Since the launch of the Capital Bikeshare Scheme in September 2010, the bright red aluminum bikes are increasing in number and becoming a real local presence, with over 1,670 of its signature cruisers at 75 stations throughout the city and suburbs.
Each station will begin the day with about ten bikes and five empty docking spaces. Membership is required to rent; daily ($5) or three-day ($15) memberships can be purchased directly at the bike stations, while longer memberships are available online at www.capitalbikeshare.com.
Members can check on the website (and its app) for how many bikes are available and how many docking stations are open for returning bicycles at any given moment. Helmets are not provided.
The pricing structure is designed to encourage short journeys rather than longer leisure trips—the
first 30 minutes are free and additional costs kick in after that. (You wouldn’t want to ride the whole day, for example—for six hours, the price for six hours
would be $86.)
If the bike isn’t returned within 24 hours, it will be considered stolen and will incur a replacement fee of $1,000.