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Rolling with us? Invite a Friend



With all the transportation disruption happening in our area this summer, Capital Bikeshare has become a go-to option for getting around on the fly. As a member, you know how easy it is to check out a bike and roll out to your next destination, as well as the comfort of knowing that you don’t have to worry about the bike once you get there.

REI Helps Members and Guests Unite Outside



We’ve had a couple of weeks to recover from an amazing weekend with our friends at REI and their #UnitedOutside Campaign. Over 7,500 people signed up for a free 24-Hour membership courtesy of REI, our outdoor-loving partners, in celebration of their forthcoming flagship store in NoMa that will be opening in late October. It was a big part of a huge outdoor weekend that celebrated the bonds we form when we play outside together.

Tell Your Friends: Get Involved in the REI Free Weekend

Get Involved in REI's Free Weekend



You’ve heard the news, so now it’s time to mark your calendars. Capital Bikeshare and REI have partnered to offer FREE 24-hour memberships — our first free ride weekend — on July 16 and 17!

Preparing for the grand opening of their DC flagship store, REI’s Free Weekend (brilliantly!) connects the joys of being “United Outside” with biking and is using Capital Bikeshare to get our community together for a ride. As a Capital Bikeshare member yourself, we encourage you to spread the word! Remind your friends and family what you already know — a bike is not only a convenient way to get around, it’s really fun too.

Thanks to REI, it’s easy for your peeps to participate. Upon signing up, they’ll receive a unique code for a FREE 24-hour access pass. Then, they just show up on July 16-17 at their nearest Capital Bikeshare station with the code in hand. Simple, right? And, don’t forget, free!*

Invite a friend here.

*Usage fees still apply to all trips over 30 minutes. But take as many free 30-minute rides as you like with your 24-hour access pass.

REI is celebrating all summer long with 100 days of outdoor recess gearing up their flagship store opening this fall. For a menu of activities, visit UnitedOutside.com. A special Capital Bikeshare corral service at select locations will also be available to get you and friends to REI’s Free Weekend festivities.

Help Us Grow the Community Partners Program



Capital Bikeshare and select jurisdictions proudly announced the Community Partners Program this spring. We’re aiming to help increase access to the Capital Bikeshare system for those receiving needs-based services in our area. Since our April launch, we’ve enrolled a number of wonderful nonprofits and local government agencies, enabling them to connect dozens of their clients with $5 Capital Bikeshare Annual Memberships. Now, we’re growing the program even further!

With amazing members, like you, who give back to their communities as volunteers, program staff or even board members at nonprofit service organizations, we would love to connect your organization with our Community Partners Program. If your organization provides low-income and under-served communities with needs-based services in Arlington County and the District of Columbia, consider adding a $5 Capital Bikeshare Annual Membership to your suite of transportation options for clients. Connect with us on social media or email us at marketing@capitalbikeshare.com to get the conversation started.

See a Lost Bikeshare Bike? Tell us!

Have you ever spotted an abandoned Bikeshare bike? No, we’re not talking about the tourists that leave their bikes outside the memorials. We’re thinking of the bikes that appear to be lost or disoriented, left in alleyways or behind buildings.

We occasionally hear reports of bikes that are lost and looking for a dock to call home that are spotted around the region. If you see a Bikeshare bike that has been in the same spot unattended, for hours or days or has been left outside of our service area (DC, Arlington, Alexandria or Montgomery County), let us know!

Report abandoned bikes to the Customer Service call center by calling 1-800-430-BIKE (2453) or by email at customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com with the location, date, time and description of the bike. A photo always helps, as well. Our staff will come to collect the bike and perform a safety check before returning the bike to the fleet. 

Bike to Work Day is Back



The #MetroShutdown was a great test run but now the big day is upon us. Show your support for bicycle commuting all over the Washington metro area at Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20th.

BTWD is a great day to try commuting to work if you’re a first time rider by tagging along with friends and coworkers or by joining other riders in your area in a Commuter Convoy. The day is marked with over 80 pit stops located in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Each pit stop will have free food, beverages and giveaways.

Register for a pit stop near your home, office or transit mode to receive a free t-shirt, get access to great giveaways and be entered into a region wide bike raffle. T-shirts are limited to the first 15,000 registrants, so sign up today at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.

Increasing Access to Capital Bikeshare



The Capital Bikeshare Community Partners Program has launched! On April 13, District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo announced the new program for non-profits, government agencies and social services organizations to offer low-cost memberships to the communities they serve. These organizations can provide individuals receiving need-based services with an annual membership for $5, along with a helmet and training on how to use the system. The Community Partners program joins Montgomery County's MCLIBerty program and our partnership with Bank on DC to greatly expand access to the Capital Bikeshare system across the region.



Get all the details here.

May is National Bike Month


Image courtesy League of American Bicyclists

That’s right – May is dedicated to your two-wheeled companion! There’s so much to do to be a part of National Bike Month, from rides to special events to celebrations of all things bicycle related. The weather in May is perfect for enjoying some time on two wheels, and we’ve got all the events you need to know about, including Bike Night at RFK Stadium with DC United, DC Bike Ride and the Tour de Fat. Check out the full list right here.

Fast Bites, Fast Bikes Returns for RAMMYS 2016



Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington is gearing up for its annual awards gala, and we’re back with another round of fun! The RAMMYS honor the area’s best restaurants, chefs, mixologists, restaurant owners and employees. “Favorite Fast Bites” is a competitive category for the 2016 RAMMY Awards, and we want to help you get to all of them to see why they are the best of the best. Check out the great RAMMYS Fast Bites, Fast Bikes offers available from Monday, April 11, to Thursday, April 14!

A Capital Bikeshare Commute for the Ages

It was a beautiful day for bikesharing in the nation’s capital three Wednesdays ago. The weather was perfect, corral service was ready downtown and thousands of area commuters tried Capital Bikeshare for the first time.





The announcement of Metrorail’s emergency closure on the evening of March 15 sent our region into quite the stir as residents and visitors tried to imagine a busy weekday without the transportation backbone of our region. Though our 3,100 bikes certainly can’t replace the 700,000+ daily trips taken on Metrorail every weekday, we decided to do our part to help the region get around by offering free 24-hour memberships at all 370 stations.



What happened next was something to behold. check out all the numbers here.

Peak Blossom Pedaling with #bikeinbloom



Photos courtesy of @jenn_wurz



It’s been almost two weeks and one peak blossom bonanza – have you spotted the #bikeinbloom? Our pink pedaler has been out and about for the duration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and has been spotted over 100 times! That’s more than 100 entries into our #bikeinbloom scavenger hunt, where you can be featured on our #bikeinbloom Dashboard and take home one of the incredible giveaways from our partners. Check it out here!

Spring Corral Service



Morning DC Commute Corrals are not the only opportunity for unlimited docking. We’re running corrals at some popular events in April.

Ready, Set, Find the #bikeinbloom




Yep – it’s that time of year again! We are so excited to celebrate the arrival of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival by putting the #bikeinbloom back into the system. Our pink petal pedaller is now available for you to ride – time to be on the lookout for that one pink bike once again!

Destination: Columbia Pike



Now that spring is truly right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about where to ride when pleasant weather returns. This month, we’re highlighting the many destinations along Columbia Pike in Arlington! Whether you’re looking for food and entertainment options, late night meals or community activities, the Pike has a lot to offer - all conveniently located near Capital Bikeshare stations and just off the W&OD Trail.

Capital Bikeshare Rolling Out in Fairfax




Photo Courtesy @transitmatt284 on Twitter


It’s official: Capital Bikeshare is coming to Fairfax County in 2016! The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to bring Capital Bikeshare stations to two major areas of the county this year that will increase the number of travel options for residents and commuters. Bikeshare is going to become an important part of Fairfax County’s efforts to promote bicycling and walking in the region, and helps support the county’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success.

Where will we land? Check it out.

The #bikeinbloom's Blossoms are Back

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: the Capital #bikeinbloom is back for its third campaign to take over the National Cherry Blossom Festival! It’s almost time for a real sign of spring as our one pretty pink pedaler returns to the fleet to brighten your Bikeshare riding. Last year, more than 300 people took rides on the #bikeinbloom and posted pictures to prove it. Now, we’re ready to bring it back to the Tidal Basin and beyond.


And yes, the scavenger hunt is back, too! We’ll have more information about prizes for you as we get closer to launch on March 20, but the game remains the same: spot the #bikeinbloom in the wild, snap a picture, post it to the social media network of your choice and tag your photo with the #bikeinbloom hashtag; then, you’re automatically entered to win some great prizes from our partners around the region. Stay tuned to Capital Bikeshare on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest details.

Where's that Bikeshare, Round 3

Ready for another round of intrigue and mystery? That’s right, we’re back with another game of “Where’s that Bikeshare” with our friends from Greater Greater Washington. Test your visual knowledge of all 367(!!!) stations by playing our quiz.


Get Ready for Visitors with Capital Bikeshare

Despite the record snowfall in January, spring is just around the corner. If you or your organization works with visitors to the Nation’s Capital and its surroundings, consider Capital Bikeshare bulk passes!

Sharing CaBi Safety Tips

You use Capital Bikeshare for all kinds of reasons: to get around, for fitness, to explore new neighborhoods or see the sights. We’re proud of our members for being generally a safe, respectful bunch, and use good sense when travelling on two wheels. Here are some helpful safety suggestions to remind you what to do if you come across a sticky situation.

DC Bike Ride Is Coming

Clear your calendars on May 22, 2016 – the DC Bike Ride will close the streets to vehicles and make way for a community event unlike anything DC has seen in a while. Cruise the city at your own pace on 17 miles of car-free streets. Just you, two wheels, and some of the most iconic sights in the world. It will be the perfect day for a bike ride, planned just for you.

While we don’t recommend you take a Capital Bikeshare bike for this ride, you can save $10 discount on your registration fee if you act fast. Register before March 1 for the early bird rate and save before prices go up. Head to dcbikeride.com and join the ride today. Are you ready? 

Shoveling Out from #snowzilla


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!

 

Do You Know About DC's Commuter Transit Ordinance?

Are you a DC commuter? Do you use your Capital Bikeshare membership to access rail or bus, or get to the office from the train station? Make your transportation dollars work harder for you.






As of January 1, 2016, employers with 20 or more employees in the District are required to offer a commuter transit benefit. Our friends at goDCgo are ready to support your organizations in complying with DC’s new Commuter Benefits Ordinance and making sustainable transportation easy for employees like you. Ask your HR Benefits Manager for your transit benefit and share these resources with them today.

Meet 2015's Busiest Bike

We’ve had a great time following the exploits of 2014’s busiest bike, W20167. From its rise to fame in a blog post about how much people use Bikeshare bikes to its stylish debut at the 5th Birthday Bike-In Movie, W20167 has had a busy year! Clothed in its yellow duds, the #busybike has been out riding with its adoring public. Now that it’s 2016, it’s time for us to announce the 2015 #busybike and celebrate a new bike’s title and trip history.

2015 #busybike stickers

Who will wear the crown… er, stickers?



Meet W21852: 2015’s busiest Bikeshare bike!

Corporate Memberships Make for Happy Company

With the DC Commuter Benefits Ordinance going into effect this month, many DC employers are thinking differently about how their employees get to work. This past spring, local interactive agency Threespot signed on as a “Gold-level” Capital Bikeshare corporate member. Our friends at goDCgo helped facilitate their corporate membership and recently checked in with Threespot’s founder, Bill Barbot, to get a glimpse of how he and his employees have been enjoying their Bikeshare benefit.







