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Capital Bikeshare Free Membership

Capital BikeshareDC Government employees are eligible for a FREE annual Capital Bikeshare membership (regularly $95). Free membership includes an unlimited number of free 45-minute rides on Classic bikes and a  discount on ebike trips. After member discount, ebikes cost $0.10 per minute to ride. In addition, ebikes incur a $2 fee if locked to bike racks rather than parked at a station, and trips must end inside the ebike service area.  Learn more about Capital Bikeshare pricing and usage fees.

About Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare is a District-owned transportation system that includes thousands of bikes and more than 300 stations in DC, and hundreds more in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. Bikes include Classic red Bikeshare bikes, and new black ebikes that give an automatic boost when you pedal, making climbing hills and biking long distances easier.  Whether you ride for work or for play, Capital Bikeshare gives you a new, healthy and environmentally friendly transportation option!

How do I sign up?

How can Capital Bikeshare help me?

  • Get exercise while you commute to work or travel around town 
  • Save money on transit fares, parking and other transportation expenses 
  • Expand your lunch options with quicker access than walking 
  • Get there faster with dedicated bike lanes and conveniently placed stations 
  • Connect to transit for quick first-mile or last-mile access 
  • Take advantage of built-in lights, secure docks, a front basket and more features 

How does Capital Bikeshare work?

  • Capital Bikeshare is a bike-sharing system that gives you access to a fleet of bikes, 24 hours a day. 
  • The first 45 minutes of the ride on Classic bikes is free; $0.05 per minute usage fees are incurred on individual trips over 45 minutes. Your annual membership includes an unlimited number of Classic bike trips. 
  • Ebikes have a $0.10 per minute usage fee for members.  Ebikes may also be locked to bike racks for an additional $2 free.  Locking ebikes at Bikeshare Stations is free.
  • Either use the Capital Bikeshare App to unlock bikes, or use your key at any bike dock. When the green light appears, firmly pull the handlebars toward you to release the bike. 
  • Return the bike to any station. Push the front wheel firmly into an empty dock, and wait for the green light.  Ebikes may be locked to bike racks with the cable lock on the back of the bike for a $2 parking fee. Classic bikes must be returned to stations or will incur lost bike fees ($250). 
  • Download the free Capital Bikeshare app to find available bikes/stations.
  • If you’d like to hone your bicycling skills, sign up for a Learn to Ride or City Cycling class with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.