Have you been waiting to join Capital Bikeshare, the regional cycling network launched by Arlington County and the District in September? A discount through Living Social may provide the impetus you need.
The company’s Daily Deal is offering Capital Bikeshare annual memberships for $37. That’s more than half off the normal price of $75, and even better than the $25 discount offered when the service first began.
You can also sign up for a month for $12 (discounted from the normal fee of $25). The Living Social Web site says there are two days remaining in the deal. The service offers 1,100 bicycles in at more than 100 stations Arlington and the District.
Capital BikeShare also offers a 24-hour membership for $5.
Members who sign up for longer than a day receive palm-size cards that have bar codes and slip into a slot to release a bike. The first 30 minutes of each ride are free. Then the meter starts running — $1.50 for the next 30 minutes; $3 for the third half-hour; and $6 for each 30-minute period after that. The charges are billed to your credit or debit card.
And the District Department of Transportation says Capital Bikeshare will continue to roll even if the government shuts down, so you’ll still be able to access your wheels.