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Progress Report: Reston Bikeshare Still on Track for Fall Opening

by Karen Goff — September 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm 2 Comments

Capital Bikeshare, Pentagon City, Arlington/Credit: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz via Creative CommonsCapital Bikeshare’s first Fairfax County locations are still on track to open in the next few months in Reston and Tysons, says Fairfax County Bicycle Program Coordinator Adam Lind.

Lind said this week the county is in the process of “finalizing the contract with the Capital Bikeshare operator, Motivate.”

“Once the contract is signed installations will begin soon after,” he said. “We don’t have a specific launch date yet, but the target is still Fall 2016.”

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the $1.7 million program for Reston and Tyson in January. In late 2015, the supervisors OKed the county’s application for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s FY 2017 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant Application, which gives $400,000 as seed money for bike share program. That money will go to pay for needed equipment such as bicycles and station hardware.

There are plans for 132 bicycles in Reston at 15 stations located between the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and Reston Town Center; and 80 bicycles available in Tysons at 11 stations located east of Route 7, north of Route 123, and south of the Dulles Toll Road.

Lind said Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff will be at Friday’s New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour at Reston Town Center. That event is also a fundraiser for Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling. Capital Bikeshare will have bikeshare bikes available for test rides.

See the map below to see where the Reston bikeshare stations will be located.

Reston Bike Share Station Locations by Karen Goldberg Goff on Scribd

  • Tom

    What portion of Reston streets have dedicated bike lanes? There are a few around my area in South Lakes but I don’t remember such lanes around RTC. Until you have that, I don’t see the attraction of this.

  • jak3401

    All of those stops (besides the RTC ones) are right off the W&OD trail. I think the idea is that you pick up a bike at Wiehle Metro and ride it to one of those stops or vice versa and that traffic is slow enough inside RTC that you don’t really feel like you need a dedicated bike lane.

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