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Capital Bikeshare Announces New e-Bike Pilot

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Capital Bikeshare Announces New e-Bike Pilot
New vehicles begin service September 5

(Washington, DC) –Capital Bikeshare is launching a pilot project that will add approximately 80 e-bikes to the fleet.

new e-bikes, known as Capital Bikeshare Plus, are battery operated pedal-assist bicycles that will offer another affordable solution to get around quickly and easily. The e-bikes go into service Wednesday, September 5, 2018 with the same fee as existing Capital Bikeshare vehicles.

over 4,300 bikes across 500 plus stations in the District, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, VA, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Capital Bikeshare is the most reliable, convenient way to navigate the region.

"Mayor Bowser, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Capital Bikeshare are excited to unveil the new bikes," said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “The Mayor stresses innovation and we are always looking for ways to improve the system. Our riders will now have the opportunity to commute longer distances with a little more power behind the pedal.”

The e-bike pilot, which will run through November, will integrate seamlessly with the existing Capital Bikeshare system and e-bikes can be docked at any Capital Bikeshare station. Riders will be able to unlock the distinctive black e-bikes using their Capital Bikeshare key fob, or from the app, whether they are a current CaBi member or a casual rider purchasing a single trip or 24-hour pass.

"Capital Bikeshare Plus will be a fun experience for both existing members and new users alike," said DDOT Capital Bikeshare Manager Kim Lucas. "For those trying the system for the first time, they can also take advantage of Capital Bikeshare’s First Ride Free promotion available for new users in app."

To learn more about the Capital Bikeshare system and the app, visit www.CapitalBikeshare.com.