A Visitor’s Guide to Bikeshares in Washington, DC
If you take a walk in downtown Washington, DC, you can’t help but notice all the bicycles! DC has become a bike-friendly city with more than 80 miles of bike lanes.
Visiting the city and want to feel the wind on your face? Bike sharing makes it easy to explore the city on two wheels.
There are at least seven bikeshare companies with wheels on the DC roads today, including 3-speed bikes, electric-assist bicycles, and electric scooters. There are two types of bikeshares: docking and dockless.
Ranked by how easy it is for a visitor to start pedaling, here are the options to hit the road under your own power.
1. Capital Bikeshare (docking bikes)
Capital Bikeshare’s docking bicycles are the most convenient for visitors. To use one, all you need is a credit card. And they are easy to find! There are more than 500 docking stations in the Capital Bikeshare system, which extends beyond the city limits into the DC metro area. You can return the bike to any dock in the system — no round trip necessary! Rent a Capital Bikeshare bike for $2 for a trip under 30 minutes, or $8 for a day pass. Visit the website for suggested scenic rides if you want to do more than get from Point A to Point B. You can also download the app to your smartphone, but you do not need a Capital Bikeshare account to use their bikes.