Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Oct. 21 for Capital Bikeshare in Fairfax

It's official: Capital Bikeshare will launch on Friday, October 21 in Reston and Tysons. As we mentioned earlier, bikeshare stations have been popping up in Reston lately. We didn't realize that the system would be open in less than two weeks. See maps of the Reston and Tysons station locations.

There will be two ribbon-cutting ceremonies, one in Reston at 2 p.m. at the Wiehe-Reston East station and another shortly afterwards at the Tysons Spring Hill station.

See the official bikeshare launch invitation. From Fairfax County:
On Friday, October 21, 2016, Fairfax County elected officials, community partners and county staff will host a two-part ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of Capital Bikeshare in Fairfax County. The Capital Bikeshare program will provide residents and visitors short-term, on-demand access to bicycles at 29 stations located in Reston and Tysons, and is part of a regional network of more than 400 stations in the District of Columbia, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County and Montgomery County. The Fairfax County portion of the Bikeshare system officially opens to the public on Friday, October 21, 2016.

Who: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins
Tysons Partnership President Michael Caplin
Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager Adam Lind

When: Friday, October 21, 2016
Reston: 2 p.m.; Tysons: Approximately 3:15 p.m.

Where: Reston Celebration - Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station
Capital Bikeshare station on the plaza at bus bay F
1862 Wiehle Avenue, Reston, VA 20190

After the conclusion of the Reston celebration, take Metrorail Silver Line (approximately between 2:36-2:58 p.m.) for an 8-minute trip to the Spring Hill Metrorail Station in Tysons.

Tysons Celebration - Spring Hill Metrorail Station
Capital Bikeshare station located just as you exit the station on the east side of route 7
1576 Spring Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22182
FABB has been working with the county for several years discussing possible bikehsare locations in Reston. Back in 2010, with support from FABB, the county applied for TIGER II funds to implement bikesharing in Reston. They didn't receive those funds but they did receive funds in 2013 to conduct a bikeshare feasibility study in Reston. FABB will be working with the county and with Tysons Partnership to spread the word about bikeshare and to advocate for better bike conditions in Reston and Tysons.

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