Interested in learning more about Capital Bikeshare corporate memberships for your organization? Simply visit our Partners Page here to contact a representative in your jurisdiction.

Station Domination: Our Top-10 Stations of 2015



We know, another “Top 10 List” right around the New Year. It’s a bit played out. But this list isn’t about resolutions or to-do’s, it’s about what you, our members, did with Capital Bikeshare in 2015. We celebrated our busiest year yet, with over 3.2 million trips. We couldn’t have done it without you so consider this list a celebration of a great year and a promise to make 2016 even better.

Be the Best Boss Ever with Corporate Membership

Suit up with Capital Bikeshare
Want to be the best boss ever? Consider signing up your organization for a Capital Bikeshare Corporate Membership. There are more than 120 area businesses that offer subsidized Capital Bikeshare memberships to their employees and your company or agency can be one, too. 

 



Learn more here, or visit our Partners page to see the area organizations that know how to roll.

Take Two Wheels to Two Skates

There’s plenty of outdoor activity to enjoy even as the temperatures start to drop. One of the best ways to celebrate winter in the region is to head out to a skating destination and use your bicycle-tested balance to glide gracefully across the frozen rink.



Photo credit: @meganerdruns on Twitter

The DC Metro area offers six outdoor skating venues, with rinks in Rockville, Silver Spring, Pentagon City, Georgetown, the National Mall and Navy Yard. You can choose from a wide variety of scenery to enjoy.

The best part? You can get to all six rinks with your Capital Bikeshare membership. Each of these rinks are within two blocks of a station—just dock your bike and lace up your skates! 

Give the Gift of Bikesharing

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your friends or family? How about one that lets them enjoy neighborhood parks, businesses and attractions as they pedal to and fro? Would they enjoy a bike that lets them dock and go once they arrive at their destination? How about access to 3,000+ bikes at more than 350 stations for unlimited trips?

Give the gift of bikesharing

A Capital Bikeshare annual membership makes a great gift for anyone who likes to move in and around the District, Arlington, Alexandria and Montgomery County on two wheels. Use it to explore new neighborhoods, get to work, take advantage of awesome deals from our Member Benefits partners and show your out-of-town friends around the sights. This unbeatable access is only $85 for 365 days of trips under 30 minutes.

So give the gift of fresh air, exploration, connection and convenience. Visit our store to buy a gift certificate today.

CaBi Hack Night Showcases System Data at Work

Photo Credit: MV Jantzen / Mobility LabThe Transportation Techies meet-up group held their fourth “CaBi Hack Night” event at the brand new 1776 facility in Crystal City on Monday, October 19. Transportation data enthusiasts, animators and Bikeshare fans assembled to see a full slate of presentations from their peers on everything from the #busybike to rebalancing. The event was featured in a Washington Post story here. These projects are made possible by our system data, available to the public here.

Time to Shine - Cycling After Daylight Savings Time

With Daylight Savings Time ending last weekend, darkness will fall earlier each day. But fear not, our bikes come equipped with front and rear lights that turn on as soon as you start rolling.

Here are some other ways to stay as bright and visible as possible after dark, from our friends at goDCgo and BikeArlington:

Spinning Wrenches

From L-R: Back row – Bryan, Lane, Ernest, Shawn, Pete & Donald; Front row – Dominic & George; Not pictured – James, Brendan, Robbie and Todd.

Above the soulful crooning of a Sam Cooke track, there is the industrial rat-a-tat-tat of a powerful drill punching through metal. No one in the Capital Bikeshare service department bats an eye as staff mechanic Dominic installs a “Frankenstein” safety bolt into the red frame of a bicycle. “It takes a lot to get a bike in here, so while we have it, we do the best we can to address any possible problems with the bike,” says Shawn Smith, the service manager for the 12 mechanics and the 3,100 bikes they keep in good condition. “With the right attention, quality labor and good replacement parts these bikes can go for years.”

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Birthday Bash Marks Five Years of Fun






Capital Bikeshare celebrated five years of operation in the metro DC region last month with a Bike-In Movie at Yards Park in Southeast DC. So many of our members and friends came out on a glorious evening for a screening of “Breaking Away.” Thank you to all who joined us to watch the movie, met our Superlative Award winners, took advantage of great deals from our partners, used valet bike parking for your bike or your Bikeshare ride and received fun 5th Birthday goodies. Our recap of the celebration is on Storify - check it out. Here’s to the next five years!

Expansion Science

We’ve learned a lot about how our members use Capital Bikeshare after five years and more than 11 million trips. You use Capital Bikeshare to commute, socialize, exercise and seem to have a pretty good time doing it. Now that we’re getting ready to expand again, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and local transportation planning firm Foursquare ITP dove into the data to identify the best locations for new stations to reach the system’s goals.


Where's that Bikeshare? Vol. 2

To celebrate our 5th birthday, we’re back with another round of “Where’s that Bikeshare?” Test your knowledge of all 356 stations by playing our quiz (now cross-posted at Greater Greater Washington.)



Here are the rules:

  1. Follow the link to view the image clues.
  2. Identify each of the stations in question based on the image.

From Bikeshare to Bike There

There are countless stories about our familiar red bikes and the 10.8 million trips they have taken. Last month, we asked for yours – how Capital Bikeshare rekindled that feeling you had the first time you took a ride on two wheels – and received some really great stories to share.

Go #teambike for Car Free Day




It’s always a pleasure to take a bike from a Capital Bikeshare station and enjoy the ride to your destination rather than sit in traffic. Share that enjoyable experience on September 22 for International Car Free Day in Metro DC. Join one of six teams and show how easy it is to get around our area sustainably and efficiently. When you take the pledge (and, ahem, join #teambike) you are eligible to win some great prizes, like one of five Capital Bikeshare annual membership certificates, restaurant gift cards and more!

It's Party Time - Celebrate our 5th Birthday with Us!

Can you believe it? Capital Bikeshare is turning 5 on September 20! We’ve planned a whole week of festivities around the region with events in DC, Arlington, Alexandria and Montgomery County to share the excitement with our members. To top it off, we’re throwing a big party on Saturday, September 19 – a Bike-In Movie!



The Bike-In Movie is open to the public, so don’t worry about a ticket. Simply RSVP here.

There’s more than just a movie too – check out our whole week of activities below and celebrate with us!

We're Turning Five - Be There With Bells On

Can you believe it? Capital Bikeshare is approaching its 5th birthday. We’re planning celebrations in all four jurisdictions to thank you for helping us as we grow up. Prepare your party helmets and bells for the week of September 14-20 and look for more event details in the coming weeks. You don’t want to miss this!

Beat The Heat By Bike

Though we’ve had a number of pleasant days this summer, it can still get HOT out there! We’d like to take this time to remind you to save yourself the sweat with these great Hot Weather Biking Tips from our friends at goDCgo and BikeArlington. With the right clothing, bag and a good strategy, biking can be just the breeze you were looking for on a hot day.

Foreign Tourist - A BIXI Bikeshare Story

The DC Metro area loves to head north for summer vacation to escape the heat and humidity. We know many members travel to Montreal in search of culture and cooler weather based on several reports we’ve received about a rogue Capital Bikeshare bike roaming its streets. What’s the story here? Some kind of study-abroad program for Bikeshare bikes? We asked our friends at the BIXI Montreal system to get to the bottom of this great international Bikeshare mystery.


Destination: Brookland





Sometimes called Little Rome for the multitude of nearby catholic institutions, the DC neighborhood of Brookland is known for its neighborhood feel centered around a small-town style main street. It is located north of Rhode Island Ave, west of South Dakota Ave, south of Michigan Ave and underneath giant letters that are technically not in the neighborhood. With its central hub on 12th Street surrounded by some stunning church architecture, Brookland makes a great weekend riding destination. Escape the summer heat where many US Presidents used to and head out to see the lesser-seen sights.

Destination: Crystal City

Long Bridge Park in Crystal City, Arlington VA

Often regarded as an annex of the Pentagon, Crystal City is home to much more than just office buildings. With new parks, trail access, great restaurants and a burgeoning social scene, it is fast becoming a place to be beyond the nine to five. Crystal City was also home to the original Arlington deployment of Capital Bikeshare stations, making the neighborhood an early adopter of bikesharing in the United States.
Check out some fun Crystal City destinations this July and see what’s going on here!

It's Time to Play "Where's That Bikeshare?"

UPDATE: The solutions to this edition have been posted at the bottom of the article. Thanks for playing!

In nearly five years of operation, the Capital Bikeshare system has grown significantly, taking its place in the landscape of our region. But how familiar are you with the current 353 stations in the system? Inspired by our friends at Greater Greater Washington, we’re introducing an occasional social media quiz to test your knowledge of the stations. Welcome to “Where’s That Bikeshare?”

Just One in 10 Million

Last month, Natalie B’s quick ride home became much more than her usual commute. Her short jaunt from 14th St & D St NW / Reagan Building to 8th & D St. NW turned out to be the 10 millionth trip taken on Capital Bikeshare. To celebrate such a momentous feat, we tracked her down, asked her some questions and hooked her up with this sweet Capital Bikeshare messenger/pannier bag made by Timbuk2!

10 Million Trips and Counting!

We can hardly believe it, but the numbers don’t lie. On June 4, 2015, a bike taken out by a founding member from September 2010 traveled from 14th St & D St NW / Reagan Building to 8th St & D St NW to become the 10 millionth trip taken on Capital Bikeshare. Accomplished with a fleet of just over 3,000 bikes, our members have shown that bicycling can get you where you need to go all over this region. Thank you for giving us 10 million reasons to do what we do.

Share a picture of one of your favorite Capital Bikeshare rides or trips on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CaBi10Mil by June 14th (10 days from now, see?). We’ll choose 10 of our faves to win an annual membership certificate in celebration. We can’t wait to see where the next 10 million rides will go.

Working Hard on #BTWDC 2015

May 15 marked yet another successful Bike to Work Day in the metro DC region. With more than 17,500 riders registered at 79 pit stops across Virginia, Maryland and DC, this was the most-attended BTWD ever! It was a good day for bike sharing too, as Capital Bikeshare users took 13,583 trips to make BTWD 2015 our busiest Friday of all time.

With 3 downtown corrals, including our new Corral Service locations, we were ready for the rush. Many pit stops also handed out Capital Bikeshare swag, and many lucky people who frequented the pit stops took home socks, seat covers and more. See some of the fun here. 

Rush Hour Round-Ups Exceed Expectations

st St & I St NW or 13th St & New York Ave NW are now greeted with a set of open docks and a large “corral” of available bikes.

Early results are in, and Corral Service has been well-received from Day 1! To date, we have docked over xxx bikes in the two corrals, averaging 33 per day at 21st & I and 72 per day at 13th & New York Ave.

Corral Service will continue through September with the possibility for additional service based on demand.

Bikeshare Fights Poverty Abroad

Being a Bikeshare bike is a tough job. You live outside 24/7, ride through all kinds of weather and are always on the move. Fortunately, there is a team of crack mechanics and bike techs who work to keep you up and running smoothly. But what happens to the old parts that come and go during a bike’s service life?

While these worn tires, used inner tubes, sticky brake levers, replaced pedals, cracked or damaged saddles and other bicycle components might not be of further use to the familiar red fleet we know and love, they are far from finished. Many of the components that come off bikes in the Capital Bikeshare bike spa are donated by our operations team to area non-profit Bikes for the World (BftW) and added to their shipments of donated used bicycles that are sent to one of their partner organizations across the globe.

Check out what parts go where after the break.

