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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.

Take the Car Free Days Pledge

Don’t forget to take the pledge and participate in Car Free Days, happening September 20-22 this year. That’s three whole days to do what you love to do anyway – ride Capital Bikeshare! Even if you’re already car free, by taking the pledge you’ll make a statement about your support for sustainable forms of transportation and also be eligible to win great prizes like an iPad or $250 gift certificate to BicycleSPACE. To take the pledge, visit www.carfreemetrodc.com. or information about other modes of car free transportation throughout the District and to plan a route, visit goDCgo’s interactive map. And while you’re there, be sure to also enter their Car Free Days Giveaway and tell them how you plan to get around for the big event. There could be more prizes in store for you!

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?!

Capital Bikeshare Hits 5 Million & a Lot of Other Awesome Bikeshare Stats

We’ve hit another milestone! On Sunday, August 18, Capital Bikeshare hit 5 million rides! That’s right, 5 MILLION. But we’d be remiss to omit the other totally awesome milestones we hit that very same week! We had the highest weekly ridership ever, with 67,980 trips taken and had the highest daily ridership average, with 9,711 trips. That’s almost 10,000 trips on Capital Bikeshare a day! Less than a month from our third anniversary, we’ll take it!