Take To The Streets With Bikeshare


WMATA wants to close early on the weekends to save money. The DC Circulator is cutting routes and raising fares. The H Street trolley project has lagged…and lagged.

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.

Yesterday LivingSocial launched one of the best coupons I’ve seen yet: 50 percent off an annual membership for Capital Bikeshare, DC’s shared bicycle system.

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.

Capital Bikeshare has a free smartphone app so you can see the map of bike stations and track bike availability. There’s even a rental timer so you can keep track of usage costs.

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.

There’s one day left before the coupon expires. The deal is on, so get it here. It’s definitely a steal for those who want a new – and perhaps easier – way to explore the city.

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About Meg Biallas

Thoughts From A DC Intern Turned DCist. A twenty-something goes beyond traditional tourism to achieve Washingtonian authenticity.
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