In August 2008, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction in North America to launch a bikesharing system. SmartBike D.C. offered 120 bikes at 10 stations in downtown D.C. and the Center City. Approximately 1,600 people joined SmartBike D.C. during its 2 years of operation.
Meanwhile, Arlington County, VA was working on its own plans for a bikesharing system. Together, Arlington and the District reviewed proposals and selected an operator for a new bikesharing system in May 2010. Over two years the two jurisdictions established the regional Captial Bikeshare system, with 200+ stations and 1800+ bikes providing over 24,000 annual members with alternative transportation.
In August 2012, Alexandria, VA is launching an expansion as the newest member of the Capital Bikeshare community. Working together, the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and Alexandria are proud to bring expansive, regional transportation to the Capital with over 1800+ bikes and 200+ stations.
The development of Capital Bikeshare was supported by many partners, including:
- Arlington County Commuter Services of Arlington County, VA
- District of Columbia Department of Transportation
- Local Motion, Alexandria, VA
- Transportation & Environmental Services, Alexandria, VA
- Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Bikeshare Equipment Manufacturer
- Public Bike System Company (or Bixi)
- MetroBike, LLC
In 2012, Arlington County completed a comprehensive 6 year plan for Capital Bikeshare in Arlington. This “Transit Development Plan” includes an overview of the Capital Bikeshare program, the State of the Practice, an expansion plan and a financial plan. The plan was developed with extensive public input at all stages.
Final versions of the executive summary and the complete plan are available for download below.