the leading operator of bike share systems in the country, has learned that one of its main equipment and technology suppliers, Public Bike System Company (PBSC), has filed for bankruptcy protection. Our systems across the country—in Washington DC, Boston, New York City, Chicago, the Bay Area, Columbus, OH, and Chattanooga, TN—are up and running and ABS will ensure that they continue to operate without interruption. Having served more than 15 million trips to date, we’re focused on continuing to provide a convenient, fast, fun, and affordable means of transit.
     
    Given our plans to expand current systems and launch new systems this year, we’re in constant communication with both PBSC as well as its suppliers to ensure we can do so successfully. Beyond that, we’re unable to discuss the specifics of the filing.

    New Bikeshare Features Added to Ridescout App

    It’s happened to you before: the timer is ticking on your 30 minute ride, and you arrive at your destination station to find that every dock is full! No one likes to be “dock blocked”, so we’re happy to report that RideScout, a new transportation app for smartphone users, has made big strides in fighting full docks by including Capital Bikeshare’s real-time open source data into its platform.

    RideScout's new Capital Bikeshare screen

    RideScout, the real-time trip planning app that covers a variety of transportation options, now includes two features designed to make your trip by Bikeshare even easier. When selected, a new option for Bikeshare trips automatically indicates when your intended arrival dock has filled up during your ride, and will offer to reroute you to the next-closest station to your destination with available docks. The app now also includes an alert that notifies you when you have used up 25 minutes of your allotted 30 minutes before usage fees begin.

    Ridescout is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play for iOS and Android devices. Capital Bikeshare notifications are only available for iPhone now, but will come to Android devices soon. If you have any questions, you can contact RideScout at feedback@ridescoutapp.com.

    #CBBikeCheck Round Up

    Like any good bicycle, Capital Bikeshare has a lot of important moving parts that keep you going from point A to point B quickly, reliably and comfortably! Recently we showcased one of these essential aspects of the Capital Bikeshare system on Twitter, using the hashtag #cbbikecheck.  We followed our bike checkers as they set out to inspect, repair and maintain some of the red bikes that make up our fleet of thousands to bring you photos and stories of how a typical day looks for them. Routine maintenance is essential to any bike, and the bike checkers work to keep each and every Bikeshare bike in good and working order with preventative maintenance and more. A special thank you to the whole operations team for showing us a little glimpse of what goes into a bike checker’s busy day!

    December 2013 Expansion Update

    We added a few new stations this month and also moved and expanded a one location.

    We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station—location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    DC
    • Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave & Minnesota Ave. NE, new, 11 docks
    • North Capital St. & G Place NE, new, 19 docks
    • Connecticut Ave. & Tilden Place, New, 15 docks

    Arlington
    • Thomas Jefferson Cmty Ctr/2nd St. S. & Ivy St., new, 11 docks
    • Washington Blvd. & S. Walter Reed Drive, new, 15 docks
    • 31st St. S & Woodrow St. S, new, 11 docks
    • 27th St. & Crystal Drive, expanded, now 19 docks

    Capital Bikeshare's Severe Weather Policy

    In light of the snow today, we wanted to remind you of our Severe Weather Policy. We are watching the weather closely and will post updates as needed.  Ride safely out there!

    “Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather. If severe weather threatens user safety or the safety of our staff, Capital Bikeshare could close temporarily and no bikes could be rented. Bikes already in use at the time of closure should be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station and all user fees still apply.

    Closure and reopening information will be posted to CapitalBikeshare.com, Facebook and Twitter. Annual, Monthly and Daily Key members will also be informed of closure and reopening via email.

    Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring user safety and allowing for our streets to be cleared effectively and efficiently.”

    November 2013 Expansion Update

    We have plenty of new expansion details to update you on this month, including a very exciting announcement from the City of Alexandria!

    Alexandria will double its number of stations this winter.  New Capital Bikeshare stations will be added in the Del Ray and Carlyle areas in Alexandria. Make sure to link up with us on Twitter and Facebook for details on new stations as they become available.

    We added plenty of new stations this month and also moved a few locations:

    DC
    -Calvert St & Woodley Pl NW, new, 19 docks
    -New Jersey Ave & N St NW/Dunbar HS, new, 19 docks
    -Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave & 49th St NE, new, 11 docks
    -Deanwood Rec Center, new, 15 docks
    -Hains Point/Buckeye & Ohio Dr SW, new, 17 docks

    Arlington
    -Arlington Blvd & N Fillmore St, new, 11 docks
    -Long Bridge Dr & 6th St S (Long Bridge Park), new, 15 docks
    -18th St S & S Hayes St was relocated just around the corner to S Hayes St & 18th St S at the Aurora Hills Library

    Montgomery County
    -Old Georgetown Rd & Southwick Rd, new, 19 docks
    -Friendship Blvd & Willard Dr, new, 19 docks

    We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest station—location! Have an idea? Add your suggestions to our crowdsourcing map for future consideration.

