October 2016 Expansion Update

While we're almost ready to announce Fairfax County's stations, our Installation team was busy elsewhere this month! We installed 5 new stations and expanded 1 station.


  • Wisconsin Ave & Brandywine St NW, New, 25 docks
  • 1st St & D St SE, New, 19 docks
  • 16th St & Q St SE, New, 23 docks
  • 24th St & R St NE, New, 19 docks


  • 20th St & S Crystal Dr, Expansion, Now 17 docks
  • N Kennebec St & 11th St N, New, 15 docks
We're always on the lookout for the next great station location. Be sure to add your suggestion to the Crowdsourcing Map!

Improved Member Survey is Out Now

Self-improvement is a constant process, especially for a bike share system. After another two years of rides, it’s time for Capital Bikeshare to ask our members for help. Today, we’re launching our new and much shorter Member Survey to help you help us improve.

Please take just 10 minutes to answer a few questions about yourself, how you use Capital Bikeshare, how it has affected the way you travel in our area and what ideas you have for the future. Complete the survey for a chance to win one of 10 annual memberships. Simply input your email address at the end to be entered.

SERVICE ALERT: NMAAHC Opening Celebration Corral Service, Closures

Capital Bikeshare is honored to be a small part of the Smithsonian's grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture this Saturday, September 24 on the National Mall.

To accommodate security considerations and the high expected attendance for the opening ceremony, we have made some service adjustments to the area surrounding the museum for Saturday's event.

Corral Service will be provided from 8am-1pm on Saturday at the 10th St & Constitution Ave Station.

Corral Service means that we guarantee available Bikeshare docks for those attending the festivities between the hours posted. Grab a bike and head on down to welcome the newest museum on the National Mall.

Due to the security perimeter, we are closing the following stations for the entire day on September 24.

  • Jefferson Dr & 14th St SW
  • Smithsonian / Jefferson Dr & 12th St SW

These stations will be offline and unavailable for checking out or returning bikes. Please use other nearby stations or the Corral Service location.

As always, check Spotcycle before you ride this weekend.

Proper Docking Practices

Are you parking your bike the right way? When you return a bike to a dock, please make sure that you dock your bike correctly. What does that look like? Here’s a little video reminder. There have been over 13,000 trips per day at times this summer and most of them end with a flash of green and a pleasant ding.

When you check your bike back in at a station, you must ensure that the green light appears. If you do not see the green light, or you get a red light, try the following steps:

  1. Try docking it again. Make sure the bike is lined up to go straight into the dock and press firmly.
  2. Try a different dock. That might mean going to another station if one is not available at your current location.
  3. If the bike will not release from the dock, and you saw a red light, call the customer service call center at 1-877-430-BIKE (2453) right away. Your trip has not been completed yet and our staff needs to know that there is a problem.

Remember: when you are riding Capital Bikeshare, you are responsible for the bike, per the terms of the User Agreement. It’s important to let our staff know if there is an issue returning the bike as quickly as possible, so that we can help find a solution.

Where's That Bikeshare? Vol. 4

Ready to test your knowledge after a summer full of exploring the Capital Bikeshare system? We’re back with the 4th edition of “Where’s that Bikeshare?” With 5 new images thanks to Bikeshare explorer @bikesharedude and his summer adventure visiting all 400 stations, you’d better be ready to ride.