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By Vim Iglesia, California Lutheran University
It has been almost three months since we’ve been in D.C., and if you’re like me, you’re looking to save a little bit of money on your travel expenses as we enter the final stretch of the semester.
Luckily D.C. has an awesome program called the Capital Bikeshare to help you save some cash and get your daily cardio in. With membership, you will have access to over 1,800 three speed bicycles with over 200 stations across D.C. and Virginia. While these aren’t fancy road bikes, they’ll get the job done for any morning or afternoon commute.
Their annual membership is $75 dollars, which is less than I’ve already spent traveling around this beautiful city. What you’re looking for is their $25 month-to-month bikeshare membership. If you’re willing to commit early, in a four-month period, you would only spend $100 for 24/7 access to the Bikeshare bikes.
While I don’t know how far your daily commute is, or how long it’ll take you to bike there, I’ll break down the costs using my internship work days and location.
I intern at the Kennedy Center, which fortunately for me is only a three-minute Metro ride away on the orange/blue to Foggy Bottom. I based the costs off of my four-day work week. The daily rush hour fee is $2.10 one way. That is $4.20 a day, which makes $16.80 a week.
Over a 9 week period, a little more than the time that we have left here, this weekly travel fare would add up to $151.20. This does not include Wednesday field trip travel or weekend fares! IF you do the math for 15 weeks, it is $252 dollars. I don’t even want to think about how much I spend on the weekends and Wednesday.
With the Capital Bikeshare program, I will only spend $50 on my daily commute to work for two months. I have timed my bike ride and depending on my pace (Usually pretty fast because it’s getting cold!), I can get to the Kennedy center in 13 minutes. That’s pretty good time considering it’s a 3 minute metro ride there and 8-10 minute walk in the morning, or a 15 minute wait for the free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom metro.
Overall Money saved in a two month period, $100. Time saved, it depends. Distance traveled, 2.3 miles, 4.6 daily.
3 Things to know about the Capital Bikeshare:
- Daily rentals and membership can only be paid for by debit/credit card.
- It’s $7 dollars for a daily rental with a $101 safety deposit
- Your first 30 minutes on the bike are free after the rental fee or membership fee.
- You WILL be charged additional fees after the first 30 minutes, see website for details.
Find out more here: http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/
Thanks for your time and enjoy the rest of the semester here in DC!