    Member Benefits & RideScout Launch in DC

    Next week a new transportation app, RideScout, is launching in DC. The app is a one stop shop for getting you from point A to point B and prominently features Capital Bikeshare locations throughout the DC area, alongside Metro, car sharing locations and more!

    Learn more about this free app and get some great CaBi member benefits at their launch happy hour events this week.

    Montgomery County Launches Capital Bikeshare!

    We’re very excited to welcome Montgomery County to the Capital Bikeshare family! The first installment of 51 stations and 450 bikes throughout the County will be located in Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center areas. Today at a launch event in Rockville, dignitaries and residents gathered to celebrate as the first 14 stations in Montgomery County became operational.

    Capital Bikeshare is expanding into Montgomery County

    In the next few weeks, bikeshare stations will begin appearing in these areas:

    • Rockville
    • Shady Grove Life Sciences Center
    • Silver Spring
    • Takoma Park
    • Friendship Heights
    • Bethesda

    An announcement about when these stations will become operational will be forthcoming. For more details, and maps of where bikeshare stations will be, visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bikeshare. If you have questions, please email mcdot.bikeshare@montgomerycountymd.gov.

    Financial Assistance for Qualified Participants. Montgomery Country’s Department of Transportation is offering financial assistance to make it easier for people of low income to use Capital Bikeshare. A limited amount of funding is available through the Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program to improve travel options for low income commuters employed in the County or enrolled in job training or educational programs.

    Those who qualify for the program based on income requirements will receive free services, including: free membership for one year ($75 value), free bicycle education and safety training at Montgomery College in Rockville and a free bike helmet.

    The JARC bikeshare assistance program will be offered to a limited number of income-qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. To see if you qualify, contact Commuter Services at (240) 777-8380 or mcdot.bikeshare@montgomerycountymd.gov. Assistance in completing a registration form is available.

    Bikesharing Rolling into Montgomery County

    It’s what you’ve been waiting for and now it’s almost here! MCDOT is rolling out Capital Bikeshare to Montgomery County by the end of September. Here’s where you can expect to find stations being installed in the coming weeks:

    • Silver Spring
    • Takoma Park
    • Friendship Heights
    • Bethesda
    • Rockville
    • Shady Grove & the Life Sciences Center

    For more details, and maps of where bikeshare stations will be, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bikeshare. If you have questions, please email mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov. Know someone in Montgomery County who might be interested in joining Capital Bikeshare? By all means, share this information with them!

    In addition, MCDOT has announced a program to make Capital Bikeshare accessible to low-income individuals.  Through the “JARC”- Job Access Reverse Commute program, people who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a free membership, as well as free bike safety training, a helmet and route-planning assistance. If you know someone who could benefit from this program, please direct them to call (240) 777-8380 or email mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov.

    Our Bikeshare Hero

    Paul Wasneski is making quite a name for himself in the Capital Bikeshare community by documenting his rides to each and every station in the Capital Bikeshare system. Why would he do that?  We think the real question is why wouldn’t he?!

    Expansion Update

    Capital Bikeshare continues to expand! Crews have installed new stations in the following District locations:

  • 3rd St & Pennsylvania Ave, SE
  • 8th & D St, NW
  • 3rd & Elm St, NW
  • Rhode Island Ave & V St NE
  • Constitution Ave & 2nd St NW /DOL
  • Washington & Independence Ave SW/HHS


  • We’ll keep you posted on new developments in Arlington, Alexandria and Montgomery County.

    Zen Around the City

    Hey ladies – did you know that similar to yoga, biking can help reduce levels of stress? We sure did, so we’re excited to tell you about BikeArlington’s women’s event “Zen Around the City”! BikeArlington has partnered with Mind Your Body Oasis yoga studio to show you how incorporating biking into your life can help make the hustle and bustle of city life less stressful. With experts on hand to tailor the information to your unique needs, you’ll be one step closer to a happier, healthier and more “zenful” life! So join us for a night of yoga, biking and fun! Tickets are $5 and include dinner and a goodie bag worth $25. Visit the event website to RVSP.

