Aside from those frustrations, DC transportation isn’t that difficult – even for the average tourist. The metro system is (usually) clean, efficient, though not always in working order.
However, there are routes that are just not convenient for the metro – or the bus. And while walking is great, sometimes it’s just quicker to ride — ride your bike, that is.
Quick backstory: Capital Bikeshare (nicknamed “CaBi”) launched last fall, and it was a major hit. (It was originally started under the name SmartBike DC in 2008). Today, there are 1,100 bikes spread over 100 stations, with more stations being added this year. Enviro-friendly fact: stations are powered by solar panels.
While we’re talking DC transit, definitely read the local transit news: Greater Greater Washington, Beyond DC, The Wash Cycle and Unsuck DC Metro are good bets on everything that involves wheels, rails, or feet.
I’ve been hesitant to buy a bike in DC, because stolen bikes are so common. This rental system is smart, and usage is definitely on the rise among commuters.