Let us begin this post with a very important message: Happy Mother’s Day! Although my mom is hands down the best mom since sliced bread, I have no doubt there are many close runner ups! Being a mom can’t be easy. So take it easy today gals. You deserve it. Thank you. I can’t express that enough.
Ok. So now that’s out of the way, let’s get ourselves down to some business here. There are a few things I want to cover. And we haven’t much time. It’s Mother’s Day after all and I’m expected to be places. Moms love me.
Capital Bikeshare Scavenger Hunt
On Sunday, I got out to participate in the Capital Bikeshare Scavenger Hunt. New bike stations were added and to celebrate, Capital Bikeshare created a scavenger hunt. The mission: use Capital Bikeshare to travel from station to station, finding the clue at each. When all was said and done, you had to put the clues together to see what sentence was formed. Given the close proximity to Easter, I found the scavenger hunt especially beneficial. I tried to enter 38 Easter Egg Hunts with no success. Apparently all the eggs were for “kids”. Last time I checked, kids are already enjoying all the Trix cereal they can get their hands on. Now they’ve monopolized eggs and fun hunting games too. Well, not at Capital Bikeshare!
I brought my girlfriend, Dana, along with me to enjoy the adventure. There will be a video of the trip soon. It’s in the works- don’t rush me. Despite the rain, and a few complications, I’d say it was a success overall. I’ve never used the system previously and I was really impressed with how easy it is to get started.
For those of you who haven’t used Capital Bikeshare in the past, let me just fill you in:
1. You can sign up for a monthly or yearly membership OR you can sign up for a day or five day membership. The options are pretty open which is nice. If you live in a city and want to use Capital Bikeshare- boom- it’s covered. Or if you’re a tourist and just want a bike for the few days you’ll be in town- double boom- covered again.
2. If you sign up for a monthly or yearly membership, you get a key card. All you have to do is show up to any of the bike stations around the city, put your key card in the slot, and presto, you have a bike to go meandering around the city visiting all of your favorite haunts.
3. If you just want the bike for a day, all you have to do is show up to the station, and use your credit card to pay five dollars. It prints you out a coupon with a code. Type the code into the bike station and you get your bike! The whole process takes about three minutes.
4. You can only have the bikes out for half an hour at a time. But that’s perfect. There are TONS of bike stations around the city. If you want to use the bike for more than half an hour, just drive to the next station, dock the bike, and get a new one out.
It’s a pretty ingenious system designed to be as easy for you to use as possible. If you haven’t used a system like this in the past, don’t stress. I’ll have a video up soon to help show you how it works. In the mean time, you can check out this “how-to” video on capital bikeshare:
Dana and I were able to figure out the secret code using our above average sized brains. And yesterday we received our prize packages full of Bike Arlington and Capital Bikeshare swag. Triple Boom.