    Hot Weather Biking Tips

    We don’t need to tell you that it’s been a hot, humid summer so far. You’ve been out there on those sweet, red bikes anyways because you’re not scared of no stinkin’ heat! Good for you! We regret to inform you, however, that you can, in fact, become uncomfortably, and sometimes dangerously, dehydrated if you’re not careful. That’s why we’d like to pass along this helpful infographic from our friends at BikeArlington and goDCgo. It’s packed full of good information and somehow manages to also be adorable. Please read the aptly titled “Hot Weather Biking Tips,” and pass it along to your fellow cyclists!

    Rebalancing Act

    We get a whole lot of questions every week asking “what the heck’s up with empty/full stations?!” Frankly, this makes us very sad and a little mopey, but we feel your frustration and try to answer you as best and as promptly as we can. For those of you who send us these questions or are thinking about doing so, we’re going to try to paint the full picture of the challenges we face daily in keeping all stations adequately balanced to serve your needs and what we are doing to improve that service.

    Updated Official Statement on Department of Labor Federal Wage Inquiry

    The District, Arlington and Alexandria, the jurisdictions that own Capital Bikeshare, are aware of a recent petition launched by current and former employees of Alta Bicycle Share, the contractor that operates the system, regarding their employment in DC.

    Alta has assured the jurisdictions that they fully value their work force and that they are doing everything they can to ensure that they are in compliance with federal wage guidelines.

    The jurisdictions are following this closely and await any outcomes from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    2013 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report

    To be published here on May 22 at noon.

    Official Statement on Department of Labor Federal Wage Inquiry

    The U.S. Department of Labor has requested information from the Capital Bikeshare operator Alta Bicycle Share about compliance with federal wage guidelines.

    The District, Arlington and Alexandria, the jurisdictions that own Capital Bikeshare, are following this closely.  Alta has assured Capital Bikeshare that they will provide all information requested by the Department of Labor while continuing to operate the bikeshare system.

    We thank our members and users of the system for your continued support and look forward to continuing to provide an on-going first class and unchanged level of service to our customers.

    Capital Bikeshare New Station Ribbon Cutting

    Join us on March 28 to celebrate the opening of the newest Capital Bikeshare station at the Walter Reed Community Center on Columbia Pike in Arlington.

    Arlington County Board Chair, Walter Tejada, will cut the ribbon and launch the 2013 Arlington expansion wave of 33 new stations focused on the Columbia Pike and Shirlington areas.
     
    We are proud to bring red-bike joy to the Columbia Pike neighborhood, and to provide our members with new options.  For more details on the Arlington expansion, click here.

    Bonus fact: This is the 200th station in the Capital Bikeshare system.  A testament to the popularity, growth and success of the system.
     
    Here are the details:

    Capital Bikeshare Ribbon Cutting
    Thursday March 28
    9am
    Walter Reed Community Center
    2909 16th Street, S
    Arlington, VA

    Capital Bikeshare Inauguration Alert

    Security measures and traffic restrictions that will be put in place for the upcoming inauguration will have a significant impact on Capital Bikeshare. Please take the time to read the information below regarding the specific impacts the inauguration will have on our service.  In the past, the Secret Service have changed plans and have shut down access as events happen so be prepared to change your route or to make new plans. Be flexible!

    Station Removals
    Due to security measures being put in place for the inauguration, Capital Bikeshare will be completely removing stations in the area of the inaugural parade route (from the Capitol to the White House) starting this week. 

    On Wednesday, January 16, the following stations will be removed:
    • 10th & E St NW
    • 10th & Constitution Ave NW
    • 15th & NY Ave NW

    On Thursday, January 17th the following stations will be removed:
    • Reagan Building/14th & D St NW
    • 14th & G St NW
    • 14th & H St NW

    Station Reinstallation
    Removed stations will be reinstalled starting on Wednesday, January 23rd and be completed by Thursday, January 24th.

    Pre- and Post-Inauguration Bike Corrals
    In order to accommodate our members while these stations are taken off the street, we will be hosting a bike corral at the 13th and NY NW station from 8am to 10am.  The morning corral will be available on the following days:

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Thursday, January 17th
    • Friday, January 18th
    • Tuesday, January 22nd
    • Wednesday, January 23rd
    • Thursday, January 24th

    Please note that while we can guarantee you a place to dock your bike, we cannot guarantee that a bike will be available for your return trip, so please plan accordingly.
     
    Rebalancing During the Inauguration (Monday, January 21st)
    Due to the security perimeter established for the inauguration, a significant number of downtown stations will not be accessible to rebalancing vehicles.  Other stations outside the perimeter will be difficult to access due to road closures, security measures, and anticipated high volumes of traffic.  As a result, we may have difficulty rebalancing many downtown stations.  We ask for your patience during this time.  Please be sure to consult Spotcycle before starting your trip.

