Alexandria Bikeshare and Station Location Debate
Last week, I attended an Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission meeting to pitch a green ideas challenge on ACTion Alexandria for Alexandria's Eco-City initiative in the near future. It would be easy for ACTion Alexandria to collect your ideas for how to turn Alexandria into a greener, more sustainable city on the Challenge section of our site and similar ideas challenges have already begun in New York City, and Washington D.C.. But more on that later!
Carrie Sanders, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator and Transportation Planner for the City of Alexandria, gave a fascinating report on the the City's Bikeshare proposal going to City Council on October 11th. The City has identified $400,000 in startup funds for the project's first year--enough to build 6 stations and 54 bikes. The funds come from the Department of Transportation's CMAQ program.
Capitol Bikeshare Statistics (Arlington and DC)
* There are a total 115 stations and about 1,110 bikes in the region
* DC has 97 stations with 1,000 bikes
* Arlington has 18 stations with 110 bikes
* 98% of trips are under 30 minutes, or what they call "bike transit"
* Stations run on solar power
* Local businesses are interested in helping to purchase stations
* Average cost per ride is $2.50
* Capitol Bikeshare recently passed the 1,000,000 ride mark after just one year in operation
Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) has exceeded expectations and is considered a great success.
So, will the Alexandria City Council approve the bikeshare proposal? And if they do, where should the first six stations go? Where would you like to see a bikeshare station in Alexandria? W