The Washington Post

Shutdown may be causing spike in short-term bike rentals

The popular Capital Bikeshare program, where riders can rent a bike and drop it off at various locations throughout the region, has seen a spike in its business, officials said, and the federal government shutdown may be playing a role.

On Tuesday, the first full day of the shutdown, Capital Bikeshare had its 18th busiest day — and its busiest Tuesday — ever, with 10,367 rides. The number of riders also set a record: 9,028.

On Wednesday, the Capital BikeShare tallied 10,393 rides — its 17th busiest day ever.  D.C. transportation officials who help manage the program said they can’t say with certainty that the increase in business is related to the government shutdown. They said warm temperatures this week may have had something to do with it too.

“There are a lot of people who are not reporting to work and perhaps this is part of their daily activity, to relieve the stress of what we’re experiencing with the shutdown,” said Reggie Sanders, a spokesman for the District’s Department of Transportation. “They’re getting out of the house and trying to enjoy themselves a little bit and exercise at a low cost.”


Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.