    Inaccessible Stations on the National Mall (Monday, January 21st)
    There will be two stations on the National Mall that will be out of service during the Inauguration: 14th and Jefferson and 12th and Jefferson (Smithsonian Metro). These stations will be shut down during the event and will open up in the evening after the parade has finished. We are expecting this to be around 7pm.

    Inauguration Day Bike Corrals
    To accommodate the anticipated high usage of Capital Bikeshare on Monday, January 21st, we will be hosting two bike corrals, one each on the north and south sides of the security perimeter:  The north corral will be held at the 17th and K NW station next to Farragut Square.  The south corral will be at the 12th and Independence Ave SW (USDA) station.  Both corrals will be open from 7am to 5pm.  You will be guaranteed a place to drop off your Capital Bikeshare bike but we cannot guarantee a bike for return trips.

    Other Inauguration Resources

    goDCgo
    District Department of Transportation
    Downtown BID
    US Secret Service

    Thanks in advance for your patience.  We will do our best to provide the best possible service in this challenging environment.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

    The Capital Bikeshare Team

    District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, run by Alta Bicycle Share

    DDOT Releases New Capital Bikeshare Locations

    Expansion Stations Proposed in All Eight Wards

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation today announced proposed locations for 54 new Capital Bikeshare stations to be installed this winter in the District of Columbia. The list includes proposed new stations in all 8 wards of the city.

    “These new locations will mean a 40% increase in the number of CaBi stations in DC,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.  “Combined with new stations in Arlington, Alexandria and soon in Montgomery County, we’re building a robust and truly regional system.”

    There are currently 138 stations in DC, 45 in Arlington, and 8 Alexandria.

    DDOT selected the 54 locations from a longer list of 78 suggested locations submitted by the public over the past 2 years. DDOT evaluated the locations using several criteria, including population density, employment density, bike-to-work rate, proximity to metro, and proximity to other Bikeshare stations.  Residents also ‘voted’ for their preferences using an interactive crowdsourcing map.

    The proposed stations are in a mix and new and existing bikeshare neighborhoods. “We need to balance the desire to expand into new areas with the need for more docks and bikes in existing areas, particularly downtown, where demand is heaviest.” said Chris Holben, DDOT Project Manager for Capital Bikeshare. “Basically, for every ‘expansion’ station we also need more spaces downtown to keep up with demand.”
     
    DDOT plans to start installing new stations and bikes in January and finish in March.  Locations not selected in this round of 54 will be considered for the next round.  The complete list is below. You can also view the proposed locations alongside existing stations on a map at http://goo.gl/maps/UJPZs.

    To comment on the list of proposed locations, please email ddot.bikeshare@dc.gov by January 15, 2013.

    First Round

    1 18th Street and Wyoming Avenue NW
    2 11th Street and M Street NW
    3 14th Street and Clifton Street/ Boys and Girls Club NW
    4 15th Street and Euclid Street NW
    5 20th Street and Virginia Avenue NW
    6 Ellington Bridge, SE corner NW
    7 Elm Street and 2nd Street (LeDroit Park) NW
    8 New Jersey Avenue and R Street NW
    9 Hiatt Place between Park and Irving NW
    10 13th Street and U Street NW
    11 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue/JHU NW
    12 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW
    13 8th Street and D Street NW
    14 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW
    15 11th Street and K Street NW
    16 L’Enfant Plaza at Independence Ave SW
    17 11th Street and F Street NW
    18 23rd Street and W.H.O. NW
    19 Constitution Ave and 21st Street NW
    20 34th Street and Water Street NW
    21 Connecticut and Nebraska Avenues NW
    22 Connecticut Ave and Albemarle St NW
    23 O Street and Wisconsin Ave (east) NW
    24 Wisconsin Ave and Fessenden St NW
    25 Wisconsin Ave and Veazy Street NW
    26 14th Street and Upshur Street NW
    27 14th Street and Colorado Avenue NW
    28 5th Street and Kennedy Street NW
    29 Georgia Ave and Decatur Street NW
    30 V Street and Rhode Island Ave at Summit Place NE
    31 2nd Street and M Street NE
    32 Hamlin Street and 7th Street NE
    33 12th Street and Irving Street NE
    34 Neal Street and Trinidad Avenue NE
    35 Rhode Island Ave Metro entrance NE
    36 18th Street and Rhode Island Ave NE
    37 8th Street and F Street NE
    38 Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Street SE
    39 8th Street and East Capitol Street NE
    40 15th Street and East Capitol Street NE
    41 Independence and Washington/HHS SW
    42 Constitution Ave and 2nd St/DOL NW
    43 6th Street and Indiana Avenue NW
    44 New Jersey Avenue and D Street SE
    45 15th St, F St and Tennessee Ave NE
    46 9th Street and M Street SE
    47 Tingey Street and 3rd Street SE
    48 Deanwood Rec Center and Library NE
    49 Burroughs Avenue and 49th Street NE
    50 Burroughs Ave and Minnesota Ave NE
    51 Minnesota/34th Street and Ely Place SE
    52 Alabama Avenue and Stanton Road SE
    53 MLK, Jr. Ave and Alabama Ave SE
    54 MLK, Jr. Ave and Pleasant Street SE

