To the naked eye, W20167 is just another apple-red Capital Bikeshare bike, but Dupont Circle resident Mike Azar, 29, knows better. By crunching publicly released data by Capital Bikeshare, Azar identified W20167 as the hardest working bicycle in the Capital Bikeshare fleet, logging 483 hours during 1,567 rides last year.
“That’s a lot of rides — about 130 per month, compared to the average bike’s 86” says Azar, an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, who posted his findings on his blog.
The data on W20167 show that the James Brown of bikes has spent a lot of time circulating between some of Bikeshare’s most popular stations, including Union Station, Dupont Circle, and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It also went on some epic rides, including one that was nearly 12 hours long.
Capital Bikeshare spokesman Nate Graham applauds W20167’s work ethic.
“That’s a bike that’s constantly in action, always on the move and ready to roll,” he says. “It’s attracted to high ridership areas downtown to avoid being stationary.”
It wasn’t always that way, he adds. In 2012, less than a week after joining the fleet, W20167 was involved in a low-speed collision. “It received some shop treatment and was back on the road a few weeks later,” Graham says. Not long after, someone vandalized its seat. “There was some unwelcome paint on the saddle,” he recalls.
Since then, Bikeshare’s hardest working bike has circulated without incident. It was last spotted Thursday morning near National’s stadium, but it’s unlikely to stay put for long.