SmartBike DC is a self-service bicycle rental system that Clear Channel Outdoor provides as part of its citywide bus shelter program for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The program will initially consist of ten rental locations with 100 bicycles.
In order to rent a bike go to the Subscription page and register. (Currently, the page has a telephone number to call) Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a user card and booklet with further instructions. You have to visit the website one more time to activate your user card. Your activated user card will allow you to rent a bike from any station. After your ride, you may drop off your bike at the same or any other station. Make sure that the bike is properly inserted into the docking point (the red LED light must be constantly lit).
SmartBike DC is open from 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Sunday. The last rental can be made at 10:00PM. Bikes can be dropped off a 24 hours.
Individual annual subscription: $40 ($37.83 plus 5.75% sales tax $2.17)
All revenues from subscriptions and usage fees are paid to District DOT.
During the time you rent the bike, you are responsible for it. A fee of $200.00 will be billed if you don’t return the bike within 48 hours after the designated rental period or if the bike is otherwise damaged, lost or stolen.
If all this sounds familiar, SmartBike DC operates on a similar principle to Zipcar and other car sharing services,