From an email I just received:
Dear SmartBike User:
Due to the presidential inaugural events on January 20, SmartBike service at some stations will not be available for the period of January 16 through January 22. The following stations will be closed:
Please visit www.smartbikedc.com for further updates.
We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your cooperation.
Your SmartBike DC Team
No, you really don’t have my understanding. What in the world requires you to shut down operations for an entire week? Inauguration Day would be lame enough, but the whole week? I’d have called and/or emailed to ask Smartbike about this before I posted, but given that they’ve ignored my previous calls and emails, I thought I’d just not waste the time. It’s a shame that such a valuable operation is so poorly run.
Update: As usual, Washcycle has some useful information. Looks like WABA is working to secure permission to run a bike valet service come inauguration day.