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Bike Share: Capital Bikeshare

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Establishing a successful bike share program


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Capital Bikeshare station in Washington DC (Photo:

Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) includes a fleet of over 2,500 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.  As of 2013, CaBi had 22,200 members.  CaBi began in 2010, and in 3 years of operation riders took more than 6 million trips. Memberships start at $7 per day or $75 per year. The system is owned by the participating jurisdictions and is operated by Alta Bicycle Share. The system is the successor of the smaller SmartBike D.C. program that was in operation between 2008 and 2010 with 120 bikes in ten stations. CaBi members report increased bike use and lower overall transportation costs. CaBi’s largest share of revenue comes from casual users or tourists who purchase daily passes.


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Capital Bikeshare riders in Washington DC (Photo:

Bike sharing systems consist of a fleet of shared bicycles often accessible with an electronic key or fob. Bicycles are docked at network of stations sited at regular intervals around a city, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. Bike sharing is growing rapidly. In the US, 2013 had a 90% increase in new bike sharing systems over the previous year. As of 2013, 678 cities worldwide have deployed bike share systems. In addition, 186 cities worldwide are planning future bike share systems (Metrobike.)

Project Location :

Washington DC, Arlington and Alexandria, VA, Montgomery Country, MD

Development Context:





Local Governments: Arlington County Commuter Services of Arlington County, VA, BikeArlington, District of Columbia Department of Transportation, goDCgo, Local Motion, Alexandria, VA, Transportation & Environmental Services, Alexandria, VA, Montgomery Country, MD
Operator: Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Bikeshare Equipment Manufacturer: Public Bike System Company (PBSC)
Consultants: MetroBike, LLC
Funders: Federal Highways Administration, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

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