Sunday, September 19, 2010

A New Way to Get Around DC

What if I were to tell you that there is a convenient method of transportation that would allow you to zip around town, flying past gridlocked traffic, at very low cost, on a zero-emissions vehicle that you can use without any kind of computerized reservation, and that you can pick up at any of dozens of locations (most near Metro stations) and leave at the location nearest your destination.  You'd think, "How is this possible?"

The answer is bike sharing, and it starts on Monday, Sept. 20 here in DC. Capital Bikeshare is signing up members now.  You can join for a $50 annual membership fee, or give it a one-month trial for $25, or pay $5 for a one-day trial. Once you're registered, Capital Bikeshare will mail you a key that unlocks any of its available bikes, which you can then ride for up to a half hour for free. (The next half hour is only a buck and a half.) You'd need to be an awfully slow biker to need more than an hour to get from point A to point B almost anywhere in the District.

Bike sharing is an energy-saving concept underwritten by local governments (DC and Arlington County) as well as the Federal Highways Administration, Crystal City Business Improvement District, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Potomac Yard Transportation Management Area. Capital BikeShare's FAQ page has the answers to most questions about how bike sharing works. 

We'd like to hear directly from users.  Are you planning to sign up?  Let us know how it goes! 

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