Capital Bikeshare

18 Oct

In 2008, Clear Channel brought a public bike share program to DC: SmartBike. It was a cool idea, but it didn’t take long to realize that the program itself pretty much sucked. First off, there weren’t many bikes or bike stations. Second, they had no plans of expanding. Third, the bikes started looking pretty sad and tired looking. And last but not least, you had to pay for a yearly membership (thus excluding tourists and the occasional rider).

But hope has arrived! This past September, DC launched Capital Bikeshare. With 1,100 bikes and 100 docking stations throughout the city and Northern Virginia, it’s the largest bike share program in the U.S. And you can pay for a day, a month or a year. In the past month and a half, I’ve already seen more people using the new bikes than I ever saw using the SmartBikes.

Keep in mind, you have to bring your own helmet. And the two bike share programs aren’t combined, so don’t think you can rent a bike from one program and return it to a docking station for the other. I’m not sure what the city plans on doing with the old program, but I suspect it will completely disappear soon.

Below is a promo video that explains how to get a bike. Happy peddling!

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