Destination: Rockville

Head north into Montgomery County via the Red Line or the Bethesda Trolley Trail and you’ll find a Bikeshare oasis in Rockville. With 21 stations in and around the area connecting transit to work and play, there is plenty to do with your Bikeshare membership. We’ve created a list of things to do and see when you explore Rockville’s comfortable neighborhood streets and downtown avenues, as well as its parks and trails. Check it out here.

April 2015 Expansion Update

Just in time for spring, Capital Bikeshare continues to expand! We added two new stations last month, expanded two stations and temporarily located another for upcoming construction. The system-wide station count is now 351!

DC

  • 11th St. & S St. NW, New, 23 Docks
  • Wisconsin Ave NW & Newark St. NW, Relocated from MPD 2nd District Plaza, 19 Docks

Arlington

  • Army Navy Dr. & S. Nash St, New, 15 Docks
  • N Quincy St. & Wilson Blvd, Expanded, Now 15 Docks

Montgomery County

  • Monroe St. & Monroe Pl., temporarily relocated, moved to James Monroe Park, 15 docks

Have a great idea for a station location? Be sure to suggest it on the Capital Bikeshare Crowdsourcing Map. Your suggestions often become our next popular location.

 

Fast Bites, Fast Bikes for 2015 RAMMY Awards

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is gearing up for its annual awards gala, and we couldn’t resist getting in on the fun! The RAMMYS honor the area’s best restaurants, chefs, mixologists, restaurant owners and employees. “Favorite Fast Bites” is a competitive category for the 2015 RAMMY Awards, and we want to help you get to all of them to see why they are the best of the best. Check out the great RAMMYS Fast Bites, Fast Bikes offers available from Monday, May 11, to Friday, May 15!

During the Week of May 11-15, visit:



Cava Grill – Bethesda Row

  • Free house made juice with purchase when you show your Bikeshare fob

G by Mike Isabella

  • Add the “brown bag lunch” (chips and a fountain drink) FREE with the purchase of a sandwich when you show your Bikeshare fob

 Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – Friendship Heights

  • A free small salad with purchase of a small pie when you show your Bikeshare fob
  • A free large salad with purchase of a large pie when you show your Bikeshare fob

Red Apron – Union Market

  • Get the signature beef fat fries for the discounted price of $2 when you show your Bikeshare fob

 

Get out there and see what the best fast-casual restaurants in our area have to offer. Your Bikeshare membership will get you there and save you some money!

 

We're "Honor"ed - Now Help Us Celebrate!

The National Building Museum (NBM) is honoring Capital Bikeshare at their annual gala and we would like for you to be part of the fun! Join us for the gala after-party May 27 from 8:30pm to midnight on the grounds of the NBM as we celebrate receiving the Honor Award in style!

Capital Bikeshare members save $25 off the price of a ticket to the after-party, so bring your friends for an incredible evening. Live music by the VIPs, open bar, lawn games, photo booth and dancing until midnight. The theme is fun and the attire is garden party. Dress up and help support a good cause.

All proceeds raised by the annual gala and the after party help support the innovative education programs of the NBM, the nation’s only cultural institution that celebrates all of the building arts and sciences.

Buy your tickets here.



 

Destination: Del Ray

After many requests and a lot of interest, three Capital Bikeshare stations arrived in the Del Ray neighborhood of the City of Alexandria last summer. Incorporated as the town of Potomac in 1908, Del Ray is best known for the eclectic mix of small businesses and restaurants that line Mount Vernon Avenue There are over a hundred businesses on the seven block span where our stations are located.  To welcome one of the newest neighborhoods to the Capital Bikeshare community, we thought a nice tour of the neighborhood was in order. Take a ride over from the station at the Braddock Road Metro (or further, if you like) and check out the place “where Main Street still exists.

Tour de Farmers Market

There are all kinds of places to go with your Capital Bikeshare membership in the DC Metro region. Since bicycling is one of the healthiest forms of transportation, why not double down on green and healthy this spring and enjoy a ride to one of the many farmers markets in our area?

We’ve listed just a few of the great market destinations that are right next to Capital Bikeshare stations in your community. Head over and enjoy some of the locally-grown, locally-made or seasonal specialties on offer.

Cycle With Class - Learn from WABA

If you’re gearing up for Bike to Work Day on May 15, or just shifting into spring riding as the temperatures get warmer, check out the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) great lineup of May classes and rides. Whether you are looking for a refresher course in safe city cycling techniques or simply want to explore your community on one of their rides, WABA has a range of options for you to get more comfortable and confident riding your bike.

Rides in Maryland Sponsored by Montgomery County DOT/Commuter Services

Rides In Virginia Sponsored by BikeArlington and City of Alexandria

Our friends at WABA also want to remind you that Capital Bikeshare members can register for FREE for any of these events with the discount code capital-bikeshare-CCC, and your usage fees are covered for any of their classes or rides in which you use a Bikeshare bike. No excuses, get out there and ride!

 

Pick Your Pit Stop Party at Bike to Work Day 2015

May is here and beautiful spring weather is rolling in! We’re excited to see the sun out and the temperatures up, because that means it will be Bike to Work Day 2015 soon. This year, 79 pit stops will open to an anticipated 14,000+ participants on Friday, May 15 for conversation, coffee, prizes and more with friends, sponsors and organizations across the region.


Want to get in on the fun? Register for one of these great pit stops near your home or office and receive a free T-shirt! Whether you use Capital Bikeshare or your own bike to get to work, registering for Bike to Work Day demonstrates your support for all the bike commuters across the region. Help show those around you how easy it is to hop off the fence and on to the saddle.

Bike to Work Day always results in the system being busier than normal, so we’ll have a bike corral at the 14th & D St. NW / Ronald Reagan Building station to make sure there is ample space to return your bike; the corral is close to the Freedom Plaza pit stop, as well. Use this staffed station to make sure you find a dock when you need one. Keep your station options open as you set off for your pit stop, and check Spotcycle frequently to receive up-to-the-minute status on availability.

Remember that Bike to Work Day will bring a lot of bike-commuting newcomers to our trails, streets and Bikeshare bikes. Be friendly, alert and helpful to those who are just getting started and offer a welcoming wave when you see them!

If you’re fairly new to two wheels, check out WABA’s City Cycling classes, sponsored by our participating jurisdictions! We also have some savvy cycling tips from our friends at goDCgo and BikeArlington that will help you navigate your way to work on May 15.

 

Destination: Anacostia

The first annual Anacostia River Festival is coming to Anacostia Park on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and we are excited to be a part of the fun. This free event hosted by the 11th St. Bridge Park, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Park Service will celebrate the natural world of the Anacostia River: its ecology, its history and the communities along the river’s banks. Activities include paddling lessons, fishing workshops, arts and crafts, a live birds of prey demonstration, a bike parade featuring the #bikeinbloom and much more!



To get ready, we’re taking you on a tour of downtown Anacostia and showing you some of the great destinations you can access by Capital Bikeshare in this historic riverside community. Go on an adventure and come say “hi” to us at the Festival.

The System in (re)Balance

The phones at the Capital Bikeshare Rebalancing Dispatcher’s chair are silent, and that’s a good thing. “When the drivers are busy and the dispatcher is keeping them busy, they don’t have time to call and ask what’s next,” says Rebalancing Manager TC Clemons. “David, the morning shift dispatcher, is keeping them moving.” TC reminds David to “feed the beast,” then David puts an order into the system, directing a rebalancing van to drop off bikes at T St & New Hampshire Ave NW. “We call it the beast” TC jokes, “because that station is insatiable. As soon as you fill it up, the bikes are gone.”


Rebalancing, or moving bikes from full stations to empty stations within the Capital Bikeshare system, is a full-time job for the 20 van drivers and four dispatchers on TC’s team. They work two shifts and 20 hours a day, moving an average of 2,600 bikes every weekday during peak season. Each individual van can hold up to 25 bikes, and each rebalancer averages 160 bikes moved per shift. Erik, the current record holder for most bikes moved in one 8-hour shift, once rebalanced 205 bikes by himself! It takes approximately 45 minutes for a van to fill up from various stations and unload where bikes are needed, so moving 150+ bikes a shift is no small feat.

For more on how rebalancing works, and what our operations team does to make it happen, click through here.

The #bikeinbloom is back, and you can win!

The #bikeinbloom is back!

It’s back! We are so excited to celebrate the arrival of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival by putting the #bikeinbloom back into the system. Our pink petal pedaller is now available for you to ride – it’s time to be on the lookout for that one pink bike once again!

When you spot the #bikeinbloom, whether it’s at a dock, on a ride or taking you for a spin, snap a picture. Post your photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #bikeinbloom, and you’ll be entered to win great prizes from our friends and partners all over the DC area.

We’re excited to thank all of our awesome partners for providing more than 50 fabulous prizes like:

We’re also throwing in a couple of great Capital Bikeshare bags from GiveLoveCycle and four annual memberships to Capital Bikeshare.

Now go find that #bikeinbloom!

Click here for official rules.

"Las Bicicletas" Rides into DC

Las Bicicletas is a one of a kind art project to raise awareness about the positive impact bicycles can have on the environment and our health. Created by the Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Las Bicicletas comprises bicycle sculptures in black, white, red and orange; colors that were used by the Mayans to symbolize the four cardinal points. They took their first stroll in Mexico in 2008 and now are here in Washington, DC for the month of March. The sculptures are a visual exhibit to demonstrate that there are alternative methods of transportation that help ease the excess use of automobiles in modern cities.

Through March 31st, the 80 bicycle sculptures will be installed in the Ronald Reagan Plaza for the public to enjoy. Don’t miss it!

Join or Renew Your Membership and Lock in Current Rates

With the official announcement of our price changes, we want to make sure that everyone who would like to join Capital Bikeshare at the current rates is able to do so before the new prices become effective on May 1. If you are considering becoming an annual member, join by April 30, 2015, and pay the current $75 rate.

If you are currently a member, don’t worry - we have you covered. All of our existing members are able to renew their membership for an additional year, no matter when you last renewed. Lock in your current rate now for an additional year anytime between now and April 30 when you renew through your online account login.

The Pink Pedaler Makes Its Spring Return

We are excited to bring back our pretty pink pedaler for the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival! That’s right – the #bikeinbloom is back. After yet another snowy, sloppy winter, won’t it be nice to get a real sign of spring? The Festival is almost here, and the #bikeinbloom is ready to blossom for the second straight year.

Last year, more than 200 of you took a ride on the one pink #bikeinbloom and captured pictures to prove it. Now, it’s ready to return to the Tidal Basin and beyond. What about a contest? We’ll have more information about prizes and other goodies for you as we get closer to launch on March 20, but the game remains mostly unchanged. Spot the #bikeinbloom in the wild, snap a picture, post it to the social media network of your choice and tag your photo with the #bikeinbloom hashtag; then, you’re automatically entered to win some great prizes from our partners around the region. Stay tuned to Capital Bikeshare on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details.

To make your Cherry Blossom Bikeshare experience even better, we’re excited to once again be offering bike corrals on weekends during the Festival, at the Ohio Drive SW & West Basin Dr. SW / FDR & MLK Memorials station. Corrals allow for unlimited Bikeshare parking spaces during staffed hours, from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival. Enjoy peak bloom by bike and forget about parking worries!

Send Your Pricing Comments By Feb. 15

We Want Your Input!

Didn’t get a chance to attend the Open House but want to add your input on the proposed membership rate changes? Send an email with your comments to pricing@capitalbikeshare.com. We will be accepting comments until February 15, 2015.

