Winter Weather Warrior Contest Draws Hundreds of Riders Out into the Cold(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare has more than survived its first winter, it has thrived thanks in part to strong participation in the regional bikesharing system’s Winter Weather Warrior Contest. 900 annual members participated in the contest, taking nearly 30,000 trips in two months, and Capital Bikeshare posted near ridership totals in the month of February.The contest offered prizes to contestants who kept riding braved the frigid winter months. Averaging over 13 trips a day, Robert Solorzano staged a dramatic finish by overtaking early frontrunner, Michael Hurley. Solorzano’s win was met with surprise as Hurley dominated the leader board for most of the competition, finishing in third place overall. Solorzano claimed the coveted title of Winter Weather Warrior after amassing 780 trips in less than 60 days. He also was rewarded with a three-year membership extension, two annual memberships to give away to friends or family, and $150 in gift cards.The contest was open to all Capital Bikeshare monthly or annual members who opted in to the competition. In addition to the grand prize winner, over twenty other participants also received prizes from four separate random drawings, a photo contest, placing in the top ten, riding every day throughout the challenge or winning the “Most Saddle Time” or “Longest Haul” titles. Results were posted each Wednesday and were watched closely by participants and spectators alike.Capital Bikeshare is one of the few bikesharing systems worldwide to stay open throughout the winter months. Bikes are available 24 hours a day all year except in the case of severe weather. Despite several instances of inclement weather conditions, Capital Bikeshare ridership increased 67 percent from December, before the contest began, to February when it ended. There were 48,215 total Bikeshare trips in February almost exactly as many trips as were taken in November (48,217) when the weather was warmer.Capital Bikeshare is a bikesharing program developed through a partnership between the District Department of Transportation and Arlington County and operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.   Memberships are available daily, monthly or annually for access to a fleet of 1,100 bicycles located at over 110 stations across Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA.   Additional information about Capital Bikeshare is available at www.capitalbikeshare.com.

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Capital Bikeshare Boasts Near Record Ridership in February

Winter Weather Warrior Contest Draws Hundreds of Riders Out into the Cold(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare has more than survived its first winter, it has thrived thanks in part to strong participation in the regional bikesharing system’s Winter Weather Warrior Contest. 900 annual members participated in the contest, taking nearly 30,000 trips in two months, and […]

Capital Bikeshare, Largest Bikeshare Program in the United States, Rolls Out in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA

Newest Regional Transportation System Launched With Much Fanfare and Anticipation(Washington, D.C.) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Polly Trottenberg, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D, DC), Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette, District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein, and other local and regional partners, representatives, supporters […]

District and Arlington to Rollout Capital Bikeshare This Fall

Name Selected For Regional Bike Sharing Program(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Arlington County have selected “Capital Bikeshare” as the name for the new regional bike sharing program. Capital Bikeshare will launch later this year with roughly 1100 bikes at 114 stations in the District and Arlington, and will be the […]

Capital Bikeshare Launches Summertime Competition to Reward “Reverse Riders”

For Immediate ReleaseThursday, May 26, 2011 Media Contact:John Lisle (DDOT) at 202-671-2004Chris Eatough (BikeArlington) at 703-862-8302 (Washington, D.C.) Don’t go with the flow this summer €”do the opposite and it could pay off. That’s what Capital Bikeshare will be telling its members soon. The regional bikesharing network is launching a Reverse Rider Rewards competition on […]

District of Columbia and Arlington Launch Regional Bike Sharing Program

Adrian M. Fenty, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein today announced a joint effort to expand bike sharing tenfold in the Washington area.(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Gabe Klein today announced […]