These custom shared pedal-assist electric bikes were developed by Motivate, the operator of Capital Bikeshare. The ebike is powered by a front-wheel pedal assist motor that allows you to ride up to 18 mph with an electric “boost” (you can go even faster if you keep pedaling harder!). Turn on the electric assist by pressing the “power” button on the battery located on the bike’s downtube. (Make sure the bike is at a standstill before you press the power button, or else it won’t turn on!). When you’re finished riding, dock it at any Capital Bikeshare dock. The electric assist will turn off automatically after several minutes of inactivity.
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