The Bikeshare Fan's Gift Guide

Looking to provide a little holiday cheer for the bikeshare rider in your life? Check out a few of our holiday gift suggestions. We have some great gift ideas for about (or less than) the cost of an annual membership. Whether you want another year of bikesharing or just a few odds and ends to make your trip easier, you can find something here.

Winter Weather Won't Stop You

Winter’s chill has already arrived in the DC Metro area, but that’s not stopping many of you from riding as the temperatures drop and the snow arrives. Last winter was one of the snowiest on record here in the region, with 10 days of snow accumulation over one inch, compared to one such day the previous winter.

To prepare you for the seasonal conditions, we asked you to send us your best winter riding tips via social media. We received several dozen responses, with some great advice on how to keep biking no matter what Jack Frost throws your way.

Get the top 10 winter riding tips, and some really cool stats about how tough you are, in the full post here.

Capital Bikeshare Hack Night Brings Trip Data to Life

For the past four years, anonymous Capital Bikeshare trip data has been available on our website for people to learn, diagram and visualize. We’ve seen some incredible projects over the years, and we were excited to head to WeWork’s Wonder Bread Factory coworking space in DC’s Shaw neighborhood to attend Transportation Techies’ CaBi Hack Night III event last Thursday, sponsored by Mobility Lab. More than 100 bikeshare and data enthusiasts were greeted with food, networking and a variety of presentations that covered topics like planning principles for bikesharing systems, interesting new apps and connectivity offered by Bikeshare stations.

Get the download on all of the great presentations, visualizations and more, click through here.

Bike Corrals for Veteran's Day Concert for Valor

The Concert for Valor is coming to the National Mall on November 11, and we’ve got you covered if you want to get there on Capital Bikeshare. We’re hosting bike corrals at the 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW and 12th St. & Independence Ave SW stations, with staff on hand to make sure that everyone has a dock when they arrive. Corrals will open at 6pm and will close 30 minutes after the end of the concert.

Presented by HBO, Starbucks and Chase, the Concert begins at 7pm on Veteran’s Day, November 11 and is a tribute to America’s service members and veterans. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem, Metallica, Rihanna, Jessie J and Zac Brown Band! There will also be special tributes from a variety of artists, movie stars and performers.

There's an (Updated) App for That

If you use the Spotcycle app for iOS and Android phones to navigate your Bikeshare trips, you’re in luck. Our developer partner has released a new version, incorporating a lot of new features. The app now features:

  • Reality+, which lets you use your phone camera to see where nearby stations are on the map.
  • Station clustering when using the map view
  • Simplified navigation within the app
  • Customizable colors for map features
  • Bug fixes and other improvements
  • The update also phases out the accounts feature, and the web-based application will no longer be available. More information on the app’s facelift is available here.

    Some of our members have been experiencing crashes upon opening the new version of the app. Our developer is aware of the issue and working diligently to resolve it.

    If you are experiencing this issue, there is a temporary fix. Simply uninstall Spotcycle from your device and reinstall it, using the App Store or Google Play. Your preferences may revert to the default settings during this process, so please review your app’s set-up once you have reinstalled it on your phone.

    We are continuing to work with our developer to ensure a seamless Spotcycle experience. If you experience any further issues, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter.