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Capital Bikeshare - Bike rentals

Go to any Capital Bikeshare station and follow the directions at the kiosk. Use a credit card to join for the day. You can take a bike as many times as you'd like for 24 hours or 3 days. Just swipe your credit card at any kiosk.

When you join at a station, you'll get an unlocking code. Enter the code at any bike dock. When the green light appears, pull the handlebar firmly toward you to release the bike.

Return the bike to any Capital Bikeshare station. Push the front wheel firmly into an empty dock. Wait for the green light to turn on so you know it's properly secured. Swipe your credit card at any kiosk when you're ready to ride again!

Access Fee:
24-hour $7
3-day $15

Usage Fee:
0 - 29:59 min FREE
30:00 - 59:59 min $2.00
60:00 - 89:59 min $6.00
90:00 - 119:59 min $14.00
2:00:00 - 2:29:59 hours $22.00
2:30:00 - 2:59:59 hours $30.00
3:00:00 - 3:29:59 hours $38.00

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Feb 21, 2014


To get from place to place within an area, I highly suggest walking. Grab your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and hit the pavement. I made the mistake of wearing sandles and ended up hurting my right foot to the point I couldn't walk on Monday. But you know what they say, live and learn.

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Jun 22, 2006


As in any city I visit, walking is my choice of transporation, DC is no exception. DC is a pretty compact city with most of the major attractions within short walking distance to each other. The Mall is the best place to start your walking tour as the major memorials, museums and important buildings are all located here.

We started our walk at the Capital building, making our way to the Botanic Gardens then to a few museums, like my favorites, the Natural History Museum and the National Archives.

Walking is a great way to explore a city, just get your map and plan a route and you are off!!

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Jul 25, 2008

Cycle around DC-fast and fun

Bike The Sites

DC is a big place, you can do a lot of walking to get somehere, then a lot of walking once there. My feet hurt after the first day, so I rented a bike to get around and it was very useful. Expensive, but it was worth it and fun to ride around after not riding around for days.

There's a place right downtown off the mall, next to the old Post Office. They rent bikes by the day, or for multiple days. I took one for 1 day, cost as $35..pricey. I did find a coupon in one of the DC guidebooks/coupon books that you can find so that was $5 off. For 2 or 3 days it comes out more reasonably.

I took it about 10am, then rode straight out to Arlinton Cemetary and parked it(can't ride around out there), then over to Georgetown, then to Adams-Morgan for a steet festival, then to the White House, then back to the mall, up to Capitol Hill, past there to a market on the far side, and back to the mall and turned it in about 5pm.

In winter you have until 6pm, in summer until 9pm. In summer it's really worth it. The bikes are decent enough, fat tires, a bag wtih a spare tire, lock & key. You can also buy a big bottle of water right there from them for a buck.

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Sep 24, 2006
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The best way to get around

Most of tourist attractions I have visited in Washington DC, are located in downtown which stretches from the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the Capitol Hill in the east (distance of approx. 2.5 miles) and from the Dupont Circle in the north to the Jefferson Memorial in the south (distance of approx. 2.3 miles). The best, the cheapest and most convenient way to get around this area is to walk. Only to get to for distant National Cathedral, and closer Georgetown, Adams Morgan and Arlington, Virginia use metro (or metro + metrobus).

A few tips for walking visitors:
- hmm... if you come in hot and humid summer bring a lot of water and wear that funny cap with a fan for batteries :-); If it doesn't help instead of walking use metro as often as you can
- green traffic light for pedestrians may be very short but usually the number of seconds (always only a few :-) remaining to the change of the light is displayed
- there are many closed sidewalks (due to both renovation works and security)
- there are direction signs to most points of tourist interest put along main touristy itineraries
- but usually there is no detailed information on numerous monuments and smaller memorials alongside federal buildings you pass by (detailed map is recommended)
- sidewalks in downtown are of American size, wide enough, no worries.

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Dec 20, 2005

Capital Bikeshare

On my most recent tourist visit downtown I saw something I hadn't seen before. Large racks of bikes near Metro stops. There is now a bike sharing program in DC, and if you have ever walked around from one memorial/monument to the next you know that you will be good and tired by the end of the day.

Part of the impulse for this has come from DC that has implemented bike lanes in order to try to decongest traffic in downtown DC.

To participate you have to join Capital Bikeshare. You can then use their bikes for a day, 3 days or longer.
Prices are:
24-hour $7
3-day $15
30-day $25
Annual $75

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Feb 01, 2013

DC by bicycle?

I do not recommend to visit downtown Washington by bicycle. But riding a bicycle to visit some tourist attractions outside downtown maybe a good option.

I haven't seen many visitors to Washington, DC riding a bicycle in downtown. I haven't seen bicycle routes in downtown as well. The reason is obvious. There are very few designated places (bicycle racks) to leave a bicycle in front of numerous museums and federal buildings. Well, there are bicycle racks in front of the National Air and Space Museum. In front of the Holocaust Museum I've seen two bicycles left on a street, leaned against an info sign. I've seen some visitors and locals riding a bicycle mainly in West Potomac Park though.

There are bicycle racks in many metro stations and the Union Station. They are used by locals mainly as many metro parking lots shortly become full on business days (and it costs some $3.5 - $5 Mon - Fri). Bicycles are permitted on Metrorail (limited to two bicycles per car) weekdays except rush hours, from 7.00 am to 10.00 am and 4 pm to 7 pm. Bicycles are permitted all day Saturday and Sunday as well as most holidays (limited to four bicycles per car). Bicycles are not permitted on July 4th and other special events or holidays when large crowds use the system. Details here.

I've got to know that there are a few bicycle trails in DC area like Capital Crescent Trail (13 miles, Georgetown to Bethesda) and many trails across the adjacent states like Mount Vernon Trail from Arlington, Virginia (just across the Potomac River from downtown DC) to Mount Vernon. For more trails and details follow the links below, please.

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Dec 21, 2005

Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare is a great option for short bike rides in and around the city. It is a membership sytem. As a member you can pick up any bike, from anyone of over 120 stations, ride it for up to 30 minutes and return to any station. If your ride goes over 30 minutes, you are charged extra. But, if you return the bike, you can check it right back out again and not pay extra. today I rode for almost two hours on the same bike, with no one segment going over 21 minutes, hence, no extra charges. Memberships can be bought for one day (24 hours), five days, one month, or one year ($5, $15, $25, $75.) One day and five day memberships can be bought using a credit card at any bike station. Monthly and annual memberships are ordered online (and the mail you a chip embeded bike key.) The system works 24 hours a day, closing only the event of very bad weather. Please use a credit card, not a visa debit card.

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May 08, 2011

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Bicycle if you can

There are great bicycle trails around the monuments, down to Mt Vernon, up through Rock Creek Park. The Mall is only a small part of DC. Get off the beaten track and see more. Rent a bike and check for information about the trails.

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Aug 10, 2003

The best way to get around...

The best way to get around Washington, D.C. is to walk. Traveling in a car takes much longer due to continuous traffic jams. Riding a bicycle may also be a good idea. Some places have buses available to take you where you want to go.

Aug 26, 2002

I would have to guess flying...

I would have to guess flying because we drove and it was awful.
Walking would have to be faster than most modes of transportation. Driving here is way worse than any driving in California that I've done.

Aug 26, 2002

If arriving at Dulles airport,...

If arriving at Dulles airport, blue vans co will take 2 people to anywhere in the city for $22, see many of the sights on the way too.
Public transport is good.
The metro is new, clean and appears safe. click here. for their website

Many of the sights are fairly close together, a walk down the National Mall is a must.

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Aug 25, 2002

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