(Washington, DC) Capital Bikeshare launched a new membership option today in celebration of its 4 millionth trip taken, giving occasional riders the ability to purchase a key for quicker, on-the-go access to bikes at stations throughout the District, Arlington and Alexandria. The Daily Key membership option will cost just $10 and will provide the user with the same key fob currently used by annual and monthly members. All new Daily Key memberships will include one one-day membership.
Ideal for those using the system on an irregular basis, the Daily Key membership can be purchased online at www.capitalbikeshare.com and will allow users to pay for a One-Day membership ($7) simply by using their key to get a bike at any station. Currently, One-Day memberships are only available for purchase with a credit or debit card at a station kiosk.
The Daily Key option is designed to reduce barriers to use, making Capital Bikeshare a more viable option for those using the system on an occasional basis, whether living locally or visiting the region frequently. In an effort to also lessen barriers to use for those purchasing One-Day and 3-Day memberships at station kiosks, Capital Bikeshare has removed the standard $101 authorization hold, which was applied to these short-term membership purchases in the past.
As the Capital Bikeshare system continues to grow, passing the 4 millionth trip mark last Wednesday, it continues to add new stations. DDOT is currently in the process of installing 54 new stations throughout the District, Arlington is adding approximately 30 new stations in 2013 and Alexandria is planning on expanding the City’s number of stations in the coming year.
Capital Bikeshare is a joint program of Arlington, the District Department of Transportation, and the City of Alexandria to bring bikesharing, public transportation using bicycles, to area residents and visitors. Launched on September 20, 2010, Capital Bikeshare is a network of docking stations and specially-built bikes. Members use an electronic key fob to check out a bike, ride to a destination served by the network, and return the bike to another docking station. For more information about Capital Bikeshare, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com.