How Capital Bikeshare has grown
When the District and Arlington County launched Capital Bikeshare in 2010, it began with one van moving 300 bikes per day between 100 stations. Three years later, the service has swelled to one million rides so far in 2013. Rebalancing bikes is now a 20-hour job with six vans as the program struggles to accommodate mass interest among both residents and tourists. Capital Bikeshare has expanded every area of its business including doubling the number of stations and has more plans to grow in the coming years. Even though subscribers account for the most trips, the program is also popular among tourists who bring in more revenue riding around the Mall. Read related article.
Stations by popularity
Stations are colored by change in popularity since 2010 and sized by number of riders in the fall 2012.
- More popular
- Less popular
- Built after December 2010
Capital Bikeshare has expanded to more than 200 stations and plans to add 40 new stations by 2015. Bike trips have more than doubled since 2010 and follow a seasonal pattern. Dupont Circle has been the most popular station since 2010. Three-fourths of stations are in the District with the rest in Arlington County, Alexandria and others. Later this year, Bikeshare will expand to Montgomery County.
Trips each season
Ridership drops in the winter.
Trips between stations in one week
Lines on the map indicate trips taken in one week of March 2013.
- Trips by casual users
- Trips by subscribers
Subscribers took almost a million trips so far in 2013, while casual users, usually tourists, took 200,000 trips. Capital Bikeshare benefits from casual users that generate revenue with 24-hour and 3-day memberships. Subscribers pay a yearly fee of $75, which includes unlimited trips under 30 minutes. Saturday is the busiest day for Bikeshare because of a surge in casual users and more riders traveling around the Mall.
Trips by rider type
Saturday is the only day when more casual users than subscribers take rides.
SOURCE: Capital Bikeshare trip history data. GRAPHIC: Darla Cameron contributed to this report.