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Public Outreach Sessions Slated on Expansion of Capital Bikeshare to South Reston

by Dave Emke — August 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm 108 Comments

(This article was updated at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, with information about the third outreach session.)

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation plans to bring 10 new locations of Capital Bikeshare to Reston, including nine south of the Dulles Toll Road.

Phase II of the expansion of Capital Bikeshare to the area is intended to “increase the number of destinations within the system, while also taking advantage of new bike infrastructure in 2017 to make riding safer and more enjoyable for all,” according to FCDOT. Fifteen Capital Bikeshare locations have already been installed in Reston, all in the northern part of the community.

The proposed new locations for Capital Bikeshare stations include Baron Cameron Avenue/Hampton Avenue North, as well as nine in South Reston:

  • Soapstone Drive/Sunrise Valley Drive
  • Soapstone Drive/South Lakes Drive
  • Campus Commons Drive
  • South Lakes Village Center
  • Hunters Woods Village Center
  • Barton Hill Park
  • Lake Audubon Pool
  • Glade Pool
  • Hunters Woods Park

Public outreach events to gather community input on the proposed sites are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10 at Lake Audubon Pool (2070 Twin Branches Road) and Thursday, Aug 17 at Glade Pool (11550 Glade Drive). Both are slated for 1-5 p.m.

A third outreach session will be held Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Reston Farmers Market in Lake Anne Plaza.

Phase II of the Bikeshare project is federally funded, with 10 new stations being paid for by a TAP grant. Because of this, they all must be located in the public right of way. Therefore, FCDOT plans to replace some of the locally funded Phase I stations that are on public rights of way with federally funded stations, and then relocate the Phase I stations to South Reston sites (Campus Commons Drive, South Lakes Village Center and Hunters Woods Village Center) where public right of way is not available.

Anyone who cannot attend an outreach session but would like to submit feedback on proposed stations can use the FCDOT comment form, email [email protected] or call 703-877-5600.

  • Stupid

    “Phase II of the Bikeshare project is federally funded, with 10 new
    stations being paid for by a TAP grant. Because of this, they all must
    be located in the public right of way. Therefore, FCDOT plans to replace
    some of the locally funded Phase I stations that are on public rights
    of way with federally funded stations, and then relocate the Phase I
    stations to South Reston sites (Campus Commons Drive, South Lakes
    Village Center and Hunters Woods Village Center) where public right of
    way is not available.”

    This is an absolute waste of tax payer money. Anyone in Reston that wants to ride a bike, owns a bike. Everytime I drive by the BikeShare stations in RTC they are full. Nobody is using this.

    • Jason Rub

      Your username is apt

    • 30yearsinreston

      Look harder

    • Jason Rub

      “Every bird I’ve ever seen has been black, therefore every bird is black” is a logically sound statement that should definitely apply to how our taxes are allocated

    • LisaR

      Pay attention. They are being used. I use them weekly. My coworkers do too. You just choose to ignore that.

  • Greg

    Yet another colossal waste of money. For shame, Fairfax County.

    Meanwhile, the potholes grow ever larger and the weeds growing in my 40-year-old cul-de-sac are thriving.

    • Jason Rub

      Colossal!l hahaha man you NIMBYs sure love to catastrophize every little thing. This will raise property values around the stations and it sounds like the local funding has already been allocated anyway. Also feel free to mow your own neighborhood

      • Greg

        “This will raise property values around the stations…”

        You lie.

        • Jason Rub

          I’m the only one here using his real name, liar

          • Scott

            but a fake picture? for shame! your points are now invalid

          • Jason Rubinstein

            That’s me lol

          • Greg

            I don’t use a fake name…

            Grow up.

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Greg is not a legal name

          • Greg

            John Farrell is a fake name? #smfh

          • Ted jones

            I guess you don’t really understand what the internet and anonymity are about.

        • LisaR

          Got any proof of that, troll? Didn’t think so.

          • Greg

            I am not the one insinuating bikes will increase property values…to borrow your words, pay attention.

          • The Constitutionalist

            @@disqus_F3FqoSqQeL:disqus @[email protected]_KhVuT4v4FV:disqus

            I see we have a budding romance here. How delightful. 🙂

          • Greg

            She’s really my BFF. Opposites attract, right?

            And, nothing is hotter (quite literally) than Lycra and Spandex…ooh la la

      • Scott

        these are no where near the stations smart guy. and, seriously, no one uses these ugly bikes. stupid!

