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Capital Bikeshare Launches New Daily Key Membership

(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.

Montgomery County Signs Bikeshare Contract; 50 Stations to be Installed Later This Year

On April 24, Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) signed a contract with Alta Bicycle Share that will bring the popular Capital Bikeshare program to Montgomery County. The contract provides for equipment purchase and operating costs in two areas of the County. About 20 bike stations with 200 bikes will be installed in the Rockville and Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center area. Thirty stations with 250 bikes will be located in the Downcounty along both of the Red Line Metrorail corridors between the District of Columbia and the beltway. Areas include Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Medical Center.

“Bikesharing can be a cost-effective, healthy way to provide better transportation connections that reduce the need to drive for short trips, provide efficient links to transit and reduce traffic congestion. Since bikesharing is low-cost and available 24/7, it may be particularly helpful for low-income residents, many of whom hold multiple jobs and try to participate in job training programs,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We expect the bikeshare program to significantly expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for all our residents.”

Montgomery County’s bikeshare program will operate seamlessly with other Capital Bikeshare programs throughout the region. MCDOT’s top priority is to ensure the safety of riders by locating stations in areas with safe connections to activity centers and other stations, including bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks, or on streets that are less congested by traffic. MCDOT is working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on locating bikeshare stations at each of the Metrorail stations in the areas to be served.

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board approved a $1.3 million Federal Transit Administration grant to Montgomery County to establish the Mid-County bikesharing program. The County’s local match for the grant is $553,000, covering some equipment and operating costs for two years. The City of Rockville is also providing $300,000 in local matching funds. Other project supporters include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; MontgomeryWorks; Montgomery College; The Universities at Shady Grove; Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County campus; Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; City of Gaithersburg and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the Mid-County program is to establish whether bikesharing is feasible in suburban centers outside a central city setting and whether bikesharing can provide a viable transportation option to low-income residents and employees.

Proposed locations for the bikeshare stations include the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations; Rockville Town Center; King Farm; Fallsgrove; the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center; Montgomery College, Rockville campus; The Universities at Shady Grove; and Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County campus.

For the Downcounty bikeshare program, MCDOT received a $1,008,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation. The County also received $252,000 in private sector funding commitments to meet the requirement for local matching funds. The Downcounty system is expected to expand the reach of Metrorail and other transit; provide low-cost transportation options in the most urbanized and congested portion of Montgomery County; help get people out of their cars for short trips; and produce environmental and health benefits while enhancing economic activity.

Bikesharing provides short-term bicycle rentals at self-service, automated, solar-powered docking stations sited at publicly-accessible locations. Bikes may be picked up at one location and returned to another, creating a system that allows for one-way trips. Bikeshare is considered ideal for short trips of less than five miles. Trips under 30 minutes are included in the membership fee, while longer trips are charged based on their duration.

The Mid-County and Downcounty stations are expected to be installed by the end of the summer. More information on the region’s bikeshare system is available at www.capitalbikeshare.com.

Capital Bikeshare Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare celebrates its second birthday, marking the end of a very successful year that saw the addition of more stations in the District and Arlington, and most recently, the City of Alexandria. Alexandria kicked off the birthday celebration with an official Launch Party on Wednesday, and today it is Capital Bikeshare Day, by proclamation, in both DC and Arlington.

New Survey Finds Capital Bikeshare Members Drive Less and Save Big

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare members save an average of $891 per year and collectively reduce their driving miles by 5 million per year. These are just some of the findings from an extensive report released today regarding the annual survey of members of the regional bikesharing program. The report contains detailed insight on how people are using Capital Bikeshare to get around in the District and Arlington, the impact of the program and the satisfaction of users.

Capital Bikeshare Launches Online Helmet Sales and Annual Monthly Installment Memberships

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare announced two new initiatives today as part of its continuing effort to ensure the system is safe and affordable. Members will now have the option to purchase helmets at a reasonable cost online and to pay for annual memberships in smaller, monthly installments. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Arlington County believe these new programs will encourage greater helmet use by members and help eliminate the financial barrier for some potential members by providing annual memberships at a low monthly rate.

Capital Bikeshare Launches Pilot with Back on My Feet DC

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare and Back on My Feet DC announced the launch of their pilot partnership, in which Capital Bikeshare will offer $50 annual memberships to 10 qualified Back on My Feet DC Members.

Capital Bikeshare Launches Bank on DC Partnership Program

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare, in conjunction with Bank on DC, United Bank and the District Government Employees Federal Credit Union (DGEFCU), announced the launch of its Bank on DC program, which will offer $50 annual memberships to unbanked individuals who sign up for a debit or credit account at United Bank or DGEFCU. In addition, existing Bank on DC members will also be offered the $50 annual membership rate.

Capital Bikeshare introduces 3-Day Pass, New Price Structure for Casual Members

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Capital Bikeshare announced several changes to its membership offerings, revised the cost of its 24-hour membership and introduced a new pricing structure for casual members.

Capital Bikeshare hits 1 Million Rides on First Anniversary

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare has more to celebrate today than a very successful year on its first anniversary. The popular bikesharing system hit 1 million rides this morning, marking two significant milestones on one day.

Capital Bikeshare Birthday Bash September 22

Public Invited to FREE Festivities on September 22

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare celebrates its one-year anniversary on September 20, punctuating a tremendously successful debut. Since its launch in 2010, the bikesharing system has attracted over 17,000 members, logged nearly one million trips and amassed a total of 116 stations and 1,100 bicycles in the District and Arlington, VA, with more than 60 additional stations on the way.

Capital Bikeshare Launches Summertime Competition to Reward “Reverse Riders”

(Washington, D.C.) Don’t go with the flow this summer—do the opposite and it could pay off. That’s what Capital Bikeshare will be telling its members soon. The regional bikesharing network is launching a Reverse Rider Rewards competition on June 1 to support the system’s rebalancing and redistribution efforts.

New Capital Bikeshare Stations Coming To Rosslyn & Courthouse This Week

Arlington County Rolls into Spring with New Capital Bikeshare Stations

  • Successful Program Expands to Rosslyn, Courthouse
  • Four new stations operational April 13
  • 30 stations, 200 bikes to be added overall in 2011

Capital Bikeshare Boasts Near Record Ridership in February

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare has more than survived its first winter, it has thrived thanks in part to strong participation in the regional bikesharing system’s Winter Weather Warrior Contest. 900 annual members participated in the contest, taking nearly 30,000 trips in two months, and Capital Bikeshare posted near ridership totals in the month of February.

Capital Bikeshare, Largest Bikeshare Program in the United States, Rolls Out in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA

Newest Regional Transportation System Launched With Much Fanfare and Anticipation

(Washington, D.C.) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Polly Trottenberg, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D, DC), Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette, District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein, and other local and regional partners, representatives, supporters and bike enthusiasts launched the highly anticipated regional bikeshare system, Capital Bikeshare, today.

District and Arlington to Rollout Capital Bikeshare This Fall

Name Selected For Regional Bike Sharing Program

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Arlington County have selected “Capital Bikeshare” as the name for the new regional bike sharing program. Capital Bikeshare will launch later this year with roughly 1100 bikes at 114 stations in the District and Arlington, and will be the largest of its kind in the US.

District of Columbia and Arlington Launch Regional Bike Sharing Program

Adrian M. Fenty, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein today announced a joint effort to expand bike sharing tenfold in the Washington area.

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein today announced a joint effort to expand bike sharing tenfold in the Washington area. Both Arlington and the District have each signed contracts for what will become a regional bike sharing system later this year.