Expansion in the West End
The City has been presented with an immediate opportunity to quickly expand the Capital Bikeshare Program to the West End. Staff is working with staff from Arlington County to secure seven bikeshare stations that Arlington is replacing, which will enable the City to deploy Bikeshare to the West End ahead of the planned schedule with VDOT funding for station purchases. These stations will ultimately be replaced with brand new ones over the next few years. The timing of the installation of these used bikeshare stations is being driven by Arlington’s replacement timetable. As of August 2021, five of seven bikeshare stations from Arlington have been installed, bringing the total number of stations in the City to 42. See below for further details about the West End Expansion.
New Capital Bikeshare Dashboard
The City created a new dashboard to display data about Capital Bikeshare use. The dashboard is available online here.
Capital Bikeshare continues to operate in Alexandria and in the DC region. Capital Bikeshare is following updates on COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials. The program will continue to take actions necessary to help protect the community. For more information, please visit: www.capitalbikeshare.com/blog/covid19
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 over 500 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination.
Trips are $2 for 30 minutes and is a great way to get around the region. Capital Bikeshare also has $5 annual memberships for those that are receiving federal assistance. Please see the attached flyer for more information about Capital Bikeshare memberships.
Want to save time, save money, have fun, get exercise, and go green? Joining Capital Bikeshare is easy. Follow the simple instructions to learn how to become a member.
Capital Bikeshare Expansion
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 2016, an analysis was conducted through the Transportation Master Plan that provided guidance on locations for future Bikeshare stations.
In 2017, staff solicited community feedback on the next round of station locations and selected ten stations that were then approved for installation during public hearings at the Traffic & Parking Board. Because both the stations and bikes are funded through federal grants, staff must go through a multi-step process in order to purchase new stations. For the past two years, staff has been working closely with the state to overcome contracting hurdles that have prevented the City from installing these stations. Staff anticipate surmounting the final hurdles this year so 17 stations can be purchased. Installations are scheduled to begin in late fall 2021.
Six new bikeshare stations were installed in Summer and Fall 2020 bringing the total number of stations to 37. These stations have been funded by nearby developments as a condition of their approval.
West End Expansion
City staff is also in the process of securing seven bikeshare stations that Arlington is replacing, which will bring the total number of stations to 44. Five of the seven stations have been installed, and so there are currently a total of 42 bikeshare stations in the City. These stations are in good working condition and enable the City to deploy bikeshare to the West End ahead of the planned schedule using phased state funding for station purchases. These stations will ultimately be replaced with brand new ones over the next few years but purchasing these used stations allows the City to get stations installed and operational now while future phases of the funding process is completed.
The 17 stations planned to be purchased with the first phase of state funding that were approved by the Traffic and Parking Board in 2017 will not be part of this expansion since staff is actively working on plans to purchase those stations as soon as VDOT funding is secured.
Staff used guidance from the Transportation Master Plan for general locations for these stations. In addition, staff is coordinating these locations with plans for 10 stations previously approved and developments that have provided a contribution for a future station. Locations must be vetted by the bikeshare operator to ensure operational requirements are met.
Six installation locations have been approved by Traffic & Parking Board for parking removal and approved by the bikeshare operator and City staff for operations.
- North Hampton Dr at Ford Ave (installed and operational)
- Whiting St & Lane Drive (installed and operational)
- Taney Ave & N Howard Street (installed and operational)
- Kenmore Ave & Seminary Road (installed and operational)
- North Howards Street & North Imboden Street (installed and operational)
- Fillmore Ave & Bisdorf Drive (installation pending City paving project)
The final location will be on private property and has been approved by the bikeshare operator and City staff for operations.
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More details will be posted once locations are finalized and the installation schedules are confirmed.
The City launched the Capital Bikeshare Trip Data Dashboard which includes trip data from 2018 through 2021.
The Capital Bikeshare Dashboard provides Alexandria specific detailed information on station usage and ridership patterns throughout the City.
Annual data summaries are available here:
- 2020 Alexandria Dashboard
- 2019 Alexandria Dashboard
- 2018 Alexandria Dashboard
- 2017 Alexandria Dashboard
- 2016 Alexandria Dashboard
- 2015 Alexandria Dashboard
Station locations are selected from locations suggested by the community and near new development sites, and 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. The Transportation Master Plan also provides more information about planned locations for future bikeshare stations. In addition, the following technical considerations also apply:
- Direct sunlight
- At least 11'x 42' of clearance
- Sidewalk/pedestrian clearance
- Utility clearance
- VDOT approval (if applicable)
- City Right Of Way
Prior Public Engagement
- Board of Architectural Review – October 2011 and July 2013
- Capital Bikeshare Open House - January 28, 2015
- Transportation Master Plan – Online wikimap – August to October 2014
- Transportation Master Plan Public Meetings –
- Sept. 30, 2014 (Overview of existing stations and input on future stations)
- Sept 24, 2015 (Showed recommended bikeshare station locations)
- Transportation 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
- Bikeshare Expansion Outreach - May-June, 2017
- Board of Architectural Review - Old & Historic District - June 21, 2017
- Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on Spring 2018 Expansion - July 24, 2017
- Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on West End Expansion - October 26, 2020
- Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on West End Expansion - February 22, 2021
- Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on West End Expansion - March 22, 2021
- Traffic & Parking Board Oral Update on Bikeshare Expansion Project - July 26, 2021
- Upcoming: Traffic & Parking Board Public Hearing on Bikeshare Expansion Project - September 27, 2021
Prior to installation, adjacent businesses and civic associations will be notified about the new bikeshare stations.