        • Frederic

          Not sure how many of the other stations are used but i work near Isaac newton square and I see that rack gets frequent use and I see riders using the bikes near the metro station daily. I used one when my car was in the shop to get from the shop to work. They are beneficial to some maybe not all

        • Jason Rub

          Property values of the homes around the BIKE stations, smart guy!

          • Scott

            Are you serious? Why would ugly bike racks at Glade Pool make people pay more for a house. Suburban bike share is as stupid as suburban rail. The Do Gooders at FFX County Govt have watched too many episodes of Parks and Rec.

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Lololol Scott have you seen the types of people buying property in Reston nowadays lololol I mean I’ve had ice cream that was vanilla but I didn’t realize they made ice cream out of crackers too lmao

          • Greg

            Words matter….

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Then sign your full name to yours

          • Reston Realist

            Jason, you are either very immature or just clueless. I assume that you still live in your parent’s basement?

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Hahahaha I lived in a bougie condo in Reston town center with a capital bikeshare station right outside my window if you don’t think that isn’t a net positive for the value of the property you don’t understand basic human psychology

          • Reston Realist

            Yeah, right…..

          • Jason Rubinstain

            Clown

      • TheKingJAK

        Lol, property values being raised due to bicycles? That’s completely laughable. I have no problem whatsoever with the bicycle sharing concept, but let’s be realistic here. As far as the street in their neighborhood goes, that isn’t controlled by residents.

        • Jason Rubinstein

          Say it with me: Public transportation infrastructure is not the enemy – bicycles are not bleeding you dry – the coal industry is not coming back

          • Scott

            And there you have it folks. Jason is a radical leftist who is so certain he is right despite all the facts.
            Suburban trains are good despite low ridership and bleeding tax payers in every single case they have ever been built.
            Fossil fuels are bad b/c Al Gore’s discredited movie told me so. #CO2isPlantFood

            Fossil Fuels were once proclaimed dead and all the scientists were sure we had hit “Peak Oil”. Adjusted for inflation, Gasoline costs less today than it did in the 80s. Fracking has revolutionized the fossil fuel market. #science To make such broad claims about coal or any technology, based on the meandering opinions of ‘experts’ is stupid and explicitly non-scientific.

          • The Constitutionalist

            You do realize coal power plants still produce more than 30% of our country’s power… right?

          • Jason Rubinstein

            HahahahahhhHh yes and we’re gonna to double our investment in the industry even thought that same industry has itself moved on to natural gas because that’s how trends work and your numbers are immutable very good sir you got me good

          • The Constitutionalist

            Apparently your parents need to double down your timeouts for not finishing your English homework.

            https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3

            Dispute them, not me. Coal still accounts for more than 30% of our energy production, weather we shift away from it or not, it doesn’t change that fact.

            Stay in school kids, or you end up like Jason.

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Oh noooooo I didn’t dispute your numbers but simply pointed out the trend is going the other way but you’ve called me stupid and now I am vanquished forever and ever and you, “the constitutionalist”, will ascend to Yankee Doodle heaven with Scalia and Kid Rock

          • The Constitutionalist

            I didn’t call you stupid. But you have made an outstanding case for yourself and I would be hard pressed to argue.

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Oh no hard pressed like juice??

          • Greg

            There is ignorance and then there is this. For shame.

          • Jason Rubinstein

            Greg what’s your real name if you feel so strongly about it.

        • Cubsfan6116

          Here’s a study showing that’s exactly what happens.
          Most of Pittsburgh is no denser or more bike-friendly than Reston. http://www.witf.org/news/2016/04/study-pittsburgh-bike-share-increased-property-values.php

          • The Constitutionalist

            literally quoted from your own cited study:

            “We need to go beyond the surface, beyond the first sign that we get from the data. So we see an increase and this is positive, but down the road, this might not be as positive as we think,” says Konstantinos Pelechrinis from Pitt, who also worked on the study.

      • TheKingJAK

        ETA: If you’re talking about quality of life, then programs such as this one can enhance that aspect for a community.

    • LisaR

      Greg is a Nimby troll. Ignore it.

      • Greg

        There you go again with the hate…

  • UStifosi .

    Not one station north of Baron Cameron in North Reston. What a missed opportunity.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Nah, I think it’s fine. We can afford to buy our own bikes up here.

  • John Farrell

    And the meetings seeking feed back are in the middle of the of two workdays. Who does Mr. Lind think is going to show up?

