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Capital Bikeshare in Alexandria

What's New

  • The City of Alexandria is adding Capital Bikeshare stations in Del Ray and Carlyle in the summer of 2014. The supplier of equipment for Capital Bikeshare, Public Bike Systems Company of Montreal, filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2014. This has had no impact on the current operations of the City's Capital Bikeshare program, but it has led to delays in the shipping of new bike share stations. Alta Bicycle Share, the operator of Capital Bikeshare, is working diligently on Alexandria's station order, and additional expansion is expected later this spring. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.


Program Overview

Bike sharing is public transportation using bicycles, and cities around the world provide bike sharing systems as a transportation option for residents and visitors. The City of Alexandria's bike sharing program, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, and Montgomery County, is called Capital Bikeshare. With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from over 300 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination. Alta Bicycle Share operates the system for Alexandria, Montgomery County, Arlington, and Washington, D.C.

Alexandria joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network in September 2012, and will expand to Del Ray and Carlyle in the summer of 2014. For more information about the bike share program, please call 703.746.4686 or email: localmotion@alexandriava.gov.

Expansion in Alexandria

New Capital Bikeshare stations will be added in the Del Ray and Carlyle areas in the summer of 2014. Station locations were selected from locations suggested by the public, and preferences shown on the interactive crowdsourcing map. Staff attended over 5 community meetings to gain input from residents on the expansion map.

Suggested locations are evaluated using criteria including connectivity to transit to expand between metrorail stations, mixed-use activity centers, potential bicycle activity, proximity to other Capital Bikeshare stations, as well technical considerations. Some technical considerations include direct sunlight, at least 11' X 32' of space, sidewalk pedestrian clearance, flat ground and utility clearance.


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