After many requests and a lot of interest, three Capital Bikeshare stations arrived in the Del Ray neighborhood of the City of Alexandria last summer. Incorporated as the town of Potomac in 1908, Del Ray is best known for the eclectic mix of small businesses and restaurants that line Mount Vernon Avenue There are over a hundred businesses on the seven block span where our stations are located. To welcome one of the newest neighborhoods to the Capital Bikeshare community, we thought a nice tour of the neighborhood was in order. Take a ride over from the station at the Braddock Road Metro (or further, if you like) and check out the place “where Main Street still exists.”
There are all kinds of places to go with your Capital Bikeshare membership in the DC Metro region. Since bicycling is one of the healthiest forms of transportation, why not double down on green and healthy this spring and enjoy a ride to one of the many farmers markets in our area?
We’ve listed just a few of the great market destinations that are right next to Capital Bikeshare stations in your community. Head over and enjoy some of the locally-grown, locally-made or seasonal specialties on offer.
If you’re gearing up for Bike to Work Day on May 15, or just shifting into spring riding as the temperatures get warmer, check out the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) great lineup of May classes and rides. Whether you are looking for a refresher course in safe city cycling techniques or simply want to explore your community on one of their rides, WABA has a range of options for you to get more comfortable and confident riding your bike.
Rides in Maryland Sponsored by Montgomery County DOT/Commuter Services
- Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30pm-8pm - Community Ride in Bethesda
- Saturday, May 9, from 11am-2pm - City Cycling class in Silver Spring
- Wednesday, May 13 from 6:30pm-8pm - Community ride in Arlington
- Saturday, May 16, from 10am-1pm - City Cycling class in Alexandria
- Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30pm-8pm - Community ride in Arlington
Our friends at WABA also want to remind you that Capital Bikeshare members can register for FREE for any of these events with the discount code capital-bikeshare-CCC, and your usage fees are covered for any of their classes or rides in which you use a Bikeshare bike. No excuses, get out there and ride!
May is here and beautiful spring weather is rolling in! We’re excited to see the sun out and the temperatures up, because that means it will be Bike to Work Day 2015 soon. This year, 79 pit stops will open to an anticipated 14,000+ participants on Friday, May 15 for conversation, coffee, prizes and more with friends, sponsors and organizations across the region.
Want to get in on the fun? Register for one of these great pit stops near your home or office and receive a free T-shirt! Whether you use Capital Bikeshare or your own bike to get to work, registering for Bike to Work Day demonstrates your support for all the bike commuters across the region. Help show those around you how easy it is to hop off the fence and on to the saddle.
Bike to Work Day always results in the system being busier than normal, so we’ll have a bike corral at the 14th & D St. NW / Ronald Reagan Building station to make sure there is ample space to return your bike; the corral is close to the Freedom Plaza pit stop, as well. Use this staffed station to make sure you find a dock when you need one. Keep your station options open as you set off for your pit stop, and check Spotcycle frequently to receive up-to-the-minute status on availability.
Remember that Bike to Work Day will bring a lot of bike-commuting newcomers to our trails, streets and Bikeshare bikes. Be friendly, alert and helpful to those who are just getting started and offer a welcoming wave when you see them!
If you’re fairly new to two wheels, check out WABA’s City Cycling classes, sponsored by our participating jurisdictions! We also have some savvy cycling tips from our friends at goDCgo and BikeArlington that will help you navigate your way to work on May 15.
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.