    Oh, I get it FCDOT does really want input; they just want to be able to tell the BOS that they sought input and nobody showed; so, nobody cared. Cynical bureaucrat much?

    • Jason Rubinstein

      See, this is a valid criticism, and deserves more “up votes” than any other comment here including mine

    • Cubsfan6116

      I agree. I live in Reston but work for a different NoVA jurisdiction – and we would never hold public input meetings in the middle of the workday. This is just bad decision-making. (And I’m for more bike-share in Reston).

    • LisaR

      We all know what you are going to say if you go to the meeting anyway, so save us all the time and just submit a comment complaining about no one ever listens to you. Bonus points if you complain about the Lawyers Road bike lanes. We know your agenda John. Move on.

      • Greg

        Hate much?

  • BikeShareUser

    I love bikeshare. I used to drive my car to work in Reston because it was too far to walk to my job if I took Metro. Now I Metro in and then bikeshare to my office. I own a bike too but can’t bring that on Metro during regular commuting hours. I’ve noticed the bikeshare stations have more open slots than when first installed, so someone is using them. I’m just glad I don’t have to sit in traffic anymore. I try and use bikeshare on most days unless it’s raining hard or snowing. Not afraid of the cold. I appreciate more stations. I see other riders going opposite direction. I always assumed they were Reston residents heading to the metro. I think we have bigger issues to worry about than bikes.

    • LisaR

      I used it extensively when I lived in the District. I and my coworkers use it in Reston as well. Adding more stations means I will use it more. These trolls choose to ignore the benefits of this project. Nothing anyone says to them will change their mind, they just want to be unhappy trolls. We’ll be happy Bikeshare users with more places to go!

      • Greg

        Again, because we disagree with your rhetoric, we are trolls? Or our vision is any less accurate than what you allege? Or our opinions on how we want our tax dollars spent is any less valuable? For shame.

    • CGB

      Reston’s stations are getting used. I’ve seen the bikes in south Reston where there are currently no stations, and I’m happy to see that is about to change.

  • The Constitutionalist

    The mods delete my comments but let people post stuff like this?

    • Greg

      Shocking those words pass the default filter (let alone the mods)…although I agree on the ugly part. But calling unattractive architecture ugly is hate, right?

      • RedBloodedAmerican

        Ah Greg….You gave it a like or thumbs up. And then try and give it a pass by mentioning only the architecture part?

        • Greg

          I am not the moderator and do not run the site. The moderator routinely culls far less disgusting comments as others have pointed out. Why s/he didn’t do so here is not something I can answer for you. Hopefully, you’ve flagged the comment.

          As to ugly architecture, yes, that’s an upvote. Ten upvotes.

          • Reston Now

            Yikes. The comment was posted at 3:38 a.m. and it managed to sneak through the automatic filter. It’s gone now and the filters are being tweaked to try to ensure nothing like that makes it through in the future.

          • LisaR

            Can we report Greg as a troll? Is there a link for that?

          • Greg

            I don’t agree with what you post, but I do not call you names. For shame.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            LisaR – Click on any story that might smell remotely worthy of his presence and you will find his comments. #needsalife

            It turns off others who might actually add value – be it for, against or just offering info. #trolllife

          • Greg

            Grow up.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Hit a nerve?

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Sorry….no pass. If that poster said they love puppies in their last sentence it does not warrant a thumbs up. And I never mentioned the moderator…I mentioned your thumbs up. Understand? Did you flag it ?

          • Greg

            Sorry — no pass on your puppies piece. No one said you mentioned the moderator. But you. Next?

            And save your lecture…your blood is no redder than mine.

          • RestonAssurance

            I am so intrigued now! I missed this comment and the suspense is killing me.

          • The Constitutionalist

            You weren’t missing much. Just a comment that gives us all a bad name. I assure you, we’re not all like that.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Greg. YOU mentioned the moderator to me and to “The C’ user as if that mattered to my comment. And liking it for any content you agreed with was in poor taste. I gather you didn’t flag it either. And what do you have against puppies….they are puppies ! As far as lecturing, did I hit a sore spot? Don’t like the pot calling the kettle black?

            RestonAssurance – It was from a user called MAGA something. Hate filled speech that was just that.

          • Greg

            There is dense and then there is …. You make no sense. Move on.

            And, I hate puppies.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            How does architecture and giving a thumbs up to a really bad post have anything to do with bikeshare in Reston? You can’t claim where’s the moderator but not flag it and like it. Stop with the off topic comments. It was clear it got thru and just hadn’t been addressed yet.