Wrapping Up the Open House



We had a great time meeting and talking with many of you on January 28, when we held the Capital Bikeshare Open House at MLK Jr. Memorial Library in downtown DC. More than 60 of you brought your questions, concerns and best Bikeshare trivia answers to the event! You chatted with representatives from all four of the jurisdictions that manage the Capital Bikeshare program, as well as operations and marketing staff. Check out our complete event wrap up on Storify. Thanks again for coming out to say hello!

Skating, Cinema and Cocoa By Bikeshare

Don’t let winter’s chill stop you from getting out and enjoying the season. There are plenty of things to do in the District, Arlington, Alexandria and Montgomery County during the colder months, and you can warm up with a quick Bikeshare ride to get to all of them! Bundle up and head out to a skating rink, the movies, or a coffee shop to enjoy some of the simple pleasures of the season. Check out some great skating, sipping and viewing opportunities that are all easily accessible by Capital Bikeshare in the full article!

Save the Date for Capital Bikeshare's Open House

You’re invited to be part of the conversation that will shape Capital Bikeshare’s future. Join representatives from all four jurisdictions that own the system at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW for the Capital Bikeshare Open House on Wednesday, January 28 from 6pm - 8pm. The Open House will feature conversations on price changes, future expansion, rider policy and more. We’ll also have a trivia table, with fun factoids on display from the 4+ years of Capital Bikeshare and other notable information. Click on the full article for the complete details.

2014's Busiest Station

It’s no secret that there were a whole lot of Capital Bikeshare trips in 2014. Over the last month, we shared several visualizations of trip data from July – September 2014 on our Facebook page. Each of these videos, created by Michael Schade of Mobility Lab, showed the combined arrivals and departures from three of our busiest months in one 24-hour cycle. We specifically highlighted the three busiest stations in the entire system - Lincoln Memorial, Union Station and Dupont Circle - to showcase our trip data and promised to award the title of 2014’s “Busiest Capital Bikeshare Station” today. Without further ado, we present you the top three for 2014’s award:

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.

September 2014 Expansion Update

We added a new station in Montgomery County, near Takoma Park this month, bringing our system-wide total to 337 stations.

  • Flower Ave & Division St., New, 15 docks.
  • We’re always looking for the next great station location. Be sure to add your suggestions and vote for your favorites on our Crowd-Sourcing Map. We use your input to make decisions about the future of Capital Bikeshare!

    How to Install a Capital Bikeshare Station, in a Few Easy Steps

    We are so excited about our expansion this fall, with new stations in Alexandria, Arlington, Montgomery County and soon in DC.
    Installing a Station
    With all of this expansion action, we thought it would be fun to show our members just what goes into choosing a place and installing a new Capital Bikeshare station. It takes a lot of work from a number of people to make it happen, but with over 8 million rides in our four years, we know we have plenty of fans out there waiting for more stations and new destinations to ride towards. Click on the jump to get the step-by-step guide to installing a functional, well-lit Capital Bikeshare station!

    Capital Bikeshare Bike Corrals for Nationals Playoff Games

    Corrals for all Nats Home Playoff GamesThe Washington Nationals are headed to the Major League Baseball playoffs this week, and what better way to get to the ball park than by bike! There’s nothing like cruising through the cool autumn air for some exciting October baseball in the District, and we’re going to make sure you can get right to the game when you arrive.

    Capital Bikeshare will be hosting a bike corral at the 1st St and N St SE station during every Nationals home playoff game this season, which means you won’t need to worry about finding a dock! Corrals will open 1 hour before the games start, and will close 30 minutes after the game ends. Bike to the ballpark to celebrate an incredible season for the Nats and root for them as they play for the World Series!

    Capital Bikeshare offering 24 hour memberships for $1 on Car Free Day

    We love being one of the many ways to get around the DC metro area without a car, so we thought we’d help celebrate Car Free Day 2014 by offering 24-hour membership for just $1!
    Capital Bikeshare Dollar Day!
    You heard right – on Monday, September 22, from 12am until 11:59pm, you can get a 24 hour membership, good for unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less for just $1. Simply head to your nearest Capital Bikeshare station, where the 24-hour membership, regularly $7, will be available for $1. The usual terms and conditions apply, but access to thousands of bikes and hundreds of stations for 24 hours will cost you just a buck.

    Take the Car Free Day pledge for free at www.carfreemetrodc.org, be entered to win GREAT prizes, and head to a station on Monday, September 22 for your 24-hour membership for just $1.

    August 2014 Expansion Update

    We’re so happy to have some expansion news to share this month, with more docks at a popular DC station, a new dock near Metro in Arlington and 8 new stations in Alexandria! We’re now up to 336 stations system-wide, with desirable destinations everywhere you look!


    DC:

  • 12th St & U St NW, relocated from 13th St & U St NW,  expanded to 31 docks

  • Arlington:

  • Courthouse Metro / 15th St & N. Uhle St, new, 21 docks

  • Alexandria:

  • Eisenhower Ave at Mill Race Ln
  • Ballenger Ave at Dulany St
  • Duke St at John Carlyle St
  • Mount Vernon Ave at E Nelson Ave
  • Mount Vernon Ave at E Del Ray Ave
  • Mount Vernon Ave at Kennedy Street
  • Monroe Ave at Leslie Avenue
  • Potomac Greens Dr at Slater’s Ln
  • The District Department of Transportation blog also has more information on 10 upcoming station installations, and an update on the progress of further expansion. We’re glad to have more expansion on the horizon, and hope to see the resolution of supplier issues and more stations everywhere you look very soon.

    Expansion Update - Alexandria

    Capital Bikeshare Expands in Alexandria

    During the week of August 18, the City of Alexandria doubled their station count by adding eight new Capital Bikeshare stations in the Del Ray and Carlyle neighborhoods. These stations include:

    * Eisenhower Ave & Mill Race Ln
    * Ballenger Ave & Dulany St
    * Duke St & John Carlyle St
    * Mount Vernon Ave & East Nelson Ave
    * Mount Vernon Ave & East Del Ray Ave
    * Mount Vernon Ave & Kennedy St
    * Monroe Ave & Leslie Avenue
    * Potomac Greens Dr & Slaters Ln

    The City’s Local Motion program is the resource for all of Alexandria’s transportation options. Please visit Alexandriava.gov/localmotion for local transportation updates and information.

    To sign up for Capital Bikeshare, please visit http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/

    July 2014 Expansion Update

    We added three new stations DC, three more in Arlington County and expanded one in Arlington and one in DC this month. There are now 326 stations system-wide.

    DC

  • 9th & G St NW - MLK Library, New, 23 docks
  • 34th & K St NW – Waterfront, New, 19 docks
  • 24th St. & New Hampshire Ave NW, New, 19 Docks
  • 4th St & W St NE, relocated from 4th St. & Rhode Island Ave and expanded, 15 docks
  • Arlington

  • Arlington Blvd & N. George Mason Dr., New, 11 Docks
  • Lee Hwy & N. Cleveland St., New, 15 docks
  • Lee Hwy & N. Scott St., New, 15 docks
  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center/2nd St & S Old Glebe Rd, relocated & expanded, 15 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.

    An Update on Your Key!

    To our members,

    We know you’ve been waiting for an update about new key shipments, and we’re so appreciative of your patience as we worked overtime to solve all of the issues we ran into during the shortage. The good news is that we have begun receiving the new keys! Here’s what to expect when you open the envelope with your new key inside:

    Fancy New Keys Heading Your Way

    We are now shipping new keys out to current members waiting for replacements, and to new members who have been waiting to activate your Capital Bikeshare membership. More keys are on the way, and we should be able to finish distributing keys to everyone who has been waiting very soon. At this time, we are shipping keys to new members and for those with broken or lost keys only.

    We truly appreciate your patience as we hit the home stretch. Happy riding!

    Sincerely,

    The Capital Bikeshare Team

    June 2014 Expansion Update

    We added one new station in Arlington County and expanded a popular DC station this month. There are now 321 stations system-wide.

    DC

  • Union Station / Columbus Circle, Expansion, Now 39 Docks


  • Arlington County

  • N. Meade St. & N 14th St / Iwo Jima Memorial, New, 17 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.

    Fourth of July Corral

    The Fourth of July is Friday and we’ll be there to celebrate with a bike corral! This temporary docking location will be staffed by our operations team and will ensure that those who choose to take Capital Bikeshare to the fireworks have a guaranteed place to dock their bike. The corral will be located at the 10th & Constitution station from 3 p.m. until one hour after the fireworks end. Keep in mind that we can’t guarantee that a bike will be around when you’re ready to head home, so stay prepared and be sure to know your other options. See you out there!

    Key Shipments Delayed

    Due to issues with our supplier, and heavier than anticipated member sign ups, we are currently out of Capital Bikeshare member keys.
    We expect to have new keys delivered the week of July 7th, but if you’d like to be notified when we have keys to ship please email
    customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  If you signed up before the notice was posted on our sign up page then you will receive your key shortly.

    If you are not yet a member, you can still sign up for membership today!  Just visit our Join Page and fill out the membership form to get started.  Don’t worry! Your membership won’t start until you receive your key and activate it.  24 hour and 3 day memberships are available at every Capital Bikeshare station. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Weekend Street Closures to Affect Rebalancing in DC, Arlington

    Weekend street closures for planned events will affect rebalancing operations in DD and Arlington on June 7 and 8. Please be aware that stations located in or around the following areas may not be able to be rebalanced during this time.

    Saturday, June 7

    Arlington – Clarendon - 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

    •Wilson Boulevard from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Boulevard
    •Clarendon Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to N. Fillmore Street
    •Washington Boulevard from Wilson Boulevard to N. Highland Street
    •N. Highland Street from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard
    •N. Garfield Street/N. Fillmore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard

    DC – Downtown / Dupont Circle – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Street Closures
    •25th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
    •24th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
    •23rd St NW between M & P ( Staging Area)
    •N St NW between 22nd & 25th
    •M St NW between 22nd & 25th

    Parade Route
    •East on P St from 23rd St NW
    •Clockwise around Dupont Circle
    •North on New Hampshire Ave
    •East on R St
    •South on 17th St
    •East on P St
    •North on 14th to N Street NW to the disbanding area just past R Street, NW

    Festival (7 p.m. Saturday 7/7 until 2 a.m. Monday, 7/9)
    •Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 7th Street NW
    •Constitution Ave NW between 3rd & 7th Street NW
    •4th Street NW between Madison Drive NW & Pennsylvania Ave NW
    •6th Street NW between C Street NW & Constitution Ave NW

    Sunday, June 8

    Arlington – Crystal City/Pentagon – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    •Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 15th Street
    •Westbound lanes of 23rd Street between Crystal Drive and S. Clark Street
    •Westbound lanes of 20th Street between Bell Street and Jefferson Davis Highway
    •18th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •Clark Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street.
    •West bound lanes of 15th Street between 14th Road S. and S. Eads Street
    •East bound lanes of 15th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •North bound Route 110 between North Kent Street in Rosslyn and Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway
    •North bound lanes of Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway between Route 110 and 20th Street
    •Washington Blvd east bound between Route 110 and I-395
    •Washington Blvd west bound between exit for Boundary Channel and I-395
    •Columbia Pike (Route 244) from S Washington Blvd to S Oak St.
    •S Joyce from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike
    •S. South Gate Road between Columbia Pike and Hobson Drive

    Arlington – Crystal City/Pentagon – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    •Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 18th Street
    •East bound lanes of 18th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •20th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Bell Street
    •East bound lane of 20th Street between Route 1 and S. Bell Street
    •Westbound lanes of 23rd Street between Crystal Drive and S. Clark Street will be closed
    •Clark Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street

    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.

