The Capital Bikeshare scheme works like this:
- Swipe your credit card at a Bikeshare kiosk to initiate a membership (in my case a 24 hour membership at a cost of $5)
- Agree to 120 pages of contract terms by clicking “I agree”
- Collect the printed ticket (see above) and enter the code into the docking station to release the bike
- Return the bike to any of the 110 stations around the city (if you return the bike within 30 minutes it’s free)
Note: finding a nearby docking station is best accomplished on your smartphone with the remarkably practical Bixou App.