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District Department of Transportation

Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare e-bike on green bike lane

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s bikesharing program, in partnership with Arlington County, the City of AlexandriaMontgomery CountyFairfax CountyPrince George's County, and the City of Falls Church, is called Capital Bikeshare.

With Capital Bikeshare you can take a bicycle from more than 700 stations across the Washington, DC, metro region and return it to any station near your destination. Check out a bike for your trip to work, Metro, run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family.

Join Capital Bikeshare for 24 hours, 30 days, a year, or for a single trip and have access to our fleet of bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The first 45 minutes of each trip are free. Each additional minute incurs an additional fee. Since its launch in September 2010, riders have taken over 27 million trips. Download the mobile app for real-time bike availability.

The stations are solar powered and use wireless technology to allow for easy installation and adjustments. Help Capital Bikeshare grow by suggesting station locations online.

Capital Bikeshare is the successor to DDOT's first bikesharing system called Smartbike DC, which launched in August 2008 with ten stations and 100 bikes.

Bikeshare Development Plans

DDOT updated its plan for the District’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare system in 2020. This plan was drafted to create goals for the program, describe measures that track progress toward goal achievement, analyze how well the system is performing, generate system expansion scenarios and financial forecasts for the near term, and recommend an expansion strategy for the next six years that best meets the goals and addresses system performance gaps.  

Read: The Final Report Below.

To inquire about the Capital Bikeshare program, please email [email protected].