Velo Across DC – Bike Share Explained

Posted on Monday, May 09, 2016

Well perhaps Mr. Wells has a point. Bicycling is something very odd. It is exhilarating. There is just something so rewarding about riding through a city. Powered by your own determination and will, you set the rate of motion and course of exploration like conducting an orchestra of metal with each pedal stroke you take, the streets are your Carnegie Hall. The mixture of brick, steel and glass just seem more vibrant at this viewpoint and everything is put into perspective. The birds sound clearer and the smell of the pizza shop on the corner is ever enticing. Washington, D.C. offers a lot to discover and although Metro is convenient and somewhat affordable, for $7 a month, Capital Bike Share offers so much more.
        
  With an annual membership of $85 dollars, you have access to over 2000 bikes and 350 stations but before I get into it’s true value, I will explain bike share. Bike share implies just what you think, you share a bike, or maybe it’s more accurate to say you share 2000 bikes. This means you have access to any one of those bikes for 30 minutes at a time, to get from point A to point B, always docking the bike at one of the 350 bike share stations. So…24 hours a day, 7 days a week you have access to reliable transportation for the same monthly price of a Netflix account.

          The independence that this system creates is incredible. However, owning your own bike would be even better, although for some the cost is just too high and repairing a bike can be troublesome. Bike Share helps balance that with just one cost and it’s ease of use. If a bike is damaged or needs mechanical repair, simply dock it at the nearest station and a Capital Bike Share tech with scoop it up and repair it, at no cost to you. I will disclaim that if you do use the bike longer than 30 minutes at a time you will incur trip fees per every 30 minutes that you keep it. This is to ensure that the system is in fact, about sharing. To avoid this, simply dock the bike and check it out immediately after and you receive a fresh 30 minutes to continue on your exploration.

          To conclude, I will let JFK do the talking, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”