Capital Bikeshare is DC, Virginia, and Maryland’s bike share system, and the first large scale bikeshare in the nation. Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) has thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations across Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Tysons, Reston, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Best of all, it’s available 24/7.
CaBi consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy and durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations throughout the city. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making them ideal for one-way trips. People use bike share to commute to work, meet friends for dinner, or simply cruise around and see new sights. After signing up, all trips under 30 minutes are free.
The CaBi App lets you purchase rides, unlock a bike, and ride right away. You can also view all station locations, see available bikes and docks, and get walking directions to them to start your ride.
The Capital Bikeshare app also shows upcoming public transit departures, including WMATA Metrorail, Metrobus, and shuttle lines, DC Circulator buses, Fairfax Connector buses, Montgomery RideOn buses, Alexandria DASH buses, Prince George’s County TheBus buses, Arlington Regional Transit buses, VRE trains, and the Silver Line Express.
Within the app, you can purchase the following:
Come September, Capital Bikeshare will be providing support for devices using iOS 13 or later. While you may still be able to install Capital Bikeshare on an older device or OS, you will be using an old version of the app and may miss out on support or new features.
Ratings and Reviews
They try - to a certain extent!
I was very pleased with how the app worked. Just a few simple essential functions but they worked well. The live map was accurate and the trip mapping function worked well.
Yes, not all of the bikes are perfect (fix those loose headsets!), and the docks don’t always work (which can be discouraging when you finally reach your destination and hope to ditch the bike like a hot potato and you find the only empty docks are not working), but most everything worked well enough, enough of the time for this user who was there for a few days as a tourist. And customer service was right there to take any phone calls with questions.
Unless you want to try the scooters, which look like an easier and more fun way to get around, the whole BikeShare system is pretty awesome. A great alternative to taking the Metro or using a car. The 30 minute time limit is sufficient to get from one place to another if you are a tourist exploring different parts of the city.
Great Simple Useful.
I found this app easy to use and extremely useful. Most helpful features for me is locating nearby bikes And the confirmation notification that comes when immediately upon docking the bike I found that most status data on breaks and docs available was accurate however a couple were way off. Another useful feature is the stopwatch starting immediately after the bike is checked out. The most desirable feature that isn’t implemented is being able to locate key dispensers. The online web based map shows that info but the app does not include it at all if you need to find a key dispenser forget about using the app for that.
A Bad Start With A Happy Ending
Had a HORRIBLE experience with renting my bike and ending the trip docking it. Was a little disappointed with how difficult it was for a newcomer to try to rent a bike for only half an hour, but this entire experience was negated by one of the most superior customer service experiences I’ve ever had.
Marie (I definitely want to give her a shoutout!) spoke with me on the phone and was not only patient, but went above and beyond what I expected customer service would be for a $2 bike ride around DC. I had an issue docking my bike, and she was able to talk to upper management (without me even having to ask) and calm my fears as a first time user of the service.
Now that I’m aware of how the system works, I would definitely recommend renting a bike through this company in the city (especially if you want to put in the exercise and save money over Uber, scooters, and other ride share/renting services).
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