(Washington, DC) Capital Bikeshare has more than survived its first winter, it has thrived thanks in part to strong participation in the regional bikesharing system’s Winter Weather Warrior Contest. 900 annual members participated in the contest, taking nearly 30,000 trips in two months, and Capital Bikeshare posted near ridership totals in the month of February.
The contest offered prizes to contestants who kept riding braved the frigid winter months. Averaging over 13 trips a day, Robert Solorzano staged a dramatic finish by overtaking early frontrunner, Michael Hurley. Solorzano’s win was met with surprise as Hurley dominated the leader board for most of the competition, finishing in third place overall. Solorzano claimed the coveted title of Winter Weather Warrior after amassing 780 trips in less than 60 days. He also was rewarded with a three-year membership extension, two annual memberships to give away to friends or family, and $150 in gift cards.
The contest was open to all Capital Bikeshare monthly or annual members who opted in to the competition. In addition to the grand prize winner, over twenty other participants also received prizes from four separate random drawings, a photo contest, placing in the top ten, riding every day throughout the challenge or winning the “Most Saddle Time” or “Longest Haul” titles. Results were posted each Wednesday and were watched closely by participants and spectators alike.
Capital Bikeshare is one of the few bikesharing systems worldwide to stay open throughout the winter months. Bikes are available 24 hours a day all year except in the case of severe weather. Despite several instances of inclement weather conditions, Capital Bikeshare ridership increased 67 percent from December, before the contest began, to February when it ended. There were 48,215 total Bikeshare trips in February almost exactly as many trips as were taken in November (48,217) when the weather was warmer.
Capital Bikeshare is a bikesharing program developed through a partnership between the District Department of Transportation and Arlington County and operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. Memberships are available daily, monthly or annually for access to a fleet of 1,100 bicycles located at over 110 stations across Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA. Additional information about Capital Bikeshare is available at www.capitalbikeshare.com .