    DC

  • 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.

    Get DC Cyclert for Text Message Station Notifications

    With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to commute to work by bike! If you use Capital Bikeshare for your two-wheeled commute, and live near a popular CaBi station, you know how high demand for bikes can be by your place in the morning or by your office in the afternoon. If you often find yourself missing out on bikes, DC Cyclert was made for you!

    Get all the details on this text message alert service here.

    The #bikeinbloom Pedals into Spring

    After a whirlwind tour of DC this spring, the #bikeinbloom has officially retired from service, relieved at the prospect of some peace and quiet. But what an adventure! It made several TV appearances on behalf of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, rode in a parade and even captured victory in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race, with help from our dear friend Teddy.

    Click here to catch up with the rest of the #bikeinbloom’s adventures during the cherry blossoms!

    Bike To Work Day Returns May 16

    With the spring weather finally pushing winter aside, it’s time to start thinking about Bike to Work Day 2014! This year, over 79 pit stops will open to more than 14,000 participants on Friday, May 16, and we want you to make your commute count by registering for the event. Whether you 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!

    Click here to keep reading.

    March 2014 Expansion Update

    We added two new stations in Arlington and relocated two DC stations this month. There are 315 stations system-wide.

    District of Columbia
    • 3rd St. & H St. NW, relocated from 4th St. & Massachusetts Ave. NW
    • 6th & Water St. SW, relocated from 7th & Water St. SW

    Arlington
    • S Quincy St. & Randolph St, New, 15 Docks
    • S Rolfe St. & S 9th St., New 15 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.

    Bike Corral for Nationals' Home Opener

    The Washington Nationals’ Home Opener is this Friday. We’ll be there to celebrate with a bike corral! This temporary docking location will be staffed by our operations team and will ensure that all fans who choose to take Capital Bikeshare to the game April 4 have a guaranteed place to dock their bike! The corral will be located at the 1st & N Street SE station from noon until 6 p.m. See you out there!

    Bike Corrals during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 13th, 2014, and Capital Bikeshare will again be partnering with the Festival to celebrate the blooms by hosting bike corrals during each weekend of the festival. A bike corral 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 corrals will operate on:

    • March 22 & 23, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • March 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • April 5 & 6, from 10 AM – 5 PM
    • April 12 & 13, from 10 AM – 5 PM

    The corrals will be located at the Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW (MLK & FDR Memorials) station.

    We are excited to be able to make it easier for everyone to bike to the blossoms during this beautiful time in the District.

    Find #bikeinbloom, Win Stuff.

    Today’s the day! We are so excited to welcome the arrival of the National Cherry Blossom Festival by putting our #bikeinbloom into the system! Our pink petal pedaller is now available for you to ride – but since there’s just one, you have to find it first! When you spot the #bikeinbloom, whether it’s at a dock, on a ride or taking you for a spin, snap a picture! When you post your photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #bikeinbloom, you’ll be entered to win great prizes from our friends and partners all over the DC area!

    Capital Bikeshare Helps Metro, Commuters Roll

    On its own, the Capital Bikeshare system is a great option for all kinds of trips, from roundabout explorations through the National Mall, to quick jaunts between work and lunch and everything in between. When used in conjunction with other regional transit systems, the trips we take on these beloved red bikes indicate that Capital Bikeshare fills an important need for those who travel using other transit systems in our region.

    February 2014 Expansion Update

    We added six new stations on this month, four in DC and two in Montgomery County. This latest push brings the system-wide total to 313. We are especially pleased to be partnering with WMATA to add more stations at Metrorail locations throughout the area.

    District of Columbia

  • 1st & H St. NW, in front of Walmart, New, 15 docks
  • Ft. Totten Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • TaKoma Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • Rhode Island Metro Station, New, 19 docks
  • Montgomery County

  • Rockville Metro Station – East Side, New, 13 docks
  • Veterans Place & Pershing Drive in Silver Spring, New, 11 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.

    Equipment Delays

    As you may know, the equipment supplier for Capital Bikeshare, Public Bike System Company, filed for bankruptcy protection in January. This has had no impact on Capital Bikeshare operations, but it has led to delays in the shipping of new bikeshare stations. Alta Bicycle Share, the operator of Capital Bikeshare, is working diligently on completing station orders for Capital Bikeshare’s jurisdictions. In the meantime, there are a few stations currently in our warehouse that will be installed in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

    Capital Bikeshare Reopening!

    Capital Bikeshare will reopen starting at 11:00am today, 2/14/14.  Our crews are working hard to clear stations, but with so many it will take some time before we get to every single one.  Please note that accumulated snow beneath the rear wheel may prevent the bike from being docked properly.  Be sure to clear the snow before you dock and always wait for the green light to confirm the bike is secure. 

    Our whole operations team is working hard to clear our 300+ stations of snow and ice. Have some free time and feel like chipping in? Tweet, Facebook or email us a photo of you helping out and you could win a free annual membership!  Please be sure to include the station name.

    Thanks for your patience, and please be careful out there!

    Capital Bikeshare's Severe Weather Policy

    It looks like we have a winter storm coming our way! In light of the snow forecast for tonight, we wanted to remind you of our Severe Weather Policy. We are watching the weather closely and will post updates as needed.  Please ride safely out there!

    “Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather. If severe weather threatens user safety or the safety of our staff, Capital Bikeshare could close temporarily and no bikes could be rented. Bikes already in use at the time of closure should be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station and all user fees still apply.

    Any information about a system closure will be posted to CapitalBikeshare.com, Facebook and Twitter. Annual, Monthly and Daily Key members will also be informed of this via email.

    Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring user safety and allowing for our streets to be cleared effectively and efficiently.”

    January 2014 Expansion Update

    We added two new stations in Montgomery County this month, bringing their total to 43.

    •Medical Center Dr. & Key West Ave., near National Cancer Inst., New, 15 docks
    •Shady Grove Hospital, 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.

    Capital Bikeshare Means Business

    We know you use Capital Bikeshare for all kinds of trips – to get to work, grab something to eat, meet up with friends and more. New research suggests that companies located near Bikeshare stations perceive that stations bring an increase in business from Bikeshare members.

    A new report by graduate students in the Urban & Regional Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus surveyed Bikeshare users at selected stations, and businesses in those same areas to gauge the relationship between economic activity and Bikeshare trips.

    Tech Savvy Members Create New Ways of Seeing Bikeshare in Action

    Over the course of three and a half years, our members have taken more than 6 million trips on Capital Bikeshare, pedaling more than 6.5 million miles across the region. These trips include countless commutes, errands, sightseeing excursions and nights on the town. Since we moved to make anonymous trip data available to the public in early 2012, several members of our community have invested their time and techie talents into creating incredible tools and visualizations of your movement on Capital Bikeshare.

    Alta Bicycle Share Official Statement Regarding PBSC Bankruptcy Protection Filing

    Please see the official statement below from Capital Bikeshare’s operator, Alta Bicycle Share, regarding Public Bike System Company’s (PBSC) filing for bankruptcy protection. All jurisdictions participating in Capital Bikeshare are in constant contact with Alta Bicycle Share and we have been reassured that current operations will not be impacted by the PBSC filing. Members can expect to receive the same high level of service Alta has provided Capital Bikeshare members since 2010.

    Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. (ABS), the leading operator of bike share systems in the country, has learned that one of its main equipment and technology suppliers, Public Bike System Company (PBSC), has filed for bankruptcy protection. Our systems across the country—in Washington DC, Boston, New York City, Chicago, the Bay Area, Columbus, OH, and Chattanooga, TN—are up and running and ABS will ensure that they continue to operate without interruption. Having served more than 15 million trips to date, we’re focused on continuing to provide a convenient, fast, fun, and affordable means of transit.
     
    Given our plans to expand current systems and launch new systems this year, we’re in constant communication with both PBSC as well as its suppliers to ensure we can do so successfully. Beyond that, we’re unable to discuss the specifics of the filing.

    New Bikeshare Features Added to Ridescout App

    It’s happened to you before: the timer is ticking on your 30 minute ride, and you arrive at your destination station to find that every dock is full! No one likes to be “dock blocked”, so we’re happy to report that RideScout, a new transportation app for smartphone users, has made big strides in fighting full docks by including Capital Bikeshare’s real-time open source data into its platform.

    RideScout's new Capital Bikeshare screen

    RideScout, the real-time trip planning app that covers a variety of transportation options, now includes two features designed to make your trip by Bikeshare even easier. When selected, a new option for Bikeshare trips automatically indicates when your intended arrival dock has filled up during your ride, and will offer to reroute you to the next-closest station to your destination with available docks. The app now also includes an alert that notifies you when you have used up 25 minutes of your allotted 30 minutes before usage fees begin.

    Ridescout is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play for iOS and Android devices. Capital Bikeshare notifications are only available for iPhone now, but will come to Android devices soon. If you have any questions, you can contact RideScout at feedback@ridescoutapp.com.

    #CBBikeCheck Round Up

    Like any good bicycle, Capital Bikeshare has a lot of important moving parts that keep you going from point A to point B quickly, reliably and comfortably! Recently we showcased one of these essential aspects of the Capital Bikeshare system on Twitter, using the hashtag #cbbikecheck.  We followed our bike checkers as they set out to inspect, repair and maintain some of the red bikes that make up our fleet of thousands to bring you photos and stories of how a typical day looks for them. Routine maintenance is essential to any bike, and the bike checkers work to keep each and every Bikeshare bike in good and working order with preventative maintenance and more. A special thank you to the whole operations team for showing us a little glimpse of what goes into a bike checker’s busy day!

    Capital Bikeshare's Severe Weather Policy

    In light of the snow today, we wanted to remind you of our Severe Weather Policy. We are watching the weather closely and will post updates as needed.  Ride safely out there!

    “Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather. If severe weather threatens user safety or the safety of our staff, Capital Bikeshare could close temporarily and no bikes could be rented. Bikes already in use at the time of closure should be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station and all user fees still apply.

    Closure and reopening information will be posted to CapitalBikeshare.com, Facebook and Twitter. Annual, Monthly and Daily Key members will also be informed of closure and reopening via email.

    Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring user safety and allowing for our streets to be cleared effectively and efficiently.”

    November 2013 Expansion Update

    We have plenty of new expansion details to update you on this month, including a very exciting announcement from the City of Alexandria!

    Alexandria will double its number of stations this winter.  New Capital Bikeshare stations will be added in the Del Ray and Carlyle areas in Alexandria. Make sure to link up with us on Twitter and Facebook for details on new stations as they become available.

    We added plenty of new stations this month and also moved a few locations:

    DC
    -Calvert St & Woodley Pl NW, new, 19 docks
    -New Jersey Ave & N St NW/Dunbar HS, new, 19 docks
    -Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave & 49th St NE, new, 11 docks
    -Deanwood Rec Center, new, 15 docks
    -Hains Point/Buckeye & Ohio Dr SW, new, 17 docks

    Arlington
    -Arlington Blvd & N Fillmore St, new, 11 docks
    -Long Bridge Dr & 6th St S (Long Bridge Park), new, 15 docks
    -18th St S & S Hayes St was relocated just around the corner to S Hayes St & 18th St S at the Aurora Hills Library

    Montgomery County
    -Old Georgetown Rd & Southwick Rd, new, 19 docks
    -Friendship Blvd & Willard Dr, 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.

    Member Benefits & RideScout Launch in DC

    Next week a new transportation app, RideScout, is launching in DC. The app is a one stop shop for getting you from point A to point B and prominently features Capital Bikeshare locations throughout the DC area, alongside Metro, car sharing locations and more!

