Gallery: Washington DC’s Bikeshare is So Successful That Bikes are in S...


Launched as a pilot program in August 2008, Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare has been so successful that riders are often left wondering where the bikes are. The program currently has 1,100 bikes at 114 solar-powered stations around the city. Capital Bikeshare has signed on 15,000 yearly members, clocked an amazing 800,000 rides since September (in a city of just 600,000 people), and has saved about 9 million kilograms of carbon emissions. With riders around the city finding many an empty bike rack with no two wheelers to take for a spin, or frequently arriving at their destination to a full rack with no place to drop off their rented ride, DC’s planned expansion this fall is a much anticipated and welcome event.

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  1. skylorjane August 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for explaining the system properly! One serious issue with Capital Bikeshare is that people misunderstand the membership vs. usage fees – many think that the cost is $5 for the entire day!

  2. caeman August 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Good for DC! 15,000 members for only 1100 bikes? Looks like they have a lot more expansion to do.

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