    Next Round

    55 MLK, Jr. Ave and St. E’s Gate 5 SE
    56 14th Street and Fairmont Street NW
    57 18th Street and C Street NW
    58 L’Enfant Plaza at Banneker Circle SW
    59 G Street at MLK Library NW
    60 Wisconsin Ave and Ingomar Street NW
    61 Brandywine St and Wisconsin Ave NW
    62 Connecticut Ave and Porter Street NW
    63 O Street and Wisconsin Ave (west) NW
    64 Massachusetts Ave and 48th Street NW
    65 Van Buren Street and Rec Center NW
    66 Ft Totten Metro Station NW
    67 Cedar Street underpass (Takoma) NW
    68 Piney Branch Rd and Georgia Ave NW
    69 1st Street and K Street NE
    70 Rhode Island Ave and Franklin St NE
    71 18th Street and Monroe Street NE
    72 New Jersey Avenue and L Street NW
    73 Haines Point Rec Center SW
    74 2nd Street and V Street SW
    75 Burroughs and Division Avenues NE
    76 Ely Place and Ft. Dupont Ice Rink SE
    77 16th Street and Minnesota Ave SE
    78 MLK, Jr. Ave and St E’s Gate 1 SE

    Safety Tip: Ride in Single File

    Though many cities and towns allow bicyclists to ride two abreast (two riders side-by-side) so long as they don’t impede traffic, it is often a good idea to remain riding single file on both roads and trails.


    1. Riding single file ensures that bicyclists do not obstruct the flow of traffic on single lane or narrow roads.

    2. By riding single file, multiple bicyclists use the same space on the road, enabling them to stay out of the door zone while remaining visible to drivers.

    3. When riding single file, be sure to communicate with riders in front of and behind you. Signal your turns and stops, and use verbal warnings such as “stopping” or “car approaching”.

    4. On trails, riding single file keeps pedestrians and other slow-moving trail users safe.

    5. While most drivers are perfectly courteous, it’s always possible that drivers may take offense to bicyclists’ actions, such as blocking a lane of travel. Riding single file can help minimize these frustrations.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but 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 waba.org.

    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 customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com. 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.

    Capital Bikeshare's 2nd Year in Arlington

    How did Arlington’s portion of Capital Bikeshare do in its second year of service? Are Arlingtonians and visitors using the service? How many trips are made and how much was spent? These questions and a lot more are discussed in Arlington County’s “FY12 Summary Report on Capital Bikeshare” (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required). The report’s highlights include the service’s continued cost recovery growth, annual key indicator data, member survey analysis, and accomplishments.

    Not to spoil the conclusion for you, but yes, the service had a good year. The County expanded Capital Bikeshare throughout the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor during this time period, more than doubling its number of stations from 18 to 41 and bikes from 123 to 286. With the additional stations and bikes came an increased cost recovery ratio – the percentage of revenues divided by expenses. Fiscal Year 2011 had a 53% cost recovery ratio and FY12 saw an increase to 64%.

    Arlington’s portion of the service had $411,000 in revenues from memberships, user fees, and sponsorships and $473,000 in operations expenses, plus $170,000 in management and marketing – totaling $643,000 in expenses. The number of trips starting and ending in Arlington increased by about 280% to 88,613 (trips starting) and 86,438 (trips ending). The number of miles ridden in Arlington increased 343% to about 95,000 miles, which helped remove nearly 64,000 pounds of CO2 from the air. The service also got us more active and we burned over 4.1 million calories to be fit.

    The report also discusses our accomplishments, such as our partnership with Bank on DC, Transit Development Plan, map panels design updated, marketing campaign, and call center improvements. The report can be found online at BikeArlington.com (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required).

    Safety Tip: Be Careful at Intersections

    More than two thirds of all bike/car crashes happen at intersections. As a bicyclist, it’s critical to know what you can do to stay visible, predictable and safe when approaching, navigating and leaving an intersection, whether you turn or go straight through.

    1. When approaching an intersection, ride in the center of the rightmost lane that will take you the direction you want to go—right lane for turning right, left lane for turning left, etc.

