Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

During the past few months, I’ve noticed more and more Capital Bikeshare bicycles in situations in which they normally would be seen. Someone taking a bike onto the metro, someone locking one up with a bike lock at a normal bike post (not a docking station), someone sitting in a park with a bike in front of the person, while a Bikeshare dock is about 50 feet away.

For any regular Capital Bikeshare user like myself, this is weird. Capital Bikeshare bikes are way too heavy to schlep one on a metro train and I wouldn’t want to be charged for keeping a bike out when a dock is within sight and I can not be charged.

So this is just weird stuff, out of the norm of typical Bikeshare usage. Are the bikes stolen? Are they just eccentric users who love those bikes so much they can’t possibly have one leave their sight and prefer to be charged for the extra time? Do they have some special code that gets them unlimited, free usage?

I don’t know the answer to these questions. It just seems really strange to me, and I’m wondering what your readers think.”

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