Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) is continuing to expand around the region. New stations are popping up in Prince George’s County, in Arlington, in Fairfax County, and in the District.
Those Gravelly Point stations were made possible by an an agreement CaBi reached with the National Park Service (NPS). It also permitted new stations in the parking lot at Teddy Roosevelt Island last July. Part of the agreement prohibits advertising on NPS-located stations, and could result in more stations on NPS land in the future.
A look at our new station at Roosevelt Island that was installed yesterday! pic.twitter.com/YkFIYhsP4L— Capital Bikeshare (@bikeshare) July 25, 2018
But wait, there’s more.
In April, to little fanfare, the next phase of stations were added in Prince George’s County along the Route 1 corridor, with more to follow later this summer and fall. So far there’s not one planned for Prince George’s County Plaza though.
In May, the system expanded again to Falls Church, adding 11 stations and bringing the system to 550+ stations total.
This week and last week, ANCs have barely approved or delayed votes on endorsements for new stations. Commissioners at both meetings, as well as residents, have asked: where’s DDOT? Why aren’t they here to answer questions? DDOT’s absence at these meetings is a significant contributing factor to delay votes and opposition.
Plus, the Fairfax City - GMU - Vienna region is studying the feasibility of adding stations of their own. So far public support is strong, and it is feasible, but it will require concurrent improvements to the bicycle infrastructure and other support so that people biking stay safe.
Fairfax’s study recommends starting out with CaBi connections to Mason and Metro, and then developing a plan for dockless bicycles in the future. (Arlington is also studying dockless bikes and is accepting comments through the end of June.) The Fairfax CaBi stations would first be installed along Old Lee Highway as a spine. Getting the program started would cost about $1 million.
Readers: Where would you most like to see a new CaBi station?