Capital Bikeshare is giving its fleet a boost, as it rolls out new battery-assisted “e-bikes.”
Starting today, riders of Capital Bikeshare can locate and ride e-bikes, which travel as much as 18 miles per hour and ease the stress of pedaling. The new bikes will operate under a pilot program using the Capital Bikeshare Plus name. There will be 80 Capital Bikeshare Plus bikes to go along with the more than 4,000 standard bikes in the fleet.
Here’s how to find and use Capital Bikeshare Plus:
- Sign up for a normal Capital Bikeshare account. (Single trips are $2, or you can spend $8 for 24 hours, or $85 for unlimited rides per month.)
- Download the Capital Bikeshare smartphone app via Google Play or the Apple Apple Store.
- In the app, search for the lightning bolt icon.
- When you find a bike, press the power button to activate the pedal assist. Check to ensure there are at least two bars of power.
- Unlock and lock the bike at any Capital Bikeshare dock, as usual.
Capital Bikeshare plus comes after JUMP, a dockless e-bike operator now owned by Uber, began operating in the city last year.