DDOT Upgrades Bikeshare System with New Mobile App

The District Department of Transportation and its six partner jurisdictions said that electrically-powered bicycles or “e-bikes” will be returning to the Capital Bikeshare system this spring with a new mobile application that will include a hybrid locking technology.

[Above photo by DDOT.]

Capital Bikeshare – launched in September 2010 – provides more than 4,500 bikes at over 575 across seven jurisdictions: Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, and the City of Falls Church in Virginia; and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland.

Photo by DDOT

“The return of the e-bikes is part of ongoing efforts to improve active transportation and mobility in the District,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian in a February 21 statement. “These new and improved e-bikes will allow Capital Bikeshare riders to lock the bikes to bike racks at their destination, allowing unprecedented accessibility across all eight wards of the District.”

Some 1,500 e-bikes will be added to the existing Capital Bikeshare fleet in a phased roll out throughout the spring, the agency said.

Photo by DDOT

The new e-bikes developed by Lyft will be equipped with hybrid locking technology, allowing riders to either lock the bikes to one of the District’s 5,000 bike racks for a $1 out-of-station fee per trip or dock at a Capital Bikeshare station.

Capital Bikeshare users, including members, will be charged $1 e-bike fee per trip, in addition to the normal trip fees, DDOT said.

The new out-of-station and e-bike fees will cover the additional costs associated with recharging and rebalancing the system when bikes are not docked at a Capital Bikeshare station, the agency added – noting that those fees will not apply to members in the Community Partners Program, which is Capital Bikeshare’s equity program, or customers riding classic Capital Bikeshare bikes.

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