Rebalancing Act (Redux)

The sun is out, temperatures are up and there’s no mistaking that summer weather is back! Unfortunately, that also means that we’re seeing more and more questions about station and dock availability. It’s true – our wonderful members (that’s you!) are very active in the warmer months. Whether it’s biking to work, checking out the sights or meeting friends, a lot of you are out there riding our red bikes.

We work hard to ensure that every member can use the system to serve them best, but the reality is, sometimes there isn’t a bike or a dock waiting for you when you arrive at a station. For those of you who’ve encountered this issue recently, here are a few things to know about rebalancing the Capital Bikeshare system, to paint a better picture of how we move bikes and why your preferred station might be full or empty:

Rainy Day Ride Advice

After a rainy Bike to Work Day morning worthy of an epic tale or song, we asked our members for their best tips on riding in the rain. Here’s eight of our favorite bits of rainy day advice that you came up with:

•“The importance of a good rain coat cannot be overemphasized.” – @humaimtiaz on Twitter
•“Bring another set of clothes.” Noe S. via Facebook
•“Pack extra socks!” – @gapoole on Twitter
•“Keep a towel or rag in your bag to wipe the seat down.” Miguel A. via Facebook
•“Fenders. All Day. Every Day.” – Greg M. on Facebook (Editor’s Note: Our bikes have those!)
•“Keep a plastic bag in your pocket and use it to cover the seat. Even if the cushion has absorbed some water, your bum will stay dry.” – Patricia S. on Facebook
•“Take corners slowly and allow for more time to stop.” – @GeraldF_PE on Twitter
•“Pretend like you’re at a POTUS meet-and-greet: See and be seen! (Lights and bright clothing)” – @emptej on Twitter

All of our bikes are equipped with lights and fenders to keep you dry and visible when the skies turn gray. As always, we remind you to use your best judgment when deciding whether to ride in inclement weather conditions. Have another good wet weather tip? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

Bike to Work Day Corral May 16

With just one week to go, we’re excited to announce that Capital Bikeshare will be hosting a bike corral at the Freedom Plaza pit stop for this year’s Bike to Work Day on May 16. A bike corral is a temporary docking location staffed by our operations team, and allows Capital Bikeshare members to return bikes without having to search for a station with an open dock. The corral will be located at the 14th & D St NW/Ronald Reagan Building station from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

This year, over 79 pit stops will open on Friday, May 16 throughout the region and we want you to make your commute count by registering for the event. Even if you already use Capital Bikeshare or your own bike to get to work regularly, your participation is key to drawing attention to bicyclists and encourages people on the fence to join in on the fun. Not to mention the free t-shirt, food, drinks and great raffle prizes available at the pit stop where you register!

A friendly reminder to our members that there will be lots of bike-commuting newbies out and about on Bike to Work Day, so please be alert and helpful as they get rolling!

Capital Bikeshare Memberships Now Available for Purchase at Commuter Stores

Get your Key Fob NowBeginning May 14, Capital Bikeshare annual, month and daily key memberships will be available for purchase at any of the four Commuter Store locations in Arlington County and at the Mobile Commuter Store which has stops in Arlington, Alexandria and D.C. New members can sign up with the assistance of the Commuter Store staff and receive a member key fob, which is ready for use immediately! Commuter Stores will offer Capital Bikeshare membership purchases Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 5pm and Saturday at the Ballston and Rosslyn locations from 8am - 2pm. If you purchase a helmet, it will be mailed to you separately.

With Bike to Work Day just around the corner on May 16, now is the perfect time to take a friend to any Commuter Store so they’ll be ready for their first bike commute by Capital Bikeshare!

April 2014 Expansion Update

We added four new stations in Montgomery County and expanded a popular DC station this month. There are now 319 stations system-wide.


  • 1st & N St SE (Nationals Park), Expansion, Now 39 Docks

  • Montgomery County

  • Bethesda Metro, New, 12 Docks
  • Rockville Metro West, New, 19 Docks
  • Shady Grove Metro West, New, 19 Docks
  • River Road & Landy Lane / CCT, 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.