    Learn more about this free app and get some great CaBi member benefits at their launch happy hour events this week.

    Cold Weather Biking Tips!

    It’s getting cold out there! But riding a bike in the cold doesn’t have to be miserable. With a little planning, riding in colder temps can be quite enjoyable. goDCgo and BikeArlington have teamed up to bring you some great tips on how to prepare yourself for cold-weather riding—and they even turned it into a pretty infographic!

    JARC Program Makes Bikeshare Accessible to All Montgomery Co. Residents

    Capital Bikeshare is affordable for many - but for some folks it still may present a financial challenge. MCDOT has announced a program to make Capital Bikeshare accessible to low-income individuals in Montgomery County. Free Capital Bikeshare memberships are available for those who meet income eligibility requirements through a program called “JARC” - Job Access Reverse Commute. Qualified individuals will receive free membership, as well as free bike safety training, a free helmet and route planning.

    How do you qualify? Those who are currently receiving assistance through any Montgomery County social services organizations - or who may qualify through other low income criteria - should contact Commuter Services for a registration form. Those who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a free membership, as well as free bike safety training, a helmet and route-planning assistance. Businesses and other organizations are also encouraged to contact Commuter Services at that number if they have interested employees or clients.

    If you or someone know someone could benefit from this program, please direct call Montgomery County Commuter Services at (240) 777-8380 or email mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov to apply.

    Capital Bikeshare Turns 3!

    Friday, September 20, could not have been a better day to celebrate our 3rd birthday, coinciding as it did with the beginning of Car Free Days and International Park(ing) Day. It was like the planets aligned for the best birthday ever! We really jump-started the celebratory spirit a full three days early by offering prizes to randomly selected Twitter followers who retweeted our stuff to make us look super popular. But the prize-giving frenzy didn’t stop there! Oh, no! By Friday, we were in full birthday party mode with perky, smiling staff members camped out at the Capital Bikeshare “parklet” on F Street, NW, and conducting a #bikesharetrivia contest while consuming an alarming number of cupcakes. Check out the photos of the event on our Facebook page. Please note the surprise visit (we invited him) from DC emcee/hip hop artist and CaBi enthusiast Javier Starks! Because we are hip like that. Thanks so much to absolutely everyone who stopped by and participated in our giveaways!

    In related news, we also released the official 3rd Birthday infographic, which captures all the most riveting CaBi statistics of the year and is reportedly our most complicated infographic to date – you’re welcome!

    Montgomery County Launches Capital Bikeshare!

    We’re very excited to welcome Montgomery County to the Capital Bikeshare family! The first installment of 51 stations and 450 bikes throughout the County will be located in Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center areas. Today at a launch event in Rockville, dignitaries and residents gathered to celebrate as the first 14 stations in Montgomery County became operational.

    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!

    Expansion Update

    Capital Bikeshare continues to expand! Crews have installed new stations in the following District locations:

  • 3rd St & Pennsylvania Ave, SE
  • 8th & D St, NW
  • 3rd & Elm St, NW
  • Rhode Island Ave & V St NE
  • Constitution Ave & 2nd St NW /DOL
  • Washington & Independence Ave SW/HHS


  • We’ll keep you posted on new developments in Arlington, Alexandria and Montgomery County.

    Zen Around the City

    Hey ladies – did you know that similar to yoga, biking can help reduce levels of stress? We sure did, so we’re excited to tell you about BikeArlington’s women’s event “Zen Around the City”! BikeArlington has partnered with Mind Your Body Oasis yoga studio to show you how incorporating biking into your life can help make the hustle and bustle of city life less stressful. With experts on hand to tailor the information to your unique needs, you’ll be one step closer to a happier, healthier and more “zenful” life! So join us for a night of yoga, biking and fun! Tickets are $5 and include dinner and a goodie bag worth $25. Visit the event website to RVSP.

    Hot Weather Biking Tips

    We don’t need to tell you that it’s been a hot, humid summer so far. You’ve been out there on those sweet, red bikes anyways because you’re not scared of no stinkin’ heat! Good for you! We regret to inform you, however, that you can, in fact, become uncomfortably, and sometimes dangerously, dehydrated if you’re not careful. That’s why we’d like to pass along this helpful infographic from our friends at BikeArlington and goDCgo. It’s packed full of good information and somehow manages to also be adorable. Please read the aptly titled “Hot Weather Biking Tips,” and pass it along to your fellow cyclists!

    Rebalancing Act

    We get a whole lot of questions every week asking “what the heck’s up with empty/full stations?!” Frankly, this makes us very sad and a little mopey, but we feel your frustration and try to answer you as best and as promptly as we can. For those of you who send us these questions or are thinking about doing so, we’re going to try to paint the full picture of the challenges we face daily in keeping all stations adequately balanced to serve your needs and what we are doing to improve that service.

    Updated Official Statement on Department of Labor Federal Wage Inquiry

    The District, Arlington and Alexandria, the jurisdictions that own Capital Bikeshare, are aware of a recent petition launched by current and former employees of Alta Bicycle Share, the contractor that operates the system, regarding their employment in DC.

    Alta has assured the jurisdictions that they fully value their work force and that they are doing everything they can to ensure that they are in compliance with federal wage guidelines.

    The jurisdictions are following this closely and await any outcomes from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    2013 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report

    To be published here on May 22 at noon.

    Official Statement on Department of Labor Federal Wage Inquiry

    The U.S. Department of Labor has requested information from the Capital Bikeshare operator Alta Bicycle Share about compliance with federal wage guidelines.

    The District, Arlington and Alexandria, the jurisdictions that own Capital Bikeshare, are following this closely.  Alta has assured Capital Bikeshare that they will provide all information requested by the Department of Labor while continuing to operate the bikeshare system.

    We thank our members and users of the system for your continued support and look forward to continuing to provide an on-going first class and unchanged level of service to our customers.

    Capital Bikeshare New Station Ribbon Cutting

    Join us on March 28 to celebrate the opening of the newest Capital Bikeshare station at the Walter Reed Community Center on Columbia Pike in Arlington.

    Arlington County Board Chair, Walter Tejada, will cut the ribbon and launch the 2013 Arlington expansion wave of 33 new stations focused on the Columbia Pike and Shirlington areas.
     
    We are proud to bring red-bike joy to the Columbia Pike neighborhood, and to provide our members with new options.  For more details on the Arlington expansion, click here.

    Bonus fact: This is the 200th station in the Capital Bikeshare system.  A testament to the popularity, growth and success of the system.
     
    Here are the details:

    Capital Bikeshare Ribbon Cutting
    Thursday March 28
    9am
    Walter Reed Community Center
    2909 16th Street, S
    Arlington, VA

    Capital Bikeshare Inauguration Alert

    Security measures and traffic restrictions that will be put in place for the upcoming inauguration will have a significant impact on Capital Bikeshare. Please take the time to read the information below regarding the specific impacts the inauguration will have on our service.  In the past, the Secret Service have changed plans and have shut down access as events happen so be prepared to change your route or to make new plans. Be flexible!

    Station Removals
    Due to security measures being put in place for the inauguration, Capital Bikeshare will be completely removing stations in the area of the inaugural parade route (from the Capitol to the White House) starting this week. 

    On Wednesday, January 16, the following stations will be removed:
    • 10th & E St NW
    • 10th & Constitution Ave NW
    • 15th & NY Ave NW

    On Thursday, January 17th the following stations will be removed:
    • Reagan Building/14th & D St NW
    • 14th & G St NW
    • 14th & H St NW

    Station Reinstallation
    Removed stations will be reinstalled starting on Wednesday, January 23rd and be completed by Thursday, January 24th.

    Pre- and Post-Inauguration Bike Corrals
    In order to accommodate our members while these stations are taken off the street, we will be hosting a bike corral at the 13th and NY NW station from 8am to 10am.  The morning corral will be available on the following days:

    • Wednesday, January 16th
    • Thursday, January 17th
    • Friday, January 18th
    • Tuesday, January 22nd
    • Wednesday, January 23rd
    • Thursday, January 24th

    Please note that while we can guarantee you a place to dock your bike, we cannot guarantee that a bike will be available for your return trip, so please plan accordingly.
     
    Rebalancing During the Inauguration (Monday, January 21st)
    Due to the security perimeter established for the inauguration, a significant number of downtown stations will not be accessible to rebalancing vehicles.  Other stations outside the perimeter will be difficult to access due to road closures, security measures, and anticipated high volumes of traffic.  As a result, we may have difficulty rebalancing many downtown stations.  We ask for your patience during this time.  Please be sure to consult Spotcycle before starting your trip.

    Inaccessible Stations on the National Mall (Monday, January 21st)
    There will be two stations on the National Mall that will be out of service during the Inauguration: 14th and Jefferson and 12th and Jefferson (Smithsonian Metro). These stations will be shut down during the event and will open up in the evening after the parade has finished. We are expecting this to be around 7pm.

    Inauguration Day Bike Corrals
    To accommodate the anticipated high usage of Capital Bikeshare on Monday, January 21st, we will be hosting two bike corrals, one each on the north and south sides of the security perimeter:  The north corral will be held at the 17th and K NW station next to Farragut Square.  The south corral will be at the 12th and Independence Ave SW (USDA) station.  Both corrals will be open from 7am to 5pm.  You will be guaranteed a place to drop off your Capital Bikeshare bike but we cannot guarantee a bike for return trips.

    Other Inauguration Resources

    goDCgo
    District Department of Transportation
    Downtown BID
    US Secret Service

    Thanks in advance for your patience.  We will do our best to provide the best possible service in this challenging environment.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

    The Capital Bikeshare Team

    District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, run by Alta Bicycle Share

    DDOT Releases New Capital Bikeshare Locations

    Expansion Stations Proposed in All Eight Wards

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation today announced proposed locations for 54 new Capital Bikeshare stations to be installed this winter in the District of Columbia. The list includes proposed new stations in all 8 wards of the city.

    “These new locations will mean a 40% increase in the number of CaBi stations in DC,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.  “Combined with new stations in Arlington, Alexandria and soon in Montgomery County, we’re building a robust and truly regional system.”

    There are currently 138 stations in DC, 45 in Arlington, and 8 Alexandria.

    DDOT selected the 54 locations from a longer list of 78 suggested locations submitted by the public over the past 2 years. DDOT evaluated the locations using several criteria, including population density, employment density, bike-to-work rate, proximity to metro, and proximity to other Bikeshare stations.  Residents also ‘voted’ for their preferences using an interactive crowdsourcing map.

    The proposed stations are in a mix and new and existing bikeshare neighborhoods. “We need to balance the desire to expand into new areas with the need for more docks and bikes in existing areas, particularly downtown, where demand is heaviest.” said Chris Holben, DDOT Project Manager for Capital Bikeshare. “Basically, for every ‘expansion’ station we also need more spaces downtown to keep up with demand.”
     
    DDOT plans to start installing new stations and bikes in January and finish in March.  Locations not selected in this round of 54 will be considered for the next round.  The complete list is below. You can also view the proposed locations alongside existing stations on a map at http://goo.gl/maps/UJPZs.

    To comment on the list of proposed locations, please email ddot.bikeshare@dc.gov by January 15, 2013.

