discussed a plan to join the growing Capital Bikeshare system.The shiny red bikes that are now so common on the streets of the District of Columbia could be coming to Alexandria as soon as 2013. Alexandria City Council members this week
The popular bike sharing program just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and its one-millionth ride.
There are now 1,100 bikes, and over 110 bike stations, spread around
the District of Columbia and Arlington, with that number set to grow
with an expansion planned in those jurisdictions and for parts of
Montgomery County. The program is beloved by bike enthusiasts; not always so beloved by drivers and budget-cutting Republicans.
Alexandria's proposal pilot program
would provide for a handful of bike sharing stations in
highly-trafficked parts of the city like Old Town, Del Ray and Carlyle.
The one-year pilot would be paid for in its first year with federal
money. Alexandria's city council may formally consider the bike sharing
plan in October.
It's good timing. Bike rentals could become even more appealing to Alexandrians quite soon. VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative,
a nonprofit that teaches and provides space for do-it-yourself bike
repair, has to move out of its Old Town space by the end of January, and
may have to leave Alexandria.