Don’t have a bike but need one to go around? Try Bikeshare!
Capital Bikeshare or CaBi is a wonderful bicycle sharing system serving Washington D.C, Alexandria and Arlington County in Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland. The bikes and stations are owned by the local governments involved and operated in partnership with some private firms.
It is the largest bicycle sharing service in United States having over 2,800 bikes operating from 288 stations. Two years after it opened in September 2010, almost 25,000 individuals have enrolled in the system and 2.3 million trips have been recorded.
The main concept of Bikeshare is to provide a means for affordable access to bikes for short-distance trips in urban areas as a great alternative to motor powered public and private vehicles, which therefore reduces road congestion and air and noise pollution. Also, it solves the last-mile problem of people and connect them to public transport stations.
Since rental stations are fully automated — from renting and returning bikes, reporting damaged or malfunctioning units, to billing, people will find it easy and convenient to make use of the system. They just have to enroll in the system, pay a small fee, and take one of the red-colored aluminum unisex bikes complete with multiple gears, a headlight, tail lights, a front basket, and an adjustable seat. People can ride pretty much wherever they want then return the bike to any of the 288 stations operating 24/7.
Truly, Bikeshare is not just a fun and convenient method of transportation but also an enjoyable way to get some exercise, and a great opportunity to contribute to the environment as the stations are powered by solar panels.