    First Round

    1 18th Street and Wyoming Avenue NW
    2 11th Street and M Street NW
    3 14th Street and Clifton Street/ Boys and Girls Club NW
    4 15th Street and Euclid Street NW
    5 20th Street and Virginia Avenue NW
    6 Ellington Bridge, SE corner NW
    7 Elm Street and 2nd Street (LeDroit Park) NW
    8 New Jersey Avenue and R Street NW
    9 Hiatt Place between Park and Irving NW
    10 13th Street and U Street NW
    11 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue/JHU NW
    12 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW
    13 8th Street and D Street NW
    14 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW
    15 11th Street and K Street NW
    16 L’Enfant Plaza at Independence Ave SW
    17 11th Street and F Street NW
    18 23rd Street and W.H.O. NW
    19 Constitution Ave and 21st Street NW
    20 34th Street and Water Street NW
    21 Connecticut and Nebraska Avenues NW
    22 Connecticut Ave and Albemarle St NW
    23 O Street and Wisconsin Ave (east) NW
    24 Wisconsin Ave and Fessenden St NW
    25 Wisconsin Ave and Veazy Street NW
    26 14th Street and Upshur Street NW
    27 14th Street and Colorado Avenue NW
    28 5th Street and Kennedy Street NW
    29 Georgia Ave and Decatur Street NW
    30 V Street and Rhode Island Ave at Summit Place NE
    31 2nd Street and M Street NE
    32 Hamlin Street and 7th Street NE
    33 12th Street and Irving Street NE
    34 Neal Street and Trinidad Avenue NE
    35 Rhode Island Ave Metro entrance NE
    36 18th Street and Rhode Island Ave NE
    37 8th Street and F Street NE
    38 Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Street SE
    39 8th Street and East Capitol Street NE
    40 15th Street and East Capitol Street NE
    41 Independence and Washington/HHS SW
    42 Constitution Ave and 2nd St/DOL NW
    43 6th Street and Indiana Avenue NW
    44 New Jersey Avenue and D Street SE
    45 15th St, F St and Tennessee Ave NE
    46 9th Street and M Street SE
    47 Tingey Street and 3rd Street SE
    48 Deanwood Rec Center and Library NE
    49 Burroughs Avenue and 49th Street NE
    50 Burroughs Ave and Minnesota Ave NE
    51 Minnesota/34th Street and Ely Place SE
    52 Alabama Avenue and Stanton Road SE
    53 MLK, Jr. Ave and Alabama Ave SE
    54 MLK, Jr. Ave and Pleasant Street SE

    Next Round

    55 MLK, Jr. Ave and St. E’s Gate 5 SE
    56 14th Street and Fairmont Street NW
    57 18th Street and C Street NW
    58 L’Enfant Plaza at Banneker Circle SW
    59 G Street at MLK Library NW
    60 Wisconsin Ave and Ingomar Street NW
    61 Brandywine St and Wisconsin Ave NW
    62 Connecticut Ave and Porter Street NW
    63 O Street and Wisconsin Ave (west) NW
    64 Massachusetts Ave and 48th Street NW
    65 Van Buren Street and Rec Center NW
    66 Ft Totten Metro Station NW
    67 Cedar Street underpass (Takoma) NW
    68 Piney Branch Rd and Georgia Ave NW
    69 1st Street and K Street NE
    70 Rhode Island Ave and Franklin St NE
    71 18th Street and Monroe Street NE
    72 New Jersey Avenue and L Street NW
    73 Haines Point Rec Center SW
    74 2nd Street and V Street SW
    75 Burroughs and Division Avenues NE
    76 Ely Place and Ft. Dupont Ice Rink SE
    77 16th Street and Minnesota Ave SE
    78 MLK, Jr. Ave and St E’s Gate 1 SE

    Safety Tip: Ride in Single File

    Though many cities and towns allow bicyclists to ride two abreast (two riders side-by-side) so long as they don’t impede traffic, it is often a good idea to remain riding single file on both roads and trails.


    1. Riding single file ensures that bicyclists do not obstruct the flow of traffic on single lane or narrow roads.

    2. By riding single file, multiple bicyclists use the same space on the road, enabling them to stay out of the door zone while remaining visible to drivers.

    3. When riding single file, be sure to communicate with riders in front of and behind you. Signal your turns and stops, and use verbal warnings such as “stopping” or “car approaching”.

    4. On trails, riding single file keeps pedestrians and other slow-moving trail users safe.

    5. While most drivers are perfectly courteous, it’s always possible that drivers may take offense to bicyclists’ actions, such as blocking a lane of travel. Riding single file can help minimize these frustrations.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    Capital Bikeshare Reopening at 1pm Today

    Capital Bikeshare will be reopening starting at 1pm today. Please note that rebalancing will not resume until 4pm, and the Prince and Union station in Alexandria will remain out of service. If you come across any damage to stations or bikes please let us know via FB or Twitter. If you do choose to ride, please watch for standing water, downed power lines and felled trees. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this severe weather event.

    Capital Bikeshare Weather Alert 10-29-12

    As severe weather and high winds will continue to impact the DC area, Capital Bikeshare will remain closed through Tuesday morning at a minimum. An announcement on when the system will reopen may be made after weather conditions improve and the system is checked for storm-related damage. Thanks for your patience.

    Capital Bikeshare Service Alert 10-28-12

    Due to the expected severe weather, Capital Bikeshare will be closing temporarily starting at 1am Monday morning. If you have a bike out at this time you will be able to return it, but no new rentals will be available. The system will reopen when weather conditions allow.

    To report any damage to Capital Bikeshare stations or bikes please contact our customer service line at 1-877-430-BIKE or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com. Posts to Facebook and Twitter would also help Capital Bikeshare track and respond to damaged equipment.

    Visualization of Rides After October 10 Nationals Game



    The Washington Nationals October playoff run sure was exciting.  Almost as exciting was the volume of bike activity around Nationals stadium.  Clearly, lots of Nats fans are realizing that getting to and from the game by bike is the way to go!  The bike parking at the stadium was full, every rack and lamppost in the area had a bike locked to it, and the Capital Bikeshare stations were jamming.  In fact, the station closest to the stadium had a staffed bike corral for the playoff games which was used by well over 100 riders each game!

    We thought it would be interesting to see where all those Capital Bikeshare riders dispersed to after the game.  Take a look at the visualization above.

    Red circles represent the volume of bikes going out from the 3 stations near the stadium. Green circles represent volume of bikes arriving at other stations throughout the system.

    This visualization shows trips starting between 4pm and 5pm on October 10, 2012. The start stations included are 1st & N St SE (including corral), M St & New Jersey Ave SE, and 1st & K St SE.

    Capital Bikeshare's 2nd Year in Arlington

    How did Arlington’s portion of Capital Bikeshare do in its second year of service? Are Arlingtonians and visitors using the service? How many trips are made and how much was spent? These questions and a lot more are discussed in Arlington County’s “FY12 Summary Report on Capital Bikeshare” (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required). The report’s highlights include the service’s continued cost recovery growth, annual key indicator data, member survey analysis, and accomplishments.

    Not to spoil the conclusion for you, but yes, the service had a good year. The County expanded Capital Bikeshare throughout the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor during this time period, more than doubling its number of stations from 18 to 41 and bikes from 123 to 286. With the additional stations and bikes came an increased cost recovery ratio – the percentage of revenues divided by expenses. Fiscal Year 2011 had a 53% cost recovery ratio and FY12 saw an increase to 64%.

    Arlington’s portion of the service had $411,000 in revenues from memberships, user fees, and sponsorships and $473,000 in operations expenses, plus $170,000 in management and marketing – totaling $643,000 in expenses. The number of trips starting and ending in Arlington increased by about 280% to 88,613 (trips starting) and 86,438 (trips ending). The number of miles ridden in Arlington increased 343% to about 95,000 miles, which helped remove nearly 64,000 pounds of CO2 from the air. The service also got us more active and we burned over 4.1 million calories to be fit.

    The report also discusses our accomplishments, such as our partnership with Bank on DC, Transit Development Plan, map panels design updated, marketing campaign, and call center improvements. The report can be found online at BikeArlington.com (PDF, 1 MB, Adobe Reader required).

    Safety Tip: Be Careful at Intersections

    More than two thirds of all bike/car crashes happen at intersections. As a bicyclist, it’s critical to know what you can do to stay visible, predictable and safe when approaching, navigating and leaving an intersection, whether you turn or go straight through.

    1. When approaching an intersection, ride in the center of the rightmost lane that will take you the direction you want to go—right lane for turning right, left lane for turning left, etc.

    2. Check behind you, then use hand signals to indicate that you are changing lanes or turning.

    3. Make eye contact with drivers around you to ensure that they have noticed you—communication is key!

    4. When stopped at an intersection, do so in the center of the lane—either in front of or behind a car—to ensure that you are seen by the driver. Don’t wait off to the side, where they may not be looking.

    5. Drivers are often unable to estimate the speed of bikes and think they have enough time to make a turn. Keep an eye on drivers traveling in the opposite lane and turning left across your path.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    Capital Bikeshare Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

    (Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare celebrates its second birthday, marking the end of a very successful year that saw the addition of more stations in the District and Arlington, and most recently, the City of Alexandria. Alexandria kicked off the birthday celebration with an official Launch Party on Wednesday, and today it is Capital Bikeshare Day, by proclamation, in both DC and Arlington.

    Capital Bikeshare Launches in Alexandria

    We’re very excited to announce that eight Capital Bikeshare stations are now operational in the City of Alexandria! 

    These station locations include:

    • Prince St. & Union St.
    • King St. & N Royal St.
    • King St. & S Patrick St.
    • Commerce St. & S Fayette St.
    • N Saint Asaph St. & Pendleton St.
    • N Henry St. & Pendleton St.
    • Braddock Road Metro
    • King Street - Old Town Metro

    The City will hold a launch event on Wednesday, September 19 at 11:45 a.m. in front of Alexandria City Hall in Market Square at 301 King Street to celebrate their shiny new stations! 

    We are thrilled with the progress the Capital Bikeshare program has made over the last two years and look forward to working with additional jurisdictions to expand even more!

    Safety Tip: Beware of Parked Car Doors-They Can Open at Anytime

    Though it is illegal for drivers and passengers to open their doors into traffic – and bikes are traffic – you don’t want to rely on others for your safety. Follow these tips to avoid getting “doored.”

    1. The 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars is called the “Door Zone.” Vehicle doors vary in length, and you should ride outside of the door zone as much as you can.

    2. Riding outside of the “Door Zone” has the added benefit of making you more visible to drivers in front of and behind you.

    3. Be aware of passenger vehicles (taxis and buses) and always pass on the left to avoid conflicts with drivers entering or exiting the roadway.

    4. Use a bell (or your voice) to communicate with drivers and passengers who are opening their doors.

    Remember, it’s a two-way street. When you are the driver or passenger in a car, always check behind the vehicle for approaching bikes before opening your door – it’s the law!

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    Capital Bikeshare begins installations in Alexandria on August 27

    Starting Monday, August 27, Capital Bikeshare will begin the process of installing eight stations in the City of Alexandria.  These station locations include:

    • Prince St / Union St
    • King St / N Royal St
    • King St / S Patrick St
    • Commerce St / S Fayette St
    • N Saint Asaph St /Pendleton St
    • N Henry St / Pendleton St
    • Braddock Road Metro
    • King Street – Old Town Metro


    It is important to note that these stations will not be operational until the deployment and installation of all eight stations in Alexandria is complete, tentatively scheduled for early September.  These stations will not be available to pick up or return bikes to until that time.  These stations will not appear on the CaBi online map or on Spotcycle until they are fully operational. 
    Please visit Alexandriava.gov/localmotion

    for Capital Bikeshare installation updates, and stay tuned to the Capital Bikeshare Facebook and Twitter pages for additional announcements.

