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    Default CaBi Launches Bike Angel Program

    Capital Bikeshare has launched a Bike Angel program that allows users to collect points by helping to rebalance bikes. You have to opt in on the app or website. The map on the app will then indicates points available for either taking a bike from a station or delivering a bike to a station. Motivate has operated a similar program in NYC for Citi Bikes.

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    https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/bikeangels

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    Really enjoyed this article about one of New York City's most devoted Angels.

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    If I used CaBi more, I'd become a Bike Angel in a second. I've been spending some time in NYC, so I bought a Citibike annual membership and signed up as a Bike Angel. The app is really good -- not only does it tell you how many bikes and docks are available at each station, but how many Bike Angel points you would earn by taking a bike or bringing a bike back to each station. Because I was traveling in very busy areas (the West Village and Penn Station in particular), I earned a day pass for a friend in only a few days. Granted, I sometimes had to walk a few extra blocks to find an available bike or dock, but it wasn't a big deal.

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    You could always sign up as a CaBi Angel for the accidental points. I moved a couple of bikes on Quincy yesterday. Itís a bit harder to score points in Arlington since thereís not quite as much station density as in DC.

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    So for fun..... ask a tax attorney whether this constitutes a taxable benefit?
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    Heads up, looks like there's either a programming glitch or an, umm, opportunity to clarify the point system. I walked out of my way to move one from a full station (+3) to an empty one (also +3) but only earned 4 points. I've submitted a customer service ticket and will let you know what they say.

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    Perhaps Dismal should weigh in, since I'm not an economist. Getting points accidentally seems like a worthwhile proposition, but spending any actual effort?

    If I understand this correctly, earning 20 points extends your membership by a week. A week is worth $1.63, right ($85/52 weeks)? It takes at least 4 of these moves to earn 20 points, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Perhaps Dismal should weigh in, since I'm not an economist. Getting points accidentally seems like a worthwhile proposition, but spending any actual effort?

    If I understand this correctly, earning 20 points extends your membership by a week. A week is worth $1.63, right ($85/52 weeks)? It takes at least 4 of these moves to earn 20 points, correct?
    Nobody is doing it for financial reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Capital Bikeshare has launched a Bike Angel program that allows users to collect points by helping to rebalance bikes. You have to opt in on the app or website. The map on the app will then indicates points available for either taking a bike from a station or delivering a bike to a station. Motivate has operated a similar program in NYC for Citi Bikes.

    Full details are here:
    https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/bikeangels
    This sounds like a great tandem race opportunity. Make up some rules and let's go!


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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    This sounds like a great tandem race opportunity. Make up some rules and let's go!


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    This sounds like it would be quite fun. I still need to change out the stems on the tandem so that Komorebiís nose isnít poking me in the back, but then itís on.

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