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Posted at 3:01 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Alexandria considers bike-sharing

By Christy Goodman

Alexandria transportation officials are considering a $400,000 pilot program with Capital Bikeshare, the regional bike-sharing network started by Arlington County and the District in September.

"The intent of the pilot is to create a cluster within Alexandria, and ultimately we would explore connecting to the larger system," said Sandra Marks, transportation planning division chief.

The city is thinking about six locations clustered in the Old Town, King Street or Carlyle areas, she said.

The red bikes of Capital Bikeshare would be stored at locked racks around town. A rider can pay for a 24-hour to year-long membership. With the membership card, bikes can be released and returned to any of Capital Bikeshare's racks.

"If it works out and we can get it off the ground, I think it will be great for Alexandria," said Marks, who noted that it was "too early to commit to anything," including when the program could begin.

Marks told the City Council on Tuesday that the pilot program could use existing federal transit funds. Money for an expansion was included in a recent request for future federal transit money.

The closest bike-sharing station is just north of the Potomac Yard shopping center in Arlington.

By Christy Goodman  | February 24, 2011; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  Biking, Northern Virginia  
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Comments

Yay. Alexandria is a natural expansion target for this popular system.

Posted by: lmjs63 | February 24, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Yay. Alexandria is a natural expansion target for this popular system.

Posted by: lmjs63 | February 24, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a great move by Alexandria officials. Linking up with the larger bikeshare system puts the city within much easier reach of so much more of the population, on a great trail system. Residents from Arlington, Crystal City and all of DC will have separated trail access to the whole Alexandria/Del Ray corridor. The network effect of these systems is really starting to look good for our area.

Posted by: cremuzzi | February 25, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Great idea! A large percentage of Capital Bikeshare business in DC has been from people (presumably tourists) buying 1-day passes to the system. This could be a boon for shop-owners in Old Town.

Posted by: JonathanKrall | February 25, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Great news! I hope they roll out the stations in Old Town and King Street soon. This is one of the best locations for Capital Bikeshare expansion. A lot of people (potential members), a lot of businesses and attractions, and easy access to the Mount Vernon Trail and the region-wide bike trail network. It's also within riding distance of the Crystal City/Potomac Yards bikeshare stations.

Posted by: 123home123 | February 26, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Great news! I hope they roll out the stations in Old Town and King Street soon. This is one of the best locations for Capital Bikeshare expansion. A lot of people (potential members), a lot of businesses and attractions, and easy access to the Mount Vernon Trail and the region-wide bike trail network. It's also within riding distance of the Crystal City/Potomac Yards bikeshare stations.

Posted by: 123home123 | February 26, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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