          • Greg

            Really? Clear to whom? Did you flag it if it was so horrible?

            And what do any of your off-topic diatribes have to do with with wasteful bike infrastructure? #smfh

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Explain why it’s ok to like an awful post. Because it supported your dislike of bikeshare?

          • Greg

            Explain why you can’t focus. And keep pivoting. And come with with absurd questions.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            You said: “Shocking those words pass the default filter (let alone the mods)…although I agree on the ugly part. But calling unattractive architecture ugly is hate, right?

            Exactly how is that on topic re: bikeshare? Every comment on here doesn’t warrant your drivel. Why not go to the bikeshare sessions to share your views?

            And why did you like a hateful comment but make it sound like others are at fault.

          • Greg

            Because “others” didn’t report it.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            You don’t know that. I know you liked it though.

          • Greg

            Yes, I do.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            What’s next – I know you are but what am I comments?

          • Greg

            Once again, your blabber makes no sense. Grow up.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            No really. You liked hate speech under the guise of not liking a building. You think you are right all the time with the constant drivel of commentary about Reston. You can’t let it go. You have to get the last word. Get off the internet and enjoy life.

          • Greg

            “Let it go.” Listen to your own, in this case, lecture and take your own advice!

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Take your own advice you should. Last word syndrome you have?

          • Greg

            Nope — you get the gold medal for that, pal.

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            Far from your pal. But at near 2000 comments, I think you have it wrapped up. Can’t stop commenting can you? Like any other hate speech?

          • Greg

            Let it go…let it go…

          • RedBloodedAmerican

            I did for 2 days but you couldn’t wait could you. Sheesh.

      • The Constitutionalist

        I don’t think you read the whole comment.

        • Greg

          I did — just borrowing a bit from the hate thread.

    • Edward Calvert

      That’s what I was going to say too.

  • vdiv

    Baltimore’s bike share program uses electrically assisted bikes, which are more appropriate for longer distance riding (what we have here) and less fit riders (ditto). Was any thought put into having those available here in the burbs?

    • Greg

      Because VA’s electricity is not green…it’s mostly coal and nuke (and cheap — unlike in Baltimore where it’s twice as expensive). Libbies don’t like coal and nukes.

      • vdiv

        No, it is likely because of cost and because the established Capital Bikeshare network already uses regular bikes. I just want to know if it was considered, what factors were taken into account, and how the decision was made.

        • Greg

          Hopefully you don’t have to work or are otherwise encumbered during the two daytime meetings and can find out.

          But, considering it’s a wasteful special-interest project Hudgins has already decided we will have, your quest for knowledge is likely moot.

          If you do go, please ask sister Hudgins when she plans to install more street lighting in Reston.

          • RestonAssurance

            Yes, please – more street lighting!

          • The Constitutionalist

            Please no. What an absolute waste of money. Cars have headlights, we don’t need to light up the streets more.

          • RestonAssurance

            I wish to be able to see pedestrians for their safety and mine.

          • The Constitutionalist

            How about a common sense fix to a common sense problem. One that doesn’t cost money, isn’t ugly, and doesn’t going to keep people up at night.

            Turn your headlights on.
            Look before you cross the road.
            Get your eyes fixed.
            Wear bright clothing at night.
            Don’t walk in the road.
            Don’t drive on the sidewalk.
            Pay attention.
            Put your phone down while driving.
            Use your brain.

          • RestonAssurance

            I agree, and I do all of those things; however, many pedestrians do not. Their take is that motorists are the responsible party.
            No looking before crossing the road
            Looking, but crossing without hesitation with cars in the road.
            Dark clothes at night.
            Walking in the road.
            Don’t pay attention – use their phone while walking.
            Don’t use their brain.

          • The Constitutionalist

            And street lights will fix the problem. It will cause them to pay more attention before crossing the road, it will light up their dark clothes and they will no longer walk in the road and they’ll put their phones down.

            Ah well, you’ve convinced me. I am now for traffic lights.

  • RedBloodedAmerican

    Ban this user and comment and those who like the comment.

    • Greg

      But that’s hateful!

    • RestonAssurance

      Who was it? I can’t see it.

  • LisaR

    I guess Verizon hooked up Fios to the troll bridge again. So much hate in these comments.

    • Greg

      And you, dear, are leading the pack with hateful comments.

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