Wow. The Capital Bikeshare service area received a winter storm unlike any other in our 5 and a half years of service. With a reported 22+ inches of snow in many areas where we have stations, this was a monster storm. Our stations were covered and we had to shut the system down for 5 days as we waited for conditions to improve and our staff to dig out stations one by one, mostly by hand.
That didn’t stop many of you from riding in the hours and minutes ahead of the big blizzard. On Friday, January 22, you took 2990 trips, including 630 trips after the snow started falling! After the system closed, photos of our stations and bikes buried in snow became one of the signature images of the storm. Check out some of our favorites from members like you and get a firsthand look at our storm recovery on Storify.
We know it was a long time to be closed, but the safety of our members, staff and equipment is our first priority. We’re glad to be back in action and riding again. Just two months until spring!