News

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.