    Safety Tip: Always Wear a Helmet

    While riding well can prevent crashes, they can still happen in spite of your skill on a bike. Wearing a bike helmet is the most effective way to ensure that if a crash happens, you will survive it. Please keep these five things in mind when thinking about purchasing a helmet:

    1. Every helmet sold in the US meets the same safety standards. Spending $200 might get you a cooler helmet, but it won’t get you one that keeps your head safer.

    2. However, a helmet won’t help if it doesn’t fit you correctly. Take these steps to put your helmet on right:

    • Place the helmet level on your head, not too far forward or back. The brim should be about two fingers’ width above your eyebrows.
    • The side straps should come to a V just below your earlobes.
    • The chinstrap should be snug under your chin. When you open your mouth wide, you should feel the helmet tug down on the top of your head.
    • The helmet shouldn’t wobble or shake when you move your head.

    3. Helmet laws vary by location: people under 16 must wear helmets in DC and MD, under 14 in VA.

    4. Helmets are good for one crash only! Additionally, they need to be replaced every 4-6 years whether you have been involved in a crash or not.

    5. On a bike, you can avoid many crashes by paying attention and riding visibly & predictably. But you can’t control or avoid everything, and when a crash happens, a bike helmet is your last line of defense. Don’t ride without it!

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    CaBi Bike Steering Limiter Tab Solution

    To date, ninety Capital Bikeshare bikes have been found by service staff to have a broken steering limiter tab and removed from service.  The tab is a small piece of metal that is part of the steerer tube and which runs in a narrow channel on the top of the fork crown.  The tabs are there to give the bike better stability when the kick stand is down, prevent damage to the frame from over-steering, and protect the wiring in the head tube.  Our mechanics have discovered that sometimes this tab breaks and needs to be removed.  Since the launch of the system, all bikes that have been found to have a steering limiter tab problem have been removed from service pending a solution from the bike manufacturer.

    The solution recently became available after rigorous testing to ensure that Capital Bikeshare riders will see no difference in the performance or quality of the bikes. The black buttons that can be found on some of the bikes on both sides of the downtube are designed to serve the same purpose as the steering limiter tab.  We are in the process of applying this solution to all bikes that have been found to have steering tab issues.  Capital Bikeshare will continue to monitor the fleet and any additional bikes that are found to have the steering tab issue will also receive the solution.

    Safety Tip: Always Use Lights At Night

    Plentiful and bright, street lights make it easy to ride after dark on city streets. But equipping your bike with front and rear lights isn’t always about seeing the road in front of you, it’s also about being seen by others. Capital Bikeshare bikes have lights built in, but you can use these tips with your own bike and to help other bicyclists be seen at night:

    1. DC, Maryland and Virginia laws require white front lights on all bikes. A rear red light and/or red reflector is also required.
    2. It never hurts to add more lights to your bike or to your bag/helmet!
    3. If you are riding on an off-street trail (such as the Mount Vernon Trail) without overhead lighting, you may need to invest in a headlamp or other powerful light to illuminate the trail.
    4. You can supplement your lights with brightly colored clothing and retro-reflective material on your helmet, gloves, legbands, and jacket.
    5. Lights can keep you visible even during the day, and they’re especially helpful in the dawn/dusk, as well as in the rain.
    6. Remember to pack extra batteries for longer rides! (Also, batteries drain faster in the cold.)

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    Safety Tip: Ride in a Straight Line

    It’s smart to be a proactive rider, but you can also make a big difference in your bike safety by simply riding in a straight line! Riding smoothly without unnecessary drifting or swerving is one of those basic bike skills that is easy to dismiss, but can do a lot to increase your visibility, your predictability, and ultimately your safety:

    1. When you ride in a straight line, drivers (and other cyclists) expect that you will continue to do so. Being predictable keeps you safer.

    2. Ride outside of the door zone and stay there. No swerving means no worrying about car doors.

    3. Resist the temptation to move to the right when there are no parked cars. Sure, it can be a relief to get out of traffic, but you are making yourself harder to see and predict.

    4. To change lanes or make turns, remember your hand signals. Signal early and often. Back up your signals with eye contact and make your intentions clear.

    5. If you find yourself swerving when looking over your shoulder, practice your technique in an empty parking lot.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org.

    On Our Way to Two Million

    We are thrilled to be quickly approaching an enormous milestone here at Capital Bikeshare—2 million trips taken! We can’t thank our members enough for believing in this service and it has truly been amazing to see the type of impact that a transit system like Capital Bikeshare can have on a community.

    Safety Tip: Obey all Regulatory Signs and Traffic Lights

    When riding your bike, either in the street or on the sidewalk, you are obligated to follow all appropriate laws as they relate to pedestrians, bikes and automobiles. This starting point allows all users of the road to be safe and respectful of each other.

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.

    For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thank you for your support!

    Safety Tip: Use Hand Signals

    When you’re on your bike, communicating with drivers can seem like an impossible task. But with a little thought and some practice, you can let drivers know what you are going to do before you do it, making yourself more predictable and safer. Use hand signals and body language to get your message out there:

    1. For turns, simply hold out your arm in the direction you want to turn. You can also signal a right turn by holding your left arm out and bent up at the elbow.
    2. Remember, bikes don’t have brake lights, so signal your stops by holding either arm out and bent down at the elbow. This is especially helpful on off-street trails.
    3. Add motion to your signals! Movement attracts attention, so flex at the wrist or elbow as you make your hand signal.
    4. Earlier is better, so try to signal your turns half a block or 500 feet before an intersection, whichever is further away.
    5. For lane-changes, point at the lane you are moving into, so drivers don’t think you are turning off the roadway completely.
    6. Don’t stop there: make eye contact, wave, smile and use other body language to communicate your intentions to drivers. If they can predict your actions, you stay safer.

    This is just one tip for safer cycling, but the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a wellspring of more useful information. Make them your go-to resource for safety tips, bike classes, events and more at waba.org

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.

    For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thank you for your support!

    Never Ride Against Traffic

    Perhaps you already know that you aren’t supposed to ride against traffic on a bicycle, but do you know the reason behind the rule? By riding against traffic, you are putting yourself in a dangerous situation and reducing the odds that you will be seen by motorists. Riding against traffic is not safe for these reasons:

    Celebrate 12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown with Exclusive Discounts for Capital Bikeshare Members

    Just in time for the holidays, the Georgetown BID brings you 12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown, and Capital Bikeshare is thrilled to be part of it! Come celebrate DC’s most anticipated holiday shopping season, with 12 days of special store sales and events, dining treats, holiday entertainment and activities and more. From December 9 through 20, holiday treats exclusively for Capital Bikeshare members are waiting for you all over the neighborhood.

    Expansion Update in the District and Arlington County

    Celebrating our first birthday was fun, but now we’re ready to focus on the future of Capital Bikeshare— and it looks pretty promising. After several public meetings and the help of a crowdsourcing map, which enabled members to submit their preferences for new station locations, we finally decided where to place the first new stations in the District and Arlington County. Keep in mind that these locations were chosen based upon the feedback we received from Capital Bikeshare members. So, if your favorite station location didn’t make the list, just wait—many more are in the pipeline for the coming year.

    Suggest a Station Location with our new Crowdsourcing Map Tool!

    We want to hear where you would like to see future Capital Bikeshare stations!  To accommodate this, we have devised a nifty crowdsourcing map that allows you to suggest a station (or many stations), view and comment on other people’s suggestions, and share it all through your email and social media networks.

    Analysis of Public Comment for Proposed Capital Bikeshare Expansion Stations

    Thank you to everyone who provided input on the County’s proposed FY12 Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station locations in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. We received over 300 comments from the public through our online interactive map, public meeting, civic association meetings, and emails. In addition to input in favor of certain stations, we also received helpful input of unfavored stations. With these comments, we’re able to better locate future CaBi stations to better meet demand and neighborhoods’ needs.

    June 2011 Reverse Rider Rewards Winners Announced

    Beginning June 1, 2011, Capital Bikeshare annual members were encouraged through our Reverse Riders Rewards to assist in the redistribution of bicycles across Downtown DC. Prizes were available to members who took a bicycle from a “typically full station” and dropped it off at a “typically empty station” Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8am and 10am. One point was rewarded for each qualifying trip. The stations that are eligible were plotted on our very fancy Google map.  Full details on the current contest are available here.

    Capital Bikeshare is Hosting 2 Corrals Near the National Mall for July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

    On Monday, July 4th, Capital Bikeshare will be providing two bike corrals to handle the large number of riders expected to use the system to visit the National Mall for the 4th of July celebrations.  The bike corrals will be located at the following stations:

    District Expansion of Capital Bikeshare

    A public meeting to discuss the expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program in the District of Columbia took place on May 25. The meeting lasted approximately two hours and was attended by 124 community members interested in learning more about the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) proposed station locations and providing their own feedback on where they would like to see the next round of stations.

    Public Meeting to Discuss Arlington Expansion of Capital Bikeshare

    Capital Bikeshare is expanding throughout the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and the Arlington County Department of Environment Services would like public input about the proposed station locations as well as suggestions for locations. About 30 stations are proposed for the Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square, and Ballston urban villages within the next year.

    In The Employer Spotlight: The World Bank

    Last month, goDCgo and The World Bank teamed up to launch the Capital Bikeshare corporate program in style! In one day, goDCgo sponsored four Confident City Cycling classes at The World Bank headquarters, reaching over 100 new and not-so-new bike commuters.

    Station at MLK and Good Hope Road, SE to close temporarily

    Due to construction on the 11th Street bridge, we will be temporarily removing the CaBi station at 1800 Martin Luther King Blvd (at the intersection of MLK and Good Hope Road, SE) on Friday morning, April 29th, 2011.

    Update to Bicycle Rental Agreement

    In our efforts to continually improve the Capital Bikeshare service for our members, several adjustments have been made to our Bicycle Rental Agreement.  We invite you to review the document.  For any questions you may have, please call us at 1-877-430-BIKE(2453) or email customerservice@capitalbikeshare.com.  Thanks for your membership!

    Living Social code works for renewals, too!

    Currently a CaBi member and wanting to get in on the Living Social deal?  No problem!  Use the code to renew your membership!

    Final Winter Weather Warrior Contest Results Post Tuesday

    We’ll be posting the final Winter Weather Warrior contest results on goDCgo.com on Tuesday March 8.  Results will include our Long Haul Rider and Most Saddle Time Rider for February, the faithful CaBi members with perfect attendance, and the supreme Warrior.  Stay tuned and check goDCgo.com for the full results.

    Who's in the Lead?

    Check out the full Winter Weather Warrior leader board to see where you stand and for details on the contest.  You can still opt-in and join the competition.  Updated February 9, 2011.

    Winter Weather Warrior Leader Board

    Check out the full Winter Weather Warrior leader board to see where you stand and for details on the contest.  You can still opt-in and join the competition.  Updated February 2, 2011.

    Favorite Photo Contest

    January has been cold and bleak. Yuck-o. Time to get your creative juices flowing again. So we’re announcing today a photo contest for everyone participating in Capital Bikeshare’s Winter Weather Warrior contest!  Winner will receive a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

    Station at Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenues to close temporarily

    Due to DDOT roadway construction on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, we will be temporarily removing the CaBi station at the intersection of Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenues on Tuesday morning, January 4th, 2011.

    Severe Weather Policy

    Safety is extremely important to Capital Bikeshare, therefore Capital Bikeshare may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather.  If severe weather endangers user safety, Capital Bikeshare will close temporarily and no bikes can be rented.  All bikes already in use at the time of closure can be returned to any Capital Bikeshare station with an available open slot and all user fees still apply.  The system will re-open when conditions are determined safe for operations.