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You can ditch the Metro and hop on a bikeshare, for free! Here's how to get a pass

Riders will be able to take unlimited free 45 minute rides on the red classic Capital Bikeshare bikes with no unlocking or travel fee.

WASHINGTON — In an effort to relieve some frustration caused by Metro's rail service reduction, D.C. residents can get a free 30-day membership from Capital Bikeshare starting Monday.

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Residents can go on the Capital Bikeshare or Lyft Mobile apps and under the “Ride Plans” section of the site they can select the “Pricing” section and choose a 30-day membership for $0. Individuals will need a valid credit card and phone number to register.

Riders will be able to take unlimited free 45 minute rides on the red classic Capital Bikeshare bikes with no unlocking or travel fee. But, rides longer than 45 minutes will cost folks $0.05/minute for a pedal bike and $0.10 per minute on Ebike rides.

“The service disruptions at Metro are deeply troubling for DC and the region. DC is open and we need a fully functioning transit system to get workers, students, and visitors across the city,” said D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser. “We have been intentional, over the past several years, about making Capital Bikeshare more accessible and convenient for DC residents, and now we are proud to be able to offer this free one-month membership to every Washingtonian who might need it.”

Capital Bikeshare has more than 5,000 bikes available at over 650 stations in the region. This includes a 20-bike pilot of new adaptive Bikeshare bikes for people with disabilities. The system runs across seven jurisdictions, including D.C., Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, City of Falls Church, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

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