Capital Bikeshare in Alexandria

The City of Alexandria's bike sharing program, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, and Montgomery County, is called Capital Bikeshare. With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from nearly 400 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination.

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What's New

MORE STATIONS TO INSTALLED THIS MONTH!

On July 20, two new bikeshare stations were installed in Arlandria, bring bikeshare to this neighborhood!  The stations are located at Bruce Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue, near MOM's Organic Market and in the Four Mile Park parking lot where the Four Mile Run Farmers Market is held.  Two more stations were installed in South Old Town at the Lee Center and on Franklin Street next to the District Taco.  

Next week, two more stations will be installed.  One will be along the Potomac Avenue Trail at Swann Street, and one will be along Powhatan Street at Bashford Lane.   

See the map below for these locations.   The 2016 stations expand bikeshare to the South Old Town, Rosemont, Potomac Yard and Fairlington neighborhoods and provide more options near the metro stations and in Old Town and Del Ray.

The following stations were installed earlier this year:

  • St. Asaph  Street at Madison Street (Harris Teeter)
  • Commonwealth Avenue at Cameron Street (King Street Metro North)
  • Madison Street at Henry Street
  • Royal Street at Wilkes Street (Old Town Safeway)
  • Radford Street at Osage Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue at Monroe Avenue
  • Commonwealth Avenue at Oak Street
  • Potomac Avenue at Route 1 (Station 650)


Metro SafeTrack Plan

Metro released its SafeTrack Plan,  a comprehensive maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year. The plan significantly expands maintenance time on weekends, weeknights and midday hours and includes 15 "Safety Surges"--long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system.  During this time, try Capital Bikeshare as a way to get around and avoid the shut downs and delays.  For more information on the plan and schedule, visit the WMATA Website.


Capital Bikeshare City Hall 313x313 imageProgram Overview

Bike sharing is public transportation using bicycles, and cities around the world provide bike sharing systems as a transportation option for residents and visitors. The City of Alexandria's bike sharing program, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, and Montgomery County, is called Capital Bikeshare. With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from nearly 400 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination. Motivate operates the system for Alexandria, Montgomery County, Arlington, and Washington, D.C.

Alexandria joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network in September 2012 with eight stations, and added eight more stations in Del Ray and Carlyle in August 2014. 

For more information about the bikeshare program, please call 703.746.4017 or email Hillary.Orr @alexandriava.gov.


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Expansion in Alexandria

Capital Bikeshare stations were added in the Del Ray and Carlyle areas in August 2014, doubling the size of the existing network in Alexandria.  To see a current map of stations in Alexandria and throughout the region, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com/stations

The Transportation Master Plan provides an overview of Capital Bikeshare with and provides an map of system expansion over the next five years as the program will expand to the west side of the City.  During the updated to the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of this plan, the expansion of Capital Bikeshare was discussed at numerous public meetings and endorsed by the Ad Hoc Committee for this plan.  

City Council approved funding to pay for the operation of 16 new bikeshare stations in FY 2016,  eight of which have been installed.  A map of existing and future stations as well as stations to be installed this summer can be viewed below.

june 2016 map2


Station Siting

Alexandria station locations are selected from locations suggested by the public, and preferences shown on the  interactive crowdsourcing map.  Locations are evaluated using criteria including connectivity to transit to expand between metrorail stations, mixed-use activity centers,  potential bicycle activity, proximity to other Capital Bikeshare stations, as well technical considerations. Staff attended community meetings to gain input from residents on Capital Bikeshare expansion in Alexandria. See the map above for the proposed locations for the next eight stations or click here to  view a larger map - Summer 2016 stations are yellow and existing stations are red.  

Location Selection for Bikeshare Stations

  • Online Interactive Crowdsourcing Map
  • Developer contributions
  • Community requests and comments (CallClickConnect, Emails, Community meetings)
  • Proximity to:
    • Metrorail Stations
    • Mix-use activity centers
    • Existing and potential bicycle activity
    • Proximity to other bikeshare stations
  • Transportation Master Plan (next five years of stations)

Technical Considerations

  • Direct sunlight
  • At least 11'x 42' of clearance
  • Sidewalk/pedestrian clearance
  • Topography
  • Utility clearance
  • VDOT approval
  • City ROW

Public Engagement

  • Board of Architectural Review – October 2011 and July 2013
  • Capital Bikeshare Open House  - January 28, 2015
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan – Online wikimap – August to October 2014
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Public Meetings –
    • Sept. 30, 2014 (Overview of existing stations and input on future stations)
    • Sept 24, 2015 (Showed recommended bikeshare station locations)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meetings –
    • Oct 9, 2014 – presented existing conditions, including bikeshare stations
    • Dec 3, 2014 – presented results of wikimap / survey for future bikeshare stations
  • Planning Commission Public hearing – April 5, 2016
  • City Council Public hearing – April 16, 2016

Prior to installation, adjacent businesses and civic associations will be notified about the new bikeshare stations.


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