New Battery-Operated Bikes Coming to Capital Bikeshare in Reston

by Fatimah Waseem September 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm 9 Comments

New black, battery-operated bikes are coming to Reston’s Capital Bikeshare fleet tomorrow (September 5) through a pilot program by Fairfax County Government.

Roughly 80 bikes will be added to Reston and Tysons Capital Bikeshare locations through a program called Capital Bikeshares Plus. The new pedal-assist bicycles, called e-bikes, allow users to get a small boost and make it easier to pedal uphill and across longer distances.

With the pedal assist feature of e-bikes, shared active mobility will be accessible to a greater variety of riders,” said Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager Nicole Wynands. “We hope that e-bikes will open the door for more Fairfax County residents and visitors to enjoy the many benefits of getting around by bicycle.”

The new bikes are black and marked with a lightning bolt symbol in the Capital Bikeshare app. But unlike traditional bikes, the e-bikes must be powered on before the start of the trip. Current Capital Bikeshare members can use the bikes at no additional charge.

The pilot program will run through November. County officials expect they will “integrate seamlessly” with the existing Capital Bikeshare system in the county.

Photo via Capital Bikeshare

  • I Miss Karen

    “…easier to pedal uphill on across longer distances.”

  • Mike M

    Rickshaws and mules are next. They too are regressive, but they carry more stuff.

    • 30yearsinreston

      That offends the chinese

  • Passive Voice

    “Roughly 80 bikes will be added to Reston and Tysons Capital Bikeshare locations through a program called Capital Bikeshares Plus”

    RCA: Some languages, including several Southeast Asian languages, use a form of passive voice to indicate that an action or event was unpleasant or undesirable.

  • Chkitout1

    We’ll certainly have enough bike lanes for them.

    • Greg

      If only we could find cyclists to use them,

      Kind, tolerant, respectful, lawful cyclists who keep their vulgar gestures and words to themselves would be nice…but we digress.

      Even at a fire-sale membership price of 50% off, the vast majority of the additionally subsidized Capital Bikeshare bikes sit unused the vast majority of the time.

    • OneReally

      One day the bikes will evolve into cars and South Lakes Dr. will return to 4 lanes.

      Curious if they’re apart of a grant, but at this point don’t really care. Moving day cannot came fast enough.

  • Umust B Kidding

    80 bikes–now there’s a traffic solution!

    • 30yearsinreston

      Thank Hudgins and Plum


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