How to use Capital Bikeshare

Biking is a great way to get around the city, whether you’re heading out to dinner, commuting to work, or exploring a new part of the city. It’s less stressful than getting stuck in traffic, and great for your health and the environment, too. Plus, it’s easier than ever, thanks to Capital Bikeshare – with thousands of bikes and stations across metro DC, you can hop on and off just about anywhere.

Using Capital Bikeshare for the first time

It’s easy to get started and get going: all you need to do is unlock a bike, ride it, and park it when you’re done.

And there’s never been a better time to try out a bikeshare: from now until April 20, new users can use the code TRYCABI416B to unlock a bike for free!

Here’s how it works:

Download the app

To find and unlock a bike, you can use the CaBi app, which can be found on the App Store or Google Play. If you already have the Lyft app, you’re good to go!

Find a bike

Next, find the CaBi station that’s nearest to where you are, and a station with empty docks that’s close to your destination. Remember: docking your bike at the end of your ride lets other CaBi users pick up where you hopped off. Your bike can be returned to any station, no matter where you got on!

Choose your ride

Whether you prefer a classic bike or an ebike, there’s a ride for you. When you get to the CaBi station, use the app to scan the QR code on either a classic bike, or to get a bit of a boost with a pedal-assist ebike. Once you scan the code, your bike will unlock, and you’re ready to ride.

Easy fees

Once you’re ready to ride, our costs are straightforward: the unlock fee for a single ride is just $1, plus $0.05 per minute for a classic bike, or $0.15 per minute for an ebike If you love your ride and think you’ll use bikeshare more often, you can check out our money-saving memberships.

Get comfy, and get riding

Adjust your seat to a level that feels right for you, then head to your destination!

Park it

Once you’ve gotten where you’re going, park your bike at any available dock, and wait until the light turns green. You can enable push notifications on your CaBi or Lyft app and we’ll let you know that your bike has been successfully docked. And just like that, you’re done!

Check out our tips, to help make sure your ride is as smooth and safe as possible by familiarizing yourself with local traffic laws. Then jump on, kick off, and enjoy your ride!

Ready to try a Capital Bikeshare bike?

Use the code TRYCABI416B to unlock for free on your first ride!

Terms apply. Code is valid from April 16 to April 20, 2024 only.

Free unlock for new riders. Max saving of $1.00 per ride. Offer applies to Capital Bikeshare classic bike and ebike rides only. See pricing details here. Must have valid Capital Bikeshare or Lyft account with valid debit or credit card. Valid until 4/20/24 at 11:59:00 PM EST. Only applicable in the US. Cannot be combined with other offers. Use of Capital Bikeshare services is governed by the Liability Waiver and Bicycle Rental Agreement.