Capital Bikeshare has more than 440 stations and 3,700 bicycles across DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County. It's been an enormous success, boosting bicycling and even reducing traffic

Now, four private "dockless" bikeshare systems have launched services in DC. DCST has been working with government officials to help these services succeed and ensure their effect on residents and businesses is a positive one, especially on safety, equity, and the way they use public space.

From the Blog

    • DCST and dockless bikeshare operators agree on principles for the future

      By David Alpert     March 20th, 2018

      Five companies now operate dockless bikeshare in DC (and two now offer dockless scooters). You locate a dockless bike with an app, unlock it from your phone, and ride it anywhere (or at least, anywhere allowed). These bikes have brought great benefits to riders... and also some complaints.

    • With the kinks worked out, dockless bike sharing could roll

      By David Alpert     October 29th, 2017

      Bright orange, green and yellow bikes are sprouting up all around central D.C. and Silver Spring, with a smattering elsewhere. They go by Jump, Spin, LimeBike, Mobike and ofo (written in all lowercase, to look typographically like a bike symbol). This is dockless bike sharing, the newest arrow in the region’s transportation quiver.

    • Jump up DC’s hills with Jump bikeshare

      By David Alpert     September 26th, 2017

      The latest bikeshare offering in DC is the dockless Jump e-bike which debuted yesterday. We took it for a spin. The electric assist make it a joy to zoom up hills and keep up with vehicular traffic.

    • Which dockless bikeshare (Mobike, LimeBike, or Spin) is right for you?

      By David Alpert     September 25th, 2017

      On Wednesday, September 20, DC three private, dockless bikeshare companies launched in DC: Mobike, LimeBike, and Spin. A fourth, Jump, is launching Monday with electric-assist bikes. A group of GGWash contributors including Tony Goodman, Tracy Loh, and Canaan Merchant took the three already-launched services for a spin (or a mo? or a lime?). Here were our reactions.

    • DC’s first dockless bikeshare, Mobike, has launched. I took a test ride.

      By David Alpert     September 20th, 2017

      Dockless bikeshare has come to DC. On Wednesday morning, Mobike opened service to the public. At least two other companies, LimeBike and Spin, are not far behind. How's it working so far? I took a ride to the office to try it.

    • How to make “dockless” bikeshare good for DC

      By David Alpert     September 1st, 2017

      In a few weeks, you'll likely have more choices for bicycling around DC, as two "dockless" bike sharing companies pilot their services from September to April. DC wants suggestions on how to ensure these services are good for residents and don't cause problems; DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST) has created a white paper of recommendations.