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Now Open: Capital Bikeshare in Reston

by Karen Goff — October 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm 18 Comments

Del. Ken Plum (second from left), Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova and Rep. Gerry Connolly among VIPS cutting bikeshare ribbon in Reston

Capital Bikeshare officially launched in Fairfax County on Friday, with nine stations in Reston and eight in Tysons Corner now available to add another mode to the area’s multimodal transportation.

Reston station bikeshare stationBy the time local officials such as Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va 11th), County Supervisor Sharon Bulova, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Del. Ken Plum cut the ceremonial ribbon at Reston Station at 2 p.m., it was most certainly not biking weather as rain began to fall and wind began to blow.

Nonetheless, the bikeshare stations will now offer a new way to get around Reston, 24 hours a day, rain or shine. The county plans to have a total of 29 stations soon (15 in Reston), said county bicycle program manager Adam Lind.

“To be able to stand here with well on the way to 30 bikeshare stations in Fairfax County less than two years after the feasibility study is really a testament to the hard work and effort that went into this,” said Lind.

“Bikeshare is really another transportation option. It is really about solving that last mile of getting people from transit to where they live and work. That is why we concentrated bikeshare from here to the town center.”

Stations that opened Friday include the YMCA Fairfax County Reston; Reston Town Center Transit Station; Reston Regional Library; Reston Station; Temporary Road and Old Reston Avenue; Library Street and Freedom Drive (Reston Town Center); New Dominion Parkway and Fountain Drive (Reston Town Center); Sunset Hills and Old Reston Avenue; and Town Center Parkway and Bowman Towne Drive.

The Reston and Tysons bikeshare operations join the more than 400 stations in the Capital Bikeshare network.

Hudgins said Reston was a natural place to put Fairfax County’s first bikeshare system.

“Reston is a well-connected place,” she said. “We have the [Metro] station, the town center, the village centers and the W&OD Trail. In less than three miles, you can go any of those places. This will be a real connector.”

Hudgins said multimodal transportation has been on the minds of county officials since they started planning for Metro here years ago.

“When we started planing for transit, we said ‘we have got to find out how t0 connect people to transit. We knew that biking would be another option for us. When Reston developed under [founder] Bob Simon — I think he is up there cheering — our village centers are within three miles of transit. This kickoff is just the beginning for us.”

Visit Capital Bikeshare online to see membership options, rates and how to use the system.

Photos: Top. Del. Ken Plum (second from left), Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova and Rep. Gerry Connolly among VIPS cutting bikeshare ribbon in Reston; Bottom, Bikeshare station at Reston Station.

  • Mike M

    Look! All the developers’ people are there!

    • One Really

      The Who’s who of people dragging this community down.

      • Mike M

        A who’s who of whom the Libs will re-elect at their first opportunity!

        • WhoaIsYouOhWhoaIsYou

          A who’s who of whom the Rs will whine about without promoting a reasonable alternative. Or as they like to say “put up or stfu”.

          • Mike M

            I will never stfu. Ever. Not even when I’m dead.
            I see your part of our Dem problem.

          • The Constitutionalist

            They’ve been doing it for years. They just think that by giving more and more responsibility to the government, it will magically solve all the issues that they created.

            I wouldn’t say liberalism is a mental disorder, but it’s certainly bordering it.

          • Guest

            They’ve been doing it for years. They just think that by giving more and more responsibility to the plutocrats, it will magically solve all the issues that they created.

            I wouldn’t say conservatism is a mental disorder, but it’s certainly bordering it.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Yes…because power isn’t derived from wealth on the left?. Keep telling yourself that. Keep voting for the status quo, and keep watching your quality of life diminish.

            But most of all, keep complaining about it and not doing anything about it.

          • Guest

            Yes…because social security isn’t derived from government on the right? Keep telling yourself that. Keep voting to reduce benefits to American veterans, and keep watching your quality of life diminish.

            But most of all, keep complaining about it and not doing anything about it.

  • Walter Hadlock

    An ad for Capitol Bike Share that accompanies this article (rotates with other ads?) shows the Bike Share site at the Spring Hill Metro station. Since one of Metro’s options to save money is closing a number of stations for part of the day includes Spring Hill, this is an interesting choice for the Bike Share people. Maybe they hope morning and evening “Rush Hour” service passengers will use the bikes?

  • jak153493

    Used one of the bikes to get to work this morning. For $2, it’s not a bad option to have instead of waiting for a bus when heading east/west on Sunset Hills. I’ll probably stick with my own bike for days when I’m making a round trip though.

  • Sally Forth

    The light dawns for some but not so much for others… Supervisor Hudgins says “Reston is a well-connected place” now that Capital Bike Share has opened. Sure hope our neighbors in south Reston don’t realize that they have been completely left out in this great development! They already know they are the lowly residents of Reston after seeing Hudgins concentration on improving all the bells and whistles of Reston north of the Silver Line and nothing added on the south side. Didn’t I read that they even had their Fox Mill/Reston Parkway recylcing center removed with little notice? Question: what did you guys do to deserve shunning by the mistress of improvements?

    • Mike M

      They kept voting for her.

      • Sally Forth

        HUH? Would understand disparity IF they had not voted for her, but I think their support is pretty consistent with ours on north side… So what is the answer? Maybe Sup. Hudgins can answer?

        • Mike M

          When a pol knows she can count on your vote no matter what she does, she acts in her own self-interest and in the interest of her special friends. It is no longer about her constituents. This has been a hallmark of the Democratic Party in the US in recent years. As for Hillary goes for Kathy. You program the sheep on emotional and conceptual issues that are largely irrelevant, then you do as you please when you get in office.

          • Sally Forth

            Uh, Mike, yours is a very simplistic view. GOP not exactly experiencing a shining moment now, ya know? But for pols not to play fair with resources? As the old saw goes: “All politics is local.” Time for a new HM supervisor!

  • Communism, party elite

    None of them look like they would ever ride the bike.

  • Rational Reston

    This is very handy people, if you see anyone of the people in the picture on a ballot, DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM, even if they are unopposed.

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