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

November's Member of the Month

While reading over the submissions our members send us in hopes of being selected as the next Member of the Month, we have the tendency to get a bit, well, “overexcited,” from the creativity of our loyal members.
This month’s winner is the epitome of what we mean, and after the awe effect wore off, we had to do a double-take with Phil Y.’s story… or would MacGyver be a more apt name? You be the judge.

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 Posts to Facebook and Twitter would also help Capital Bikeshare track and respond to damaged equipment.