Capital Bikeshare

Bikesharing is public transportation using bicycles. Cities around the world provide bikesharing systems as a transportation option for residents and visitors.

In Arlington, bikesharing is Capital Bikeshare, a joint program of Arlington and the District Department of Transportation. Launched on September 20, 2010, Capital Bikeshare is a network of docking stations and specially-built bikes. Members use an electronic key to check out a bike, ride to a destination served by the network, and return the bike to another docking station. You can sign up online to join for 30 days or a year. 24-hour memberships can be purchased with a credit card at any station kiosk.

Watch the video below for more about how the system works.

Visit the Capital Bikeshare website for more information or to become a member. You can keep up with news about Capital Bikeshare on Facebook and Twitter.

Sponsor Capital Bikeshare

Support clean, green, healthy transportation while getting your organization noticed for giving back to the community. Your organization can be a sponsor of either a Capital Bikeshare station in Arlington or the entire Arlington portion of the regional service. Contact for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Capital Bikeshare Sponsorship Summary (PDF, 713 KB, Adobe Reader required.)

Corporate Membership

A Capital Bikeshare Corporate Membership gives your employees:

  • a quick and simple way to get around throughout the workday
  • an environmentally friendly form of transportation
  • a healthier lifestyle

Capital Bikeshare Corporate Membership flyer (PDF, 5.2 MB, Adobe Reader required)


Photo: Capital Bikeshare riderCapital Bikeshare website

Capital Bikeshare station map -- Check availability of bikes and docks, save the stations you use most often

Planned FY12 expansion map -- Shows where stations are in the works in Arlington

Station Plans -- Diagrams of planned and existing stations in Arlington (PDF)

Spotcycle mobile app -- Find nearby stations and check bike and dock availability with iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices - Bike routing tool incorporating Capital Bikeshare stations

Capital Bikeshare for Layar Reality Browser -- "Augmented reality" mobile app. Find stations, check bike and dock availability with an Android or iPhone 3GS or 4

CASA animated station map

Follow Capital Bikeshare on Facebook and Twitter

Other bikesharing programs -- Boston HubwayChicago B-Cycle, Des Moines B-Cycle, Minnesota Nice Ride, Montreal Bixi, London Barklays Cycle Hire, Paris Vélib'

The Bike-sharing Blog -- More information about bikesharing

"How to Use Capital Bikeshare" Video --

Arlington County Government provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To request a reasonable accommodation for this program, please email or call 703.247.9299 (TDD 711) to discuss your individual needs.

Did You Know?

Adolescents who participate in bicycling more than four times a week are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.

Menschik, D., et al., 2008


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