DC Bicycle Transportation Program

Last year DC’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) launched a massive Bicycle Transportation Program which includes the following:

SmartBike

In August, SmartBike – the first public bike sharing program in the U.S. – became a reality. Modeled after similar programs in European cities like Paris, Oslo and Barcelona, the program currently offers 120 bikes at 10 locations in the greater downtown DC area. Annual membership costs $40 and allows to use a bike for up to three hours at a time.

Bicycle Registration

Effective June 1, 2008 bicycle registration is no longer required for DC residents. DDOT worked together with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to remove mandatory local bicycle registration (failed system using log books) and replaced it with a voluntary national bike registration system in the face of National Bike Registry (NBR®). See official release.

DDOT encourages bike registration to aid the recovery of your bike in case of theft and recommends registering with NBR. As part of the program, like many other departments in the country, police stations in DC check the serial numbers of recovered bikes against the National Bike Registry database to see if they’re registered or reported stolen.

DDOT and WABA are working closely with NBR to promote the bicycle registration program. Thousands of flyers have already been distributed at local police stations and bike stores. DDOT also provided 100 NBR bike registration kits to local communities. The kit is also available to WABA members and for purchase at the WABA store. WABA has since provided 120 kits. More information about the DDOT Bicycle Transportation Program can be found at www.ddot.dc.gov/bike

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