    2. Check behind you, then use hand signals to indicate that you are changing lanes or turning.

    3. Make eye contact with drivers around you to ensure that they have noticed you—communication is key!

    4. When stopped at an intersection, do so in the center of the lane—either in front of or behind a car—to ensure that you are seen by the driver. Don’t wait off to the side, where they may not be looking.

    5. Drivers are often unable to estimate the speed of bikes and think they have enough time to make a turn. Keep an eye on drivers traveling in the opposite lane and turning left across your path.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but 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 waba.org.

    Capital Bikeshare Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

    (Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare celebrates its second birthday, marking the end of a very successful year that saw the addition of more stations in the District and Arlington, and most recently, the City of Alexandria. Alexandria kicked off the birthday celebration with an official Launch Party on Wednesday, and today it is Capital Bikeshare Day, by proclamation, in both DC and Arlington.

    Capital Bikeshare Launches in Alexandria

    We’re very excited to announce that eight Capital Bikeshare stations are now operational in the City of Alexandria! 

    These station locations include:

    • Prince St. & Union St.
    • King St. & N Royal St.
    • King St. & S Patrick St.
    • Commerce St. & S Fayette St.
    • N Saint Asaph St. & Pendleton St.
    • N Henry St. & Pendleton St.
    • Braddock Road Metro
    • King Street - Old Town Metro

    The City will hold a launch event on Wednesday, September 19 at 11:45 a.m. in front of Alexandria City Hall in Market Square at 301 King Street to celebrate their shiny new stations! 

    We are thrilled with the progress the Capital Bikeshare program has made over the last two years and look forward to working with additional jurisdictions to expand even more!

    Safety Tip: Beware of Parked Car Doors-They Can Open at Anytime

    Though it is illegal for drivers and passengers to open their doors into traffic – and bikes are traffic – you don’t want to rely on others for your safety. Follow these tips to avoid getting “doored.”

    1. The 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars is called the “Door Zone.” Vehicle doors vary in length, and you should ride outside of the door zone as much as you can.

    2. Riding outside of the “Door Zone” has the added benefit of making you more visible to drivers in front of and behind you.

    3. Be aware of passenger vehicles (taxis and buses) and always pass on the left to avoid conflicts with drivers entering or exiting the roadway.

    4. Use a bell (or your voice) to communicate with drivers and passengers who are opening their doors.

    Remember, it’s a two-way street. When you are the driver or passenger in a car, always check behind the vehicle for approaching bikes before opening your door – it’s the law!

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but 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 waba.org.

    Capital Bikeshare begins installations in Alexandria on August 27

    Starting Monday, August 27, Capital Bikeshare will begin the process of installing eight stations in the City of Alexandria.  These station locations include:

    • Prince St / Union St
    • King St / N Royal St
    • King St / S Patrick St
    • Commerce St / S Fayette St
    • N Saint Asaph St /Pendleton St
    • N Henry St / Pendleton St
    • Braddock Road Metro
    • King Street – Old Town Metro


    It is important to note that these stations will not be operational until the deployment and installation of all eight stations in Alexandria is complete, tentatively scheduled for early September.  These stations will not be available to pick up or return bikes to until that time.  These stations will not appear on the CaBi online map or on Spotcycle until they are fully operational. 
    Please visit Alexandriava.gov/localmotion

    for Capital Bikeshare installation updates, and stay tuned to the Capital Bikeshare Facebook and Twitter pages for additional announcements.

    Safety Tip: Always Wear a Helmet

    While riding well can prevent crashes, they can still happen in spite of your skill on a bike. Wearing a bike helmet is the most effective way to ensure that if a crash happens, you will survive it. Please keep these five things in mind when thinking about purchasing a helmet:

    1. Every helmet sold in the US meets the same safety standards. Spending $200 might get you a cooler helmet, but it won’t get you one that keeps your head safer.

    2. However, a helmet won’t help if it doesn’t fit you correctly. Take these steps to put your helmet on right:

    • Place the helmet level on your head, not too far forward or back. The brim should be about two fingers’ width above your eyebrows.
    • The side straps should come to a V just below your earlobes.
    • The chinstrap should be snug under your chin. When you open your mouth wide, you should feel the helmet tug down on the top of your head.
    • The helmet shouldn’t wobble or shake when you move your head.

    3. Helmet laws vary by location: people under 16 must wear helmets in DC and MD, under 14 in VA.

    4. Helmets are good for one crash only! Additionally, they need to be replaced every 4-6 years whether you have been involved in a crash or not.

