Thursday, June 2, 2016
9 June Public Hearing on Funding Falls Church Capital Bikeshare
Falls Church hopes to expand Capital Bikeshare to the city, but the plan may be stopped short if necessary funding is not approved. Your input can help make the difference. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is holding a public hearing next week on whether to fund the Falls Church program as part of its FY2017 program.
FABB is encouraging members and interested citizens to speak up in support of bringing the popular bike share program to Falls Church. The public hearing will be held at 7pm, June 9, at 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA. Comments can also be submitted by email to FY2017Program@TheNoVaAuthority.org .
Falls Church submitted an application to the NVTA, which is a regional body that works to fund transportation initiatives that provide cost effective congestion relief, like Capital Bikeshare. If approved, NVTA funding would support the installation of up to 16 bikeshare stations in Falls Church, providing residents and visitors additional travel options to Metro and points around the city. It would also serve to connect the city to the regional bikeshare network that already covers the District, Arlington, Alexandria, and soon the Reston-Herndon and Tysons areas. Falls Church plans to have its bikeshare program online by late spring or early summer of 2017.
The effort to bring bikeshare to Falls Church follows the City Council’s unanimous adoption of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan in 2015. The plan identifies several bikeshare corridors and recommended bike routes and infrastructure that will help increase access to the East and West Falls Church Metro stations and improve connections throughout the region.
FABB supports bikesharing as a way to expand transportation options and promote better bicycling in the area. By making bicycles readily available in the community, bikeshare encourages more people to make their trips by bike. More people biking, in turn, increases demand for better bike infrastructure. It also serves to increase motorist awareness of bicyclists contributing to a safer biking environment.