Capital Bikeshare has 1,300+ bicycles at over 150 stations across Washington D.C., Arlington and Alexandria. Bikes can be returned to any station near your destination. Bikesharing can be used for trips to work or transit, to run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family. Available to rent for 24 hours, 3 days, 30 days, or a year. The first 30 minutes of each trip are free. Each additional 30 minutes incurs an extra fee. For more information visit www.capitalbikeshare.com.
Bicycles and Transit
Bicycling can be an easy and inexpensive way to get to a Metro, MARC, or VRE station, a bus stop, or park and ride lot. Listed below are the bike policies for the area transit providers. Folding bikes are permitted on all transit services. See Wikipedia for folding bike information.
Metrorail and Metrobus
Folding bicycles that are folded and securely fastened are permitted at all times during weekday peak hours. Conventional bicycles are allowed on Metrorail during off-peak hours and on Metrobus racks at all times. Metrobuses have bicycle racks mounted on the front of all buses. The only times you cannot take bicycles on Metrorail are weekdays between 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., July 4th, or when a special event or holiday crowds the system.
Board any car of the train, using either the first or last doors and never the center doors. Weekdays, two bicycles are allowed in any car; weekends/holidays, four bicycles are allowed per car. Bicyclists must use the elevators (never the escalators). www.wmata.com/bike..
Most Metrorail stations have bicycle racks and/or lockers. Racks are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lockers must be rented by the month. To rent a locker, call 202-962-1116. Click here to find out which stations have racks or lockers.
Metro Bike & Ride Facility
Located at College Park – U of MD station. Park and retrieve your bike 24 hours a day by inserting your BikeLink™ card which can be ordered online or by calling 888-540-0546. Rates are 5 cents per hour 8 am - midnight, and 2 cents/hour at all other times. No additional recurring fees. The facility is equipped with security cameras.
Baltimore Metro Subway, Light Rail, and Bus
Bicycles are permitted on all MTA Light Rail and Metro subway trains except on crowded trains. Bicycle racks are equipped on all MTA buses. Most Metro subway and Light Rail stops have bicycle racks and some have lockers. For more information call (410) 767-8749, or go to MTA Maryland.
Folding bicycles are allowed on MARC Trains; and most stations have bicycle parking. For more information call (800) 325-RAIL, or visit MTA Maryland. Virginia Railway Express permits folding bikes on all trains and full size bikes on the last three northbound/southbound trains and on midday trains. Two bicycles are allowed on the north car and must be tethered to bench seats using a bungee cord. For more information call (800) RIDE-VRE, or visit the VRE Website.
Bicycle racks are mounted on the front of Montgomery County Ride On, Fairfax Connector, Frederick TransIT, DC Circulator, and Arlington Transit buses. Each rack holds two bikes. Let the bus driver know you will be using the rack, then follow the instructions posted on the front of the rack.
Many area Park-and-Ride lots have bicycle racks and some have lockers. 27% have some form of bicycle parking facilities. For more information contact the appropriate county rideshare office or call Commuter Connections (800)-745- RIDE or visit Commuter Connections. For bicycle lockers at Virginia Park-and-Ride lots call (703) 383-2233. For online park-and-ride maps visit Park and Ride Maps