City of Alexandria staff is bringing a proposal to the Mayor and City Council at the next legislative session on October 11, 2011 about bringing Capital Bikeshare to Alexandria. Meeting materials will be posted on the City’s website in advance of the meeting at this link.
Drew Hansen at Del Ray Patch wrote about this earlier this week (emphasis mine):
A decision on whether Alexandria will join the Capital Bikeshare program currently in use in Arlington and the District of Columbia will not be made by City Council until October at the earliest, but discussion of the program has emerged at recent meetings at City Hall.
On Tuesday night, City Council discussed the bikeshare program among preliminary recommendations for congestion mitigation and air quality improvement projects funded by federal allocations.
According to a memo from city staff, projected usage in Alexandria is expected to be even higher than Arlington County because of tourism in Old Town, the already high existing number of bicycle commuters and the immediate connectivity to the system in Arlington. Capital Bikeshare’s southern-most station is close to the Arlington-Alexandria border, just north of Potomac Yard next to the Harris Teeter on Jefferson Davis Highway.
“I do think regionally it has been very successful,” Councilman Rob Krupicka said. “We lead the Northern Virginia area in terms of the percentage of people who bike to work everyday. We do have the basic spines to make it possible. You see some fairly substantial areas of the city that aren’t too far away from each other that would be well suited for bike trips back and forth.”
According to a city memo, a pilot network with six stations in the Old Town-Carlyle area is already funded with federal money previously set aside. Extension would then be expected to move into the Braddock area.
Read more at this link.
A Facebook page has been created to drum up and show support for this effort. Visit the Alexandrians For Capital Bikeshare page on Facebook and click ‘Like.’
Here’s an AP video report on the bike sharing explosion:
Finally, here’s a video from the District Department of Transporation (DDOT) on how to use Capital Bikeshare: