My inner 12-year-old rejoices. My outer 33-year old says:
1. I’ll believe it when I see it.
2. This creates far more problems than it solves.
After the buildup and the fanfare, my interest was piqued enough to go all in with the new Capital Bikeshare for the discounted annual membership ($50). This weekend, I got my keycard and a new helmet, and I was ready to try it out on the ride home yesterday. It was smooth and easy, and I’m ready for more.
Yesterday’s ride was from 4th and Massachusetts, just a block from the office, to the Dupont north metro. I’m still waiting for the stations in Georgetown to be built (CaBi opened with about 40 stations in DC, but is putting up several new ones per week), as it is only a partial commute solution right now.
On my selected route, going north on 5th and west on R, I was in designated bike lanes for almost the entire trip (thanks Mayor Fenty), and the commute was a welcome change from how hectic the bus and metro rides can be. Having never commuted by bike before, I loved
The mechanics of the system are smooth, as the keycard unlocks the bike of your choice, and you can look ahead of time to see which stations have available bikes for you to take, or open docks for you to park. My only drawback was that when I got to 20th and Mass Ave, all of the docks were full, so I had to move on to 21st and M Street to park. I’ve since picked up the SpotCycle app, which will give me a chance to look ahead at parking options, but I think that some stations will require frequent redistribution by CaBi staff.
I’m antsy for more stations to open up, not only for increased range, but for increased station density. But so far, so good, and I’m ready to head out of the office and hop back onto a bike for ride number 2!Tweet