Friday, October 21, 2016

Capital Bikeshare Launched in Fairfax County - Update Oct. 22

From L-R: Tom Biesiadny, head of Fairfax DOT, Del. Plum
Chairman Bulova, Congressman Connolly, Supervisor
Hudgins, Charlie Strunk, former bike coordinator, and
Adam Lind, current bike coordinator
Today marks a milestone for biking in Fairfax County with the launch of Capital Bikeshare in Reston and Tysons. The system was officially opened at 5 a.m. today. At 2 p.m. dignitaries gathered at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station to cut the ribbon on the system. Congressman Connolly, Delegate Plum, Chairman Bulova and Supervisor Hudgins all talked about the importance of bike share as an integral part of the county's transportation infrastructure. County bike coordinator Adam Lind gave some background on the development of the system.

Active stations in Reston
The weather didn't cooperate very well but the system is now in service. This morning we took a tour of the system, checking out bikes from each of the 9 Reston stations.

Several stations have not been installed yet. All 15 Reston stations should be in place by the end of November. Half of the 14 Tysons stations are in place. See the Capital Bikeshare Station Map for details.

Update Oct. 22: See the Fairfax County news release about the ribbon-cutting ceremony:
"Capital Bikeshare is a terrific and innovative transportation program," said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. "I am pleased Fairfax County has officially joined the Capital Bikeshare network to support a fun, healthy and sustainable way of getting around the region. Capital Bikeshare will also give residents and visitors a new opportunity to explore Fairfax County's bicycle trail network."

Fairfax County becomes the fifth jurisdiction in the National Capital Region to join the Capital Bikeshare system, bringing the total number of stations to 435 across the District of Columbia, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Montgomery County. There currently are 9 stations in Reston and 8 stations in Tysons with several more to be installed this November and December.

"As Hunter Mill District Supervisor, I am really excited to be part of the Capital Bikeshare network," said Supervisor Cathy Hudgins. "Fairfax County has worked very hard to shape a network for all modes of transportation in Fairfax County and this is a substantial step in the right direction. Specifically in Reston, the community has always been on the leading edge for transportation and the expansion of Bikeshare in our community will continue this tradition," she continued. "Adding Capital Bikeshare to Reston's transportation alternatives makes us a complete community," summarized Delegate Ken Plum.

While reducing congestion and improving air quality, the county's Bikeshare network serves work, recreation, retail, residential and transit destinations, with stations located within close proximity to the Silver Line Metrorail stations in Reston and Tysons.

"Today's ceremony is further proof that the type of development we built the Silver Line to spur is coming to fruition," said Congressman Gerry Connolly. "Both in Reston and in Tysons we are seeing the emergence of a new, sustainable urban landscape. I am very pleased that Capital Bikeshare is expanding further into Northern Virginia and look forward to more announcements to come!"
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