    5. On a bike, you can avoid many crashes by paying attention and riding visibly & predictably. But you can’t control or avoid everything, and when a crash happens, a bike helmet is your last line of defense. Don’t ride without it!

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but 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 waba.org.

    CaBi Bike Steering Limiter Tab Solution

    To date, ninety Capital Bikeshare bikes have been found by service staff to have a broken steering limiter tab and removed from service.  The tab is a small piece of metal that is part of the steerer tube and which runs in a narrow channel on the top of the fork crown.  The tabs are there to give the bike better stability when the kick stand is down, prevent damage to the frame from over-steering, and protect the wiring in the head tube.  Our mechanics have discovered that sometimes this tab breaks and needs to be removed.  Since the launch of the system, all bikes that have been found to have a steering limiter tab problem have been removed from service pending a solution from the bike manufacturer.

    The solution recently became available after rigorous testing to ensure that Capital Bikeshare riders will see no difference in the performance or quality of the bikes. The black buttons that can be found on some of the bikes on both sides of the downtube are designed to serve the same purpose as the steering limiter tab.  We are in the process of applying this solution to all bikes that have been found to have steering tab issues.  Capital Bikeshare will continue to monitor the fleet and any additional bikes that are found to have the steering tab issue will also receive the solution.

    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 waba.org.

    Safety Tip: Ride in a Straight Line

    It’s smart to be a proactive rider, but you can also make a big difference in your bike safety by simply riding in a straight line! Riding smoothly without unnecessary drifting or swerving is one of those basic bike skills that is easy to dismiss, but can do a lot to increase your visibility, your predictability, and ultimately your safety:

    1. When you ride in a straight line, drivers (and other cyclists) expect that you will continue to do so. Being predictable keeps you safer.

    2. Ride outside of the door zone and stay there. No swerving means no worrying about car doors.

    3. Resist the temptation to move to the right when there are no parked cars. Sure, it can be a relief to get out of traffic, but you are making yourself harder to see and predict.

    4. To change lanes or make turns, remember your hand signals. Signal early and often. Back up your signals with eye contact and make your intentions clear.

    5. If you find yourself swerving when looking over your shoulder, practice your technique in an empty parking lot.

    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 waba.org.

    On Our Way to Two Million

    We are thrilled to be quickly approaching an enormous milestone here at Capital Bikeshare—2 million trips taken! We can’t thank our members enough for believing in this service and it has truly been amazing to see the type of impact that a transit system like Capital Bikeshare can have on a community.

    Safety Tip: Obey all Regulatory Signs and Traffic Lights

    When riding your bike, either in the street or on the sidewalk, you are obligated to follow all appropriate laws as they relate to pedestrians, bikes and automobiles. This starting point allows all users of the road to be safe and respectful of each other.

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.

    For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thank you for your support!

    Safety Tip: Use Hand Signals

    When you’re on your bike, communicating with drivers can seem like an impossible task. But with a little thought and some practice, you can let drivers know what you are going to do before you do it, making yourself more predictable and safer. Use hand signals and body language to get your message out there:

    1. For turns, simply hold out your arm in the direction you want to turn. You can also signal a right turn by holding your left arm out and bent up at the elbow.
    2. Remember, bikes don’t have brake lights, so signal your stops by holding either arm out and bent down at the elbow. This is especially helpful on off-street trails.
    3. Add motion to your signals! Movement attracts attention, so flex at the wrist or elbow as you make your hand signal.
    4. Earlier is better, so try to signal your turns half a block or 500 feet before an intersection, whichever is further away.
    5. For lane-changes, point at the lane you are moving into, so drivers don’t think you are turning off the roadway completely.
    6. Don’t stop there: make eye contact, wave, smile and use other body language to communicate your intentions to drivers. If they can predict your actions, you stay safer.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but 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 waba.org

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.

    For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thank you for your support!

    Never Ride Against Traffic

    Perhaps you already know that you aren’t supposed to ride against traffic on a bicycle, but do you know the reason behind the rule? By riding against traffic, you are putting yourself in a dangerous situation and reducing the odds that you will be seen by motorists. Riding against traffic is not safe for these reasons:

    Celebrate 12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown with Exclusive Discounts for Capital Bikeshare Members

    Just in time for the holidays, the Georgetown BID brings you 12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown, and Capital Bikeshare is thrilled to be part of it! Come celebrate DC’s most anticipated holiday shopping season, with 12 days of special store sales and events, dining treats, holiday entertainment and activities and more. From December 9 through 20, holiday treats exclusively for Capital Bikeshare members are waiting for you all over the neighborhood.

