I came to Washington, DC in October 2013 and, so far, I absolutely love it here. Even outside the realm of government buildings and landmarks, this city is very unique and lively.
For the past five months now, I’ve explored mainly the NW side of DC, but it was time to go off the beaten path…so one afternoon I went to check out Historic Anacostia in Southeast. I wasn’t sure how to exactly get there, so I used RideScout to assist me.
I took a screengrab of RideScout as it directed me to get from my current location - Takoma Park - to Anacostia. I also took notes in my sketchbook in addition to taking video of this journey on the metro.
Once I got out of the Anacostia metro station, RideScout showed me Capitol Bikeshare spots; I took this opportunity to bike around Anacostia to see what I could find.
Biking around Anacostia, I stumbled upon the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, located on 1411 W St SE. The house rests on top of this hill, where you can overlook the beautiful view of city.
After I left the historic site, I continued biking and noticed a really big chair off of Martin Luther King Ave. Apparently, this is the world’s largest chair at 19.5 ft tall.
After a busy afternoon walking and biking around Anacostia, I used RideScout which guided me on what busses to take to head towards Dupont Circle where I had dinner plans with friends.
Overall, I had a great time exploring Anacostia! Its not a neighborhood I would normally would have stumbled upon on my daily commute, but I’m glad that RideScout was there to help me navigate through this unfamiliar area. Can’t wait to use this app for my next adventure!
Until next time,
We’ve now reached what can officially be considered spring, but just recently I was hitting the slopes somewhere near the DC Metro. It was quite the adventure.
The spot was beautiful, the lodging was quirky, with an indoor pool room that made you feel as if you’d just dropped into a fishbowl. We were right next to the frozen over, ‘Deep Creek Lake.’ Snowmobilers would race across that lake late at night, ostensibly intoxicated, bounding over the snowy drifts on top.
But it’s the getting there that’s part of the adventure, and that Friday afternoon, loaded down with snow gear and coat half-on, I used RideScoutDC to get the closest cab available in the area. I was running a bit late; it was clutch. After meeting up with Carrie on Pennsylvania Avenue, we took the Capitol South metro out to Falls Church.
From there, the good lumberjack, avid sportsmen, and professional snowboarder in-training, Bryan, and his girlfriend, Lindsey, picked us up. On the way there, we had dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. It was amusing to watch everyone noticeably enjoy the quality of their steaks. It was like a higher-end Applebee’s. Bravo I say.
For the next two days, we shredded powder like the intermediate monsters we are, carving our own path where paths previously did not exist, which was sometimes not the best idea. Insufferably wonderful selfies were taken, acknowledgment of single, ‘lonely gloves’ was had while riding the lift, and Subaru decided we were worthy of a promotional shot, hashtags included: #subarusnow #livefornow.
That Saturday night was a relaxing respite from DC, watching the olympics and chowing down on a huge, delicious pie from Brenda’s Pizzeria. I grabbed the takeout in size 7.5 women’s uggs. I didn’t want to put shoes on at the time. It worked. Others didn’t seem to get it.
Sunday afternoon we headed back to DC, sore, tired, and content. This time we took a different route home, coming down the dreaded 270. We stopped by a.k.a. Friscos after a search of Yelp and Foursquare for good spots near the Interstate. It was a good choice. I recommend checking it out.
Bryan and Lindsey dropped us off at the the Tenleytown metro and we took that directly into Union Station. All went smoothly on this red line ride. Then I came home to the scruffy scoundrel below, my trusty dog Dylan. He had quite the blast while I was away.
If you want to ski/snowboard or already know how to, I highly recommend WISP. It’s no Colorado, but for a three hour trip outside DC, it more than gets the job done.
Levi Benjamin Clay Rokey is a social media analyst, music lover, news junkie, happy hour spelunker, Kansas State University alumnus, and Founder of the Exploratory Committee of Crawls and Shenanigans (ECOCAS). You’ll find him promoting the Third Annual Arrested Development Never Nude Crawl on H Street NE or just generally being loud. You can learn more about him here or find his tweets @DCExplorer.
It’s officially spring, we can still feel the bite of winter here in DC. Despite all the snow on the East Coast this winter, love has always been in the air.
We recently heard the most amazing story of one of our friends in Austin, Valerie Salinas-Davis of Enviromedia, using RideScout to get married in New York City this winter. In the snow, it helped them get hitched and we couldn’t be happier! See more of Valerie’s story below.
“RideScout truly did help us find our way to get our marriage license in New York City after 19 years together. Being from Austin, we had no idea how to get around when it started snowing!
My partner and I didn’t know if we should take a cab or use the subway, so we decided to open RideScout. It gave us great directions and we ended up taking the Q from Times Square downtown to City Hall. It was perfect.
The champagne photo is us with our witnesses — our nieces Sara and Gisela Garcia who live in NYC.”
What an amazing story! Here’s to love…and Scouting.
Using RideScout fairy dust (also known as our developers’ serious skills) we’ve updated the app this week, making RideScout more robust in cities nationwide.
Now you can use RideScout to explore the following cities:
In New York City, you can navigate the Big Apple by public transit (MTA NYC).
In Houston, you can use MTA of Harris County options.
In Dallas, you can find DART.
