October 2015 Expansion Update

In this edition of Expansion, we relocated and expanded two stations in DC.


  • Kennedy Center, Relocated to F St & New Hampshire Ave NW & expanded to 19 docks
  • 11th & K St NW, Relocated to 10th & K St NW & expanded to 23 docks
We're always on the lookout for the next great station location. Be sure to add your suggestion to the Crowdsourcing Map!

CaBi Hack Night Showcases System Data at Work

Photo Credit: MV Jantzen / Mobility LabThe Transportation Techies meet-up group held their fourth “CaBi Hack Night” event at the brand new 1776 facility in Crystal City on Monday, October 19. Transportation data enthusiasts, animators and Bikeshare fans assembled to see a full slate of presentations from their peers on everything from the #busybike to rebalancing. The event was featured in a Washington Post story here. These projects are made possible by our system data, available to the public here.

Time to Shine - Cycling After Daylight Savings Time

With Daylight Savings Time ending last weekend, darkness will fall earlier each day. But fear not, our bikes come equipped with front and rear lights that turn on as soon as you start rolling.

Here are some other ways to stay as bright and visible as possible after dark, from our friends at goDCgo and BikeArlington:

Spinning Wrenches

From L-R: Back row – Bryan, Lane, Ernest, Shawn, Pete & Donald; Front row – Dominic & George; Not pictured – James, Brendan, Robbie and Todd.

Above the soulful crooning of a Sam Cooke track, there is the industrial rat-a-tat-tat of a powerful drill punching through metal. No one in the Capital Bikeshare service department bats an eye as staff mechanic Dominic installs a “Frankenstein” safety bolt into the red frame of a bicycle. “It takes a lot to get a bike in here, so while we have it, we do the best we can to address any possible problems with the bike,” says Shawn Smith, the service manager for the 12 mechanics and the 3,100 bikes they keep in good condition. “With the right attention, quality labor and good replacement parts these bikes can go for years.”

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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.