    Expansion Update in the District and Arlington County

    Celebrating our first birthday was fun, but now we’re ready to focus on the future of Capital Bikeshare— and it looks pretty promising. After several public meetings and the help of a crowdsourcing map, which enabled members to submit their preferences for new station locations, we finally decided where to place the first new stations in the District and Arlington County. Keep in mind that these locations were chosen based upon the feedback we received from Capital Bikeshare members. So, if your favorite station location didn’t make the list, just wait—many more are in the pipeline for the coming year.

    Suggest a Station Location with our new Crowdsourcing Map Tool!

    We want to hear where you would like to see future Capital Bikeshare stations!  To accommodate this, we have devised a nifty crowdsourcing map that allows you to suggest a station (or many stations), view and comment on other people’s suggestions, and share it all through your email and social media networks.

    Analysis of Public Comment for Proposed Capital Bikeshare Expansion Stations

    Thank you to everyone who provided input on the County’s proposed FY12 Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station locations in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. We received over 300 comments from the public through our online interactive map, public meeting, civic association meetings, and emails. In addition to input in favor of certain stations, we also received helpful input of unfavored stations. With these comments, we’re able to better locate future CaBi stations to better meet demand and neighborhoods’ needs.

    June 2011 Reverse Rider Rewards Winners Announced

    Beginning June 1, 2011, Capital Bikeshare annual members were encouraged through our Reverse Riders Rewards to assist in the redistribution of bicycles across Downtown DC. Prizes were available to members who took a bicycle from a “typically full station” and dropped it off at a “typically empty station” Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8am and 10am. One point was rewarded for each qualifying trip. The stations that are eligible were plotted on our very fancy Google map.  Full details on the current contest are available here.

    Capital Bikeshare is Hosting 2 Corrals Near the National Mall for July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

    On Monday, July 4th, Capital Bikeshare will be providing two bike corrals to handle the large number of riders expected to use the system to visit the National Mall for the 4th of July celebrations.  The bike corrals will be located at the following stations:

    District Expansion of Capital Bikeshare

    A public meeting to discuss the expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program in the District of Columbia took place on May 25. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and was attended by 124 community members interested in learning more about the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) proposed station locations and providing their own feedback on where they would like to see the next round of stations.

    Public Meeting to Discuss Arlington Expansion of Capital Bikeshare

    Capital Bikeshare is expanding throughout the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and the Arlington County Department of Environment Services would like public input about the proposed station locations as well as suggestions for locations. About 30 stations are proposed for the Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square, and Ballston urban villages within the next year.

    In The Employer Spotlight: The World Bank

    Last month, goDCgo and The World Bank teamed up to launch the Capital Bikeshare corporate program in style! In one day, goDCgo sponsored four Confident City Cycling classes at The World Bank headquarters, reaching over 100 new and not-so-new bike commuters.

    Station at MLK and Good Hope Road, SE to close temporarily

    Due to construction on the 11th Street bridge, we will be temporarily removing the CaBi station at 1800 Martin Luther King Blvd (at the intersection of MLK and Good Hope Road, SE) on Friday morning, April 29th, 2011.

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.  For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thanks for your membership!

    Living Social code works for renewals, too!

    Currently a CaBi member and wanting to get in on the Living Social deal?  No problem!  Use the code to renew your membership!

    Final Winter Weather Warrior Contest Results Post Tuesday

    We’ll be posting the final Winter Weather Warrior contest results on goDCgo.com on Tuesday March 8.  Results will include our Long Haul Rider and Most Saddle Time Rider for February, the faithful CaBi members with perfect attendance, and the supreme Warrior.  Stay tuned and check goDCgo.com for the full results.

    Who's in the Lead?

    Check out the full Winter Weather Warrior leader board to see where you stand and for details on the contest.  You can still opt-in and join the competition.  Updated February 9, 2011.

    Winter Weather Warrior Leader Board

    Check out the full Winter Weather Warrior leader board to see where you stand and for details on the contest.  You can still opt-in and join the competition.  Updated February 2, 2011.

    Favorite Photo Contest

    January has been cold and bleak. Yuck-o. Time to get your creative juices flowing again. So we’re announcing today a photo contest for everyone participating in Capital Bikeshare’s Winter Weather Warrior contest!  Winner will receive a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

    Station at Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenues to close temporarily

    Due to DDOT roadway construction on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, we will be temporarily removing the CaBi station at the intersection of Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenues on Tuesday morning, January 4th, 2011.

    Severe Weather Policy

    Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather.  If severe weather endangers user safety, Capital Bikeshare will close temporarily and no bikes can be rented.  All bikes already in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station with an available open slot and all user fees still apply.  The system will re-open when conditions are determined safe for operations.