In Washington, DC, you’ll see the Fairfax Connector, Virginia Railway Express, Frederick County Transit, University of Maryland Shuttle, Ride On, MTA Maryland, MARC as well as WMATA transit, DASH, ART, DC Circulator, car2go, Hailo, Sidecar, Capital Bikeshare and Parking Panda.
Want to see more RideScout options in your city? Please let us know! We’re always just an email away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
We are officially declaring February 19 Austin Day! Our team has landed in Texas and we’re all in on showing Austinites how RideScout can make their lives a little bit better. DC has rocked their #ridescoutresolutions; now let’s share that with Austin.
Here’s what’s happening. If you’re in the area, please join us for any or all of the events below. We can’t wait to meet you.
RideScout is proud to announce service with Austin B-cycle, CapMetro, and car2go Austin that helps residents of Austin discover and use many of the available forms of transportation.
RideScout, Austin B-cycle and CapMetro will discuss their overlapping missions to provide the people of Austin with safe and reliable transportation. RideScout is the technology that brings them together in one app, just in time for SXSW.
Remarks are to be made by Austin B-cycle’s Elliott McFadden, RideScout Co-Founder & CEO, Joseph Kopser, and Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro’s Vice-President Strategic Planning & Development.
Where: The press conference will take place at the NW corner of Republic Square (4th and Guadalupe), in front of the Austin B-cycle station.
When: Wednesday, February 19 from 10:30-11:30AM.
We’re also hosting open events throughout the day to meet the RideScout community. Come say hi!
Details: The RideScout team will be on hand to listen to app feedback and share information about RideScout’s growth and expansion. This is a perfect opportunity for press and bloggers to learn about RideScout. More info here.
Where: Ginger Man
Details: Whether you’ve followed RideScout’s journey from the beginning or are interested to meet the team, join us for a beer and let’s celebrate RideScout in Austin. RSVP here.
Thereâs nothing more frustrating than sitting in traffic, car idling lazily while wasting gas and emitting carbon monoxide into the air. In many big cities, you might have just as easily hopped on the bus, taken the subway, rode a bike or simply walked. But figuring out which method is fastest would take just as &
14-16 February is a big weekend in Austin. It’s the Austin Marathon, the first gorgeous weekend of Spring weather, and it marks the first official week of Austin BCycle service in RideScout… CEO Joseph Kopser took a spin through all 26 BCycle stations.
Our adventurous CEO, Joseph Kopser, woke up this morning in Austin and wanted to take an Austin B-Cycle out for a spin. Instead of a leisurely bike ride, however, he decided to make today the first annual #ATXBikeathon, visiting all 26 bike stations throughout Austin. Click through to follow his journey!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Scouts! Today in Washington, DC we’re handing out some super sweet Valentine treats with our friends at Capital Bikeshare and the DC Circulator. You may just find a RideScout Cupid at your metro station, on your bus, or hanging out at a couple of popular bikeshare stations around the city.
Didn’t get a Valentine from us? Don’t sweat it. You can still use the hashtag #sweetridedc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win sweet giveaways including $60 in baxter bucks for Blind Dog Cafe, $75 to Blackfinn, a 30 minute massage at Lunar Massage, services at Mind Your Body Oasis and coffee credit to Java Shack.
Use the hashtag #sweetrideDC today and over the weekend. We’ll be picking random winners at 10am on Monday.
Thanks for being our favorite users! We ❤️ you guys!
All pickup up and ready to go!
Valentines in Gallery Place.
Our Valentine was excited to try RideScout!
DC Circulator riders on 14th Street get a sweet surprise.
Dupont Valentines love.
Over the course of January, we followed the journey of four app users who resolved to make their lives better by changing their transportation habits. We move from point A to point B, so many times over the course of a month, why not see if you can break a habit?
With RideScout acting as their guide and mentor, each contributor made a RideScout Resolution for 2014. Some wanted to save money, while others just wanted to explore or burn those cals by taking active modes of transportation. Lets review, shall we?
The LA Transplant
We began our year with Jeni Sue Birnbaum, who made a resolution to discover alternates to her late Prius, which she left behind in a recent move from LA to DC. Now back in her native Washington, she discovered a love for the DC Metro and walking to the best concert venues in the city, allowing a little extra leeway for a burger every now and then.
Although the Metro often proved to be the best option, it has it’s…idiosyncrasies. Jeni Sue told us all about her issues with “The Sweatros,” and instructed us on how to be more polite (hint: don’t push). Hey, you can always find an alternative!
The Biggest Loser
In the process of trying out all the available options, she discovered that new modes of transit don’t just get you there faster, but also enable you to better experience the world around you. She certainly experienced the Metro when she bared it all for the No Pants Metro Ride.
The DC Explorer
Not everyone started their RideScout Resolution journey as a transit newbie. Levi Rokey was a pro that was inspired by Kurt Vonnegut to continue exploring the various haunts, dive bars, monuments, bottomless brunch spots, neighborhoods, and parks that make the Nation’s capital such a great place to live.
In true DC style, Levi took us on a tour of DC, first stopping at PJ Clarkes for a few Mary Standards, and then driving a car2go to the White House for a visit to the press room. Have you ever experienced a car2go caravan? If not, you should.
Each of our users did an awesome job of using RideScout to make 2014 their best year yet. Keep it up, Scouts, keep on moving and exploring the world around you. As Levi would quote, “Hello babies, welcome to Washington.” Next up we’ll be saying welcome to Austin, Boston, San Francisco and the world…