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, Alexandria and Montgomery County. 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.

Arlington Resident Cash Payment Option

Arlington County now accepts cash payments from Arlington residents for Capital Bikeshare memberships and user fees. This one-year (2015) pilot program is designed to make access to Capital Bikeshare easier for Arlingtonians who don’t have a credit or debit card, or prefer to pay cash, to join.

Arlington residents can sign-up for a Capital Bikeshare membership at any of Arlington’s five Commuter Store locations. You must bring a current government-issued photo ID with your Arlington address shown, such as a driver's license. Or you can show your passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Employment Authorization Card along with a copy of a utility bill dated within the past 60 days with your name and Arlington address. Accounts can be opened with as little as $16 in cash toward the standard price of an annual membership with monthly installments. This covers the $8 per month membership fee plus usage fees for trips beyond the first free 30 minutes. Another option is to pay $100 in cash for the annual membership cost of $85, and the remaining $15 will be used towards usage fees.

Commuter Store staff will register customers and provide a member fob to begin using Capital Bikeshare immediately. Arlington will debit cash members accounts with monthly membership and usage fees as they occur and notify them when their account credit runs low in order to add more money.

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 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

CASA animated station map

Follow Capital Bikeshare on Facebook and Twitter

Other bikesharing programs -- New York Citibike, Seattle Pronto, Philadelphia Indego, Boston Hubway, Chicago Divvy, Des Moines B-Cycle, Minnesota Nice Ride, Montreal Bixi, 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?

May is National Bike Month. Bicycling five miles takes 30 minutes or less, and 60% of all trips are less than five miles.

League of American Cyclists

Bicycle Friendly Business Program

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