Choose Your New Bikeshare Locations

by Katie Pyzyk October 25, 2011 at 10:30 am 2,475 38 Comments

During its year in existence, Capitol Bikeshare has seen a rapid expansion, including planned expansions into Alexandria and in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Now you can help choose where that next wave of growth will occur.

By using a new interactive map, you can click on locations where you think Bikeshare stations should be built. The map also allows users to “like” or “dislike” suggested stations.

Staff will consider all of the suggestions and will base station decisions on criteria such as property ownership and feasibility.

Flickr pool photo by Chris Reed

  • JohnB

    The map doesn’t seem to be working. Any suggestions?

    • arlcyclist

      I couldn’t figure out how to see or comment on what others have suggested but I was able to submit a few suggestions. Shirlington Transit Center would seem to make sense and I’d also like to see a station near Metro and the GW Trail at DCA.

    • RK

      Not working for me either, using Chrome.

      • Josh

        It’s working now… kinda

    • Michael H.

      The map was working until yesterday.

  • Charles

    I’m glad they’re raising their prices – it’s a business not a service. But I still have no use for Cap Bike Share, however.

  • mickey644

    I note that the organizers of this program continue to expand, BUT no where do I see statistics that justify the expense to the taxpayer. If it is such a good deal, why not turn it over to a private company?….something new and innovative, called capitalism! Why does the government get into this sort of deal? Contract it out, and, if it is such a good deal, let them reap the profits and loss and we sit back and pat ourselves on the back for providing a good idea and service for the residents WITHOUT putting one nickle of our tax money at risk! What a novel idea!!

    • Chris Slatt

      In DC, Bikeshare covers its own operating expenses. Arlington’s portion hasn’t reached the critical mass required to do so. Even if it never does, the positive externalities (reduced air pollution as bikeshare trips replace car trips, increased access to local businesses, etc) likely justify the investment anyway.

      • 4Arl

        Is there evidence or data yet measuring how many bikeshare trips actually replaced car trips?

  • I have a car. I have a bike. I have access to metro. I have shoes. I don’t see spending too much more taxpayer money on this.

    • RK

      Yeah, why have services when some people don’t need them.

      • Especially when they are costly and everyone is paying for them.

        • drax

          You can’t see how giving someone else access to a bike helps you when you’re in your car?

          • Sure I can. I ride my bike as often as practical. Yet, I don’t see paying as much for a bike on taxpayer money as a car would cost to buy just so someone else can take a ride. The cost/benefit ratio is too high for my blood. That’s all I’m saying.

          • chipotle_addict

            The bikes don’t cost that much. Also, when you drive your car you are benefiting from gas subsidies, roads, traffic enforcement (police and otherwise), public parking spaces, etc.

          • I’m also paying gasoline tax, personal property tax, etc.

          • Planning and implementation costs for Capital Bikeshare totaled $5 million, with additional first-year operating costs of US$2.3 million for 100 stations. That’s $73,000 a station for year one. How many bikes per station on average?

          • chipotle_addict

            That cost is for more than just bikes.

          • drax

            I think you’ve got the math wrong. It not only keeps cars off the road, it keeps you from having to pay for additional road improvements.

          • I doubt a hundred or so bikes that are not being used as primary modes of transportation is going to decrease road improvement needs or costs. It will add to bike infrastructure costs however.

            Maybe in “Shangri-La”, where there are few or no cars, your argument makes sense. I’d agree with that. I’m just skeptical that we’ll ever come anywhere close to it in Northern VA.

          • KalashniKEV

            That’s only if you believe that “additional road improvements” were ever in the plan to begin with. Our county government seems committed to degrading our existing transportation infrastructure and not allowing for any improvements.

          • KEV, they won’t even cut the median grass!

          • KalashniKEV

            I’ll bet they’d be happy to add some planters or grow some grass across alternating two-lane sections of I-66.

            “The solution to not enough lanes isn’t more lanes, maaaaan… get with the program, Peasant on a Bicycle! Where’s your little red book?”
            *long toke and pedals away*

          • Zoning Victim

            I’m not sure I see where keeping cars off the road and replacing them with bikes on the road helps people who drive. In fact, I could easily see where a big increase in the number of bicycles on the road would greatly hinder drivers until they build a bike that can compete with an automobile in 0-35 mph acceleration times on any incline with a normal American riding it, anyway.

            As for infrastructure costs, they certainly don’t cause as much damage to the roads as cars and trucks, but we’ve been spending plenty on bike lanes and traffic calming, lately.

          • Carl

            I agree with Zoning Victim (October 25th, 2011 3:02 pm). Plus you have to consider that more bikes are creating induced demand for people to use them. It is not always the case that every bike ride removes a car trip in a 1:1 ratio.

          • drax

            OG, you can’t just declare that these aren’t being used as primary modes of transportation.

            People have been failing to imagine the future forever, you’re not special.

          • drax


            Plenty of bikes go on the trails and sidewalks instead of roads. And you can pass them. The idea that 100 bikes will be as much of a hindrance as 100 cars is kind of silly.

          • Zoning Victim

            Drax, okay, some bikes will use sidewalks and bike paths for part of their commute, but if a large percentage of people commuting on bikes is the grand vision; bikes are going to have to be in the streets because there just isn’t room on the sidewalks for a ton of bikes and pedestrians. If they’re in the streets, they’re going to be in the way of drivers in a lot of situations. I’m not saying that biking to work is bad, I’m just rejecting the notion that a lot of it will somehow make my life as a driver better given the current infrastructure. Hell, one bike can be more of a hindrance that 100 cars if the rider is a jerk. If your commute keeps you on the 25-35 mph roads around here, you run into “that guy” quite often; you know, the guy with a $2,000 bike and Lance Armstrong costume who can’t keep up with the pace of the cars but keeps splitting lanes and using the shoulder to get in front of everyone at every light. Then all of the cars have to slowly pass him when they can, again, before they can get back to doing the speed limit. So no, I don’t think saying 100 bikes is as much of a traffic problem as 100 cars is silly.

          • drax

            Kev, the idea that there are no transportation improvements happening in Arlington is silly. Maybe not all the ones you want, but there are plenty, and some of them are even roads and bridges for cars.

    • Michael H.

      Both highways and Metro are subsidized by non-user fees. No transportation system is self-sufficient.

  • JohnB

    1,100 bikes times $1,860 annual operating cost per bike divided by 1,000,000 rides per year means $2.05 in revenue is needed per ride to cover operating costs. Given that this was the first year of operation, I would predict that rides per bike will increase as people adjust and the system becomes better known. All in all, I’d say the system a decent chance at covering operating expenses through user fees.

  • wimmer201

    Bikeshare is great. I also own a bike and ride frequently but I still have use for Bikeshare. My own bike requires my bike cleats so then I’d have to carry an extra pair of shoes if I were going somewhere. The rental bikes are easy to just hop on and go. I’ve taken advantage of it a few times between Rosslyn and Georgetown. A bit faster than walking…and if I don’t want to wait for the bus. Can’t wait until they extend the bikes up to Ballston.

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    Capitol Bikeshare has seen a rapid expansion, including planned expansions into Alexandria and in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

    When are these stations from Courthouse-to-Ballston supposed to come online?

    • Michael H.

      The Court House Metro CaBi station is supposed to be installed by next week. Then there will be 3 more stations between Court House and Clarendon. The remainder of the Arlington stations will be installed in early 2012. There will also be a new wave of expansion, beyond what was previously announced. By summer or fall 2012, there will be 70 (or 71) CaBi stations in Arlington, up from the current 18.


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