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Another New Capital Bikeshare Location Opens in Reston

by RestonNow.com — May 10, 2017 at 10:15 am 52 Comments

The Capital Bikeshare’s presence in Reston increased this week with the opening of another location.

Capital Bikeshare celebrated the opening of a new station at Reston Parkway and Spectrum Drive by tweeting a photo and thanking hard-working staff for their work in installing it.

The new location was stocked with eight available bikes, plus seven empty slots for returning bikes.

Since its debut in October, Capital Bikeshare has been thriving in Reston. Representatives have reported that usership has been enjoying big numbers since the first nine stations opened. Since then, three more were immediately approved, and just in March, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation approved another 10 locations with funding from a TAP grant (Transportation Alternatives Program).

Studies have shown that Reston users have not only been using the bikeshare to travel to and from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and local commercial areas, but also to take many “longer, more recreational rides.”

Residents interested in having a Bikeshare station installed in their neighborhood can email their request to [email protected] or use the interactive map at www.cabistations.com.

Image courtesy of Capital Bikeshare via Twitter

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  • vdiv

    “Capital Bikeshare has been thriving in Reston.”
    Really?! Is this why there is a big promotion going (50% off) to sign up people?

    Where are the charging stations for electric cars?

    • Kara Gardner Wills

      While I applaud your use of an electric car, why should charging it at a public place be free?

      • vdiv

        I’m not saying it should be free, I’m saying it should be available.

      • The Constitutionalist

        In vdiv’s defense, I’ve seen a hell of a lot more Teslas on the road than I have Bikeshare riders… or even cyclists at all for that matter.

        • Greg

          And let the record know how many taxes are paid by those Tesla owner / motorists. Between sales, inspection, licensing, utility, and annual property taxes, they are orders of magnitude greater than those paid by a Bikeshare rider.

          • The Constitutionalist

            True.

    • Greg

      Capital Bikeshare has come to Fairfax County and for a limited time, county residents can save 50% off the annual $85 membership fee with a special code from the Department of Transportation Bike Program. To receive your discount code, simply fill in the form on this page (all fields required) and click on the button to Submit.

      http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/bikeshareoffer2017.htm

    • D

      I heard a LOT of people have been using the new program, It’s success has been BIG news and people are talking about how much they like it. It is going to be a HUGE benefit. Already the number of cars on local roads have decreased. I don’t know but it is probably a direct result of the bikeshare program.

      • vdiv

        Really?! I have not seen a single person riding on one. Must be staring at my phone while driving 😉

      • Greg

        Your hearing needs a checkup 🙂

      • Mike M

        You are a shill.

      • jmsullivan

        Mr. President? Is that you?

  • Jenny Gibbers

    WJLA, on your side, reports

    “The pricing is deceiving,” “misleading,” and “It was not made clear you have to dock every 30 minutes.” Riders expressed outrage at bills of $54, $100, and even $188.

    Reminds me of blockbuster and late returns, stupid pays. Longer term this business model is not sustainable, just going by history.

  • Nyla J.

    Thriving = exactly two people used the bike share once

  • The Constitutionalist

    Since this whole thing was forced into Reston, I’ve seen less than 5 people using Bikeshare.

    • Mike M

      But, but if fulfills the Socialist ideal! And that’s all that matters.

      • The Constitutionalist

        I wonder how long it takes for them to make back their investment.

        • Mike M

          Classified information! Maybe 2030? Maybe?

          • The Constitutionalist

            Ah yes, I keep forgetting that cycling is the future!

          • John Higgins

            I’m not curious enough to chase it down, but the story provides a clue: Transportation Alternatives Program grant.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Definitely a grant somewhere.

      • Adrian Havill

        And yet, the owners are Capitalists who believe they’ll make a buck.

        • Mike M

          Well are they real capitalists? Or are they grant beneficiaries (a.k.a, crony capitalists)? Honestly, Adrian, every time I pass one of these racks it is full. I saw a couple using them on the W&OD once. For that reason, I am with those question whether this arrangement is genuinely “thriving” just because these “representatives” say so.

          • Adrian Havill

            Not sure one would invest millions without research and a long-term plan. Could be grants are involved, maybe not, but feel free to use innuendos and anecdotal observations if that’s all you got,

          • Mike M

            Someone already established that they are subsidized. That was my original point. Now we see the one on the top of your head.

            Sigh! They may do well in DC. That may be a lie too. They may survive only due to subsidy. But the Reston arrangement sure seems like a total subsidy scam to me. What have you got to refute that? Nothing but your attitude.

            By the way, people have invested millions and long-term plans that failed. I know some banks that would have failed without a bailout. So , . . .

        • Greg

          Yeah? The only capital the owners are using is that taken from the taxpayers:

          Nine stations opened in Reston in October, while three more have opened so far this year. FCDOT is funding the operations in Reston and Tysons, as approved by the Board of Supervisors last year.

          https://www.restonnow.com/2017/03/29/fcdot-happy-with-reston-bikeshare-usage-hopes-to-install-10-more-stations/

          • Adrian Havill

            Sigh. The operator of BikeShare is called Motivate and they operate in three countries–here, Canada, and Australia. In the Washington area, they get about 5000 rentals per week. Indeed, they do use public/private partnerships and the firm, which has more than 700 employees is expanding. (Fun fact: the largest investor used to be Bain Capital, once headed by Mitt Romney. Can’t get more capitalist than that!)

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Bikeshare

            P.S. Your link is dead.

          • Greg

            Link works fine.

          • Adrian Havill

            All startups lose money in its first years whether the name is Tesla or Uber or yes, even Amazon. Sometimes they get government money on a local, state or federal money. There is more success than failure.

          • Greg

            No, there is not more success than failure. At least 90% of startups fail.

            https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2015/01/16/90-of-startups-will-fail-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-10/#5df5efd66679

            And, pivoting back to the point, Fairfax County and Cathy Hudgins are continuously and perpetually crying poverty, raising taxes, and insisting that there is absolutely nothing in the budget that can be cut.

            Money-losing Bikeshare should be cut.

          • Adrian Havill

            On the other hand there are 16 companies worth more than a billion dollars that are startups. But if you want to cut money losers you can start with Reston’s swimming pools and expand from there. Ffx County has put $1.7 million into Bikeshare, That’s about a buck and a quarter per person for one year. I can afford it and if you can’t I’ll mail you a check.
            http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/23/investing/shazam-tech-startups-lose-money/

          • Greg

            Although I agree that all but two or three of the Reston pools should be closed, those are RA money pits and not the county’s burden.

            The county has Reston’s needless burden called the STD #5, with its multiple community centers — which are another bloated over funded organization looking for problems to spend our money on.

            To paraphrase a wise Senator Dirkson, a million here and a million there and pretty soon we are wasting real money. The point is that the county continues to waste funds on non essential frills, in this case a private company, with dubious at best benefits.

            The county and Hudgins are crying wolf with their nonsense about never having enough money.

          • Adrian Havill

            Actually, the quote is “A billion here, etc.” and there is much doubt as to whether or not Dirksen even ever said the phrase.
            http://www.everettdirksen.name/print_emd_billionhere.htm

            As to wasting dollars let me quote Gimbel’s Department Store when they were in a sales battle with Macy’s. Said the founder of the chain, “I know half of our ad dollars are wasted. I just don’t know which half.”

          • Greg

            Actually, I didn’t quote — I paraphrased.

            And, although we are not talking failed or failing retailers, your point on waste is relevant. Gimbel’s is long gone. Macy’s is not doing well and closing hundreds of locations.

            Wasting money is a terrible thing for anyone or any entity and the government to do — and this debacle on a private biking entity is waste. Pure and simple.

          • Adrian Havill

            Ninety percent fail. Why? Mostly lack of capital. A good, deeply researched idea usually succeeds. Capital Bikeshare is not a popup or a food truck.

          • Greg

            My money is on that Capital Bikeshare will fail. Soon. It certainly will fail without continuing government subsidies.

            More to the point, it’s losing money now, and has been since its inception. Paraphrasing another poster, without government subsidies from every jurisdiction in which it operates, the bikes would be scap and the entity among the 90 percent.

        • The Constitutionalist

          Everyone is a Capitalist. You just don’t know it.

          • Adrian Havill

            Tell that to Ralph Nader.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Why?

            Does his $6M+ net worth not say enough?

          • Adrian Havill

            Uh, he gives most of his income away, does not own a car, lives in a two-bedroom rental apartment (have been there) dresses in cheap suits, has no children and never married. Any net worth will be distributed among several charities when he passes. This might help you out.
            https://www.commondreams.org/headlines/061800-01.htm

          • The Constitutionalist

            Uh, how did he come by his income that he gives away? It certainly wasn’t selling things for profit now was it?

            We are all personal Capitalists. We make decisions based on how they will make ourselves better off. This man chooses to believe that he is better off by giving away his income, not driving a car, buying cheap suits, living in a two bedroom apartment (you’ve been there), and by not marrying or having children.

            You do realize that you don’t have to argue with everyone who isn’t a Socialist, right?

          • Adrian Havill

            You really should refrain from speaking in absolutes like “we are all” and “everyone.'” Was Mother Teresa a capitalist or any of the nuns who took vows of poverty to work with here. There are millions of people on this planet to whom money is incidental.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Economics is, at its root, the science of making decisions. We make decisions, one way or the other, to better ourselves. Did Mother Teresa or her nuns who took vows of poverty to work with her, familiar with Matthew 6:19-21, or Matthew 19:21, or Luke 12:33, or Proverbs 19:17? Undoubtedly, the answer is yes. By living a life of poverty on Earth, Mother Theresa and her nuns believed that it was making themselves better off in the future.

            Value isn’t just about money, friend.

          • Adrian Havill

            So now you’re adding “undoubtedly” to “everyone” and “we are all.” Rich. And you purport to know the beliefs of Mother Teresa when you can’t even spell her name right.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Fixed.

            Again, you are avoiding the facts of the discussion in an attempt to attack me directly for my use of, quite accurate, blanket statements.

            The facts aren’t up for debate. If you can disprove anything that I’ve said, please do, if not, continue to live your life with your eyes closed mentality.

            You never cease to prove to everyone reading these threads that you can’t challenge anyone on a factual basis and, in the end, result to your emotional non sequitur attacks.

          • Adrian Havill

            I can prove how Mother Teresa spelled her name. Emotional? If laughing at your silly paragraphs make me emotional, then you win.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Spelling is not the issue here and was an error easily fixed. Stay on track. The topic of discussion was Capitalism, economics, and personal choice.

            You can’t beat me in an argument of wits, so instead you will try and discredit me as an individual, but not the substance of my message.

            I know I win. I win every time someone on here tries to argue with me. It’s unfortunate that arguing with Liberals turns into a default victory based on your debate approach, but another W in the victory column nonetheless.

          • Adrian Havill

            You do claim to know a lot. Humility is not your forte.

          • The Constitutionalist

            We can both agree on that.

            We all have things to work on. 🙂

            I do, when we can both stay civil, enjoy debating with you though.

          • Adrian Havill

            Over and out.

    • Greg

      Five more than I have seen using it.

  • Guest

    A complete scam. I so seldom see anyone actually using these clunky bikes. Without the Fairfax county subsidy, they would be scrap metal.

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