Capital Bikeshare Turns Two Today

From DDOT:

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.

Capital Bikeshare launched on September 20, 2010, and on its first anniversary recorded its 1 millionth ride. Just one year later, the system is now barreling down on 3 million rides, a milestone it expects to reach within the next 3-4 weeks. Capital Bikeshare’s 18,000 annual members and 221,000 casual members to date have taken a total of 2,851,709 rides (through 9/18). The system is currently averaging about 50,000 rides a week and set a one day record for ridership on Saturday, September 15 with 8,717 rides.

More to Come

As Bikeshare enters its third year of operation, it will continue to expand:

· Alexandria plans to expand its network beyond Old Town.

· In the District, expansion will continue steadily with 54 stations to be added by the end of the calendar year and a projected growth of at least 10% per year over the next five years.

· Arlington recently completed a Transit Development Plan for Capital Bikeshare which directs expansion including approximately 30 new stations in 2013, focusing on the neighborhoods of Columbia Pike and Shirlington.

· Montgomery County also expects to join Capital Bikeshare in 2013.

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  • I seem to recall that there were 1 million trips taken last year on this date – the 1 year anniversary. With all the expansion, I wonder why so many fewer rides this year?

  • I’m glad to see more bike ridership and it’s a fabulous idea but most of the people using those bikes are such crappy bikers that it’s difficult to feel truly glad.

    • Capital Bikeshare bikers aren’t any worse than regular bikers. And you know what? They’re all pretty okay since they aren’t drivers.

    • Disagree. I’m a driver and my experience is that BikeShare bikers are more likely to use the bike lanes that have been built for them. Good for everyone.

      • Agree, they are using the bike lanes, but usually going the wrong way. Bad for other bikers and confusing for cars!

        I so wish, as a biker, that the MPD would start enforcing directionality in the bike lanes.

  • As a semi-regular bike commuter (on a bike I own, not bikeshare), the majority of Capital Bikeshare riders I see scare the hell out of me. Not that they’re gonna collide with me, but rather that they’re gonna collide with a 2,000-pound car because they blew through a stop sign without looking or even slowing down. The vast majority of CaBi cyclists I encounter either don’t care about following the rules of the road, or simply don’t know the rules of the road. I cannot believe there haven’t been more accidents yet.

    This is especially apparent in residential neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, where the number of CaBi users who blithely roll through stop signs and red lights is just staggering.

    • I almost never am on capitol hill, but the last time I was there I saw a couple guys on bikeshare bikes just go straight through red lights. Complete idiocy, especially since it wasn’t as if those intersections didn’t have any traffic.

      That being said, at least once a week when I am walking to Metro in the mornings, a bicyclist almost hits me while zooming through a red light at the funky intersection of Fl Ave- W St- 15th- New Hampshire. It’s never been a bikeshare person.

      (and I’m not being anti-bycyclist here, just saying the bad ones come in a variety of shapes and forms).

      • I live, work, and bike around Capitol Hill. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a Bikeshare user blow through a light, though I’m sure it happens. Usually it’s the bike commuters on regular bikes like mine that I see doing it. I wouldn’t say they’re being reckless, typically, but they act more like pedestrians who jaywalk when it’s safe than like cars who wait patiently for the light to change.

    • I commute on a bikeshare bike everyday and am amazed by how many people on high end racing bikes go flying by me as I am stopped at red lights.

    • I agree. But I also think its easier to pick on CaBi riders because the bikes themselves really do stand out. And the person riding badly is often wearing earbuds and no helmet. I’d like to see a city wide campaign encouraging safe and couteous riding as the system expands.


  • What Bike Share needs, more than anything, is empty racks. The problem isn’t empty racks but racks that are too full, especially when you follow the commuter flows. Racks downtown are slammed full when you get there too late in the morning and then the racks in the northern part of the city are all slammed at night.

    Bike Share needs to increase the amount of rack at a rate that is higher than the rate in which they increase the number of bikes on the road. That would make it much more convenient!

  • I use bikeshare too, esp now that my own bike was just stolen. What kind of rocket scientist do they need to program their system so that the number of available bikes shown on their site or the app is the NUMBER OF BIKES THAT ACTUALLY WORK???!!! How many times have i gone to a station thinking I might grab the last of a few left, only to find them broken!

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