Friday, October 30, 2015

Bikesharing in Reston

Last night Fairfax County DOT staff presented an update on Reston Bikeshare. Participants were given an opportunity to comment on the proposed bikeshare station locations (right).  Adam Lind, the new bike coordinator, then gave a short update and answered questions.

The county received $500,000 in 2013 to fund a feasibility study and for initial implementation. The county is applying for an additional $500,000 from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for "Reston Bike Share Capital Equipment" ($400,000 federal funds and $100,000 local matching funds). The Reston system will be part of Capital Bikeshare.

See the Washington Post article that appeared in today's paper: Capital Bikeshare is coming to Fairfax. First stop, Reston.

The following timeline was presented at the meeting:

  • Jan-Apr 2016 - Design of station pads
  • May-Nov 2016 - Land acquisition/license agreements
  • Jun-Sep 2016 - Order stations and bikes
  • Dec 2016-Jun 2017 - Construction of station pads
  • 4 months prior to launch - Pre-launch marketing activities
  • 1 month prior to launch - Installation of stations and bicycles
  • Late 2016-Early 2017 - Capital Bikeshare in Reston Begins!

An option for expediting the project is to use local funds for some of the initial activities. Adam noted that two of the station locations were modified from the earlier plan. Station 6, Wiehle Station/Southside was eliminated and Station 12 was moved to a better location further west.

The Reston Hospital station will be located on Town Center Parkway, a long walk from most destinations at the hospital and surrounding medical buildings, highlighting one of the major challenges of locating stations on private property.

Even though the system will not be adjacent to other bikeshare stations, operations and maintenance will be conducted by Motivate using their DC facilities. As the system grows it may be necessary to localize those activities.

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I wish I had gone to this, I like the idea of bike share, but I am surprised at the number of stations in Reston town center. Did they talk about expected trips, are most going to start and end at the metro?

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