First Key Fob Dispensing Bikeshare Station Now Open Downtown – Cool New Map Feature Too

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2017 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

via Capital Bikeshare

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) unveiled the first key fob dispensing Capital Bikeshare station in the District of Columbia.

The new technology allows Bikeshare members to pick up a fob at the station, instead of waiting for new or replacement fobs to arrive via mail.

The new station is located at 15th Street NW and M Street NW, an intersection with two protected bike lanes. With this station, DC joins Arlington and Montgomery County who have already launched key fob dispensing at select stations.

To find other key fob dispensing stations, visit the Capital Bikeshare system map. The black fob decal indicates key fob dispensing stations.

Riders will also notice new map panels at Bikeshare Stations. The maps features:

Visual and bilingual step-by-step instructions for renting a bike;
A broader view of the city in relation to the station location; and
A radial key that provides ride time estimates.

The maps are prototypes. They will continue to be reviewed and updated to ensure they provide the most-needed information to the best scale and format possible. Feedback is welcome and can be submitted to [email protected] (Header ‘Map Panel Feedback’).

Along with new stations, Capital Bikeshare is now offering riders ‘day key’ short-term memberships. Visit capitalbikeshare.com/pricing/day-passes for more information.

The new station maps and key fob dispensing technology is part of the District’s three-year Capital Bikeshare expansion plan. To learn more about the system, the three-year plan, and other new additions, including the new ‘day key’ short-term memberships, visit https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/.”

  • J

    From where I sit Bikeshare does such a good job. Could always be more stations but all interactions I’ve had with them have been great – staff always super helpful and good to see them improving service with things like this. Only complaint I’ve ever hear is that it takes some people forever to get fobs.

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  • Commentator

    It would be nice if the maps were able to include the Central Business District boundaries with the information that biking is not legal on the sidewalks within (excluding national parks). I think a lot of tourists pick up bikes and have no idea that this is the case.

  • E

    Good service and nice improvement to it. But seems like they could have aimed slightly higher with — say — the ability to use your phone/app to access bikes.

  • Mr. Magoo

    I trekked over to Pentagon City to pick up a fob from a dispensing machine a few weeks ago. It will be nice to have one in the District. Capitol Bikeshare is great, and I’m fortunate to live near a station that generally has good availability, even weekday mornings. It would be great if CB could increase “free” time to 45 minutes or an hour. While I know that would eat into some revenue, I think that would be somewhat offset by increased tourist and leisure usage.

    • JoDa

      Oh, they get most of their revenue from tourists who don’t understand how it works. Stroll over to their FB page sometime and see the butthurt from tourists who kept the bikes out for 6-8 hours and then showed up to complain that they “didn’t understand” that they had to return the bikes every 30 minutes, despite clear signage. Bumping the “free” allowance to 45 minutes seems like a fine idea, but it won’t cut into their revenue stream of tourists who don’t bother to read.


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