Capital Bikeshare Expansion

Page updated on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:04 AM

What's New?

On July 24, 2017, the Traffic & Parking Board approved the installation of eight bikeshare stations as recommended by staff, and approved two more station locations at their November 27, 2017 public hearing. 

  • Green Street & Washington Street 
  • Ben Brenman Park & Somervelle Street 

Community feedback was provided in an online survey that closed on September 17, 2017. In addition, on-site public meetings were held at:

Staff made a recommendation on the proposed station locations to the Traffic & Parking Board at their September 25, 2017 public hearing. The Board deferred the docket item for a later meeting. 

Capital Bikeshare Expansion

Staff recommended 10 proposed bikeshare stations based on feedback received using the Alexandria Capital Bikeshare Expansion Feedback Form and additional community input. Recommended bikeshare station locations were considered by the Traffic & Parking Board for approval at their public hearing on July 24, 2017 and November 27, 2017. The Traffic & Parking Board approved the installation of bikeshare stations at the following locations:

  • Braddock Road Metro Station - South
  • Duke Street & Holmes Run Trail
  • Eisenhower Avenue & Holmes Trail Run
  • Glebe Road & Main Line Boulevard
  • Potomac Avenue & Reed Avenue
  • Holmes Run Parkway & N Pickett Street
  • Barrett Library
  • Reed Avenue & Edison Street
  • Green Street & Washington Street
  • Ben Breman Park & Somervelle Street

To see more details on the recommended stations, please review the Alexandria Capital Bikeshare Expansion Results flyer and the Alexandria Capital Bikeshare Expansion Appendix with comments and an executive summary.

Expansion Plan Overview

The Capital Bikeshare system has continued to grow since its inception in 2012, with the system expanding from eight stations in 2012 to 31 stations in 2016. In conjunction with the analysis in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, the City is analyzing the most suitable locations for the next round of bikeshare expansion.

Preliminary analysis include demand analysis using indicators such as employment and population density, location of attractions (i.e., tourist destinations, parks, malls/shopping, schools and libraries), transit density by ridership (i.e., metro and bus stops), existing bicycling infrastructure, topography, percentage of minority populations, and percentage of zero-car households. A map of potential bikeshare demand can be viewed here. Using the recommended locations from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan as a starting point, City staff have worked to identify suitable locations throughout Alexandria. (below)

Entire Capital Bikeshare Expansion Map. (Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan)

11 additional bikeshare stations are currently planned for the Spring 2018 expansion based on demand analysis and public input. These stations were approved by the Traffic and Parking Board at their public hearings on July 24, 2017 and November 27, 2017. 

Public Outreach

During the update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the Transportation Master Plan, the expansion of Capital Bikeshare was discussed at numerous public meetings and endorsed by the Ad Hoc Committee for this plan. Public outreach through online surveying and on-site meetings were conducted for this latest round of expansion. Further outreach will be conducted for any future rounds of expansions. 

Public Meetings

Each proposed station was brought before the Traffic & Parking Board for approval at a public hearing. The Traffic & Parking Board public hearing took place on July 24, 2017. A follow up public hearing will take place on November 27, 2017. 

Staff provided the Old and Historic District Board of Architectural Review (OAHD BAR) an informational update on Capital Bikeshare expansion on June 21, 2017. 

Prior Public engagement

The City has held several public meeting regarding bikeshare and bikeshare expansion. Below is a list of meeting held to date:

  • On-Site Meeting - September 9, 2017 and September 13, 2017
  • Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on Spring 2018 Expansion - July 24, 2017  & November 27, 2017
  • Board of Architectural Review - Old & Historic District - June 21, 2017
  • Bikeshare Expansion Outreach - May-June, 2017
  • City Council Public hearing – April 16, 2016
  • Planning Commission Public hearing – April 5, 2016
  • Capital Bikeshare Open House  - January 28, 2015
  • 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 
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Public Meetings –
    • Sept 24, 2015 (Showed recommended bikeshare station locations)
    • Sept. 30, 2014 (Overview of existing stations and input on future stations)
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan – Online wikimap – August to October 2014
  • Board of Architectural Review – October 2011 and July 2013 


For more information on bikeshare station siting guidelines, please review the National Association of City Transportation Officials' Bikeshare Station Siting Guide or the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy's Bikeshare Planning Guide

Contact Information

To contact City staff regarding bikeshare, please contact