Capital Bikeshare in Del Ray: Where Would You Place Stations?

Capital Bikeshare is expanding in Alexandria. Help Patch build a map of suggested station locations.

Where would you like to see Capital Bikeshare stations in the Del Ray area? Tell us in the comments and we’ll add your suggestions to the map.

Suggested stations are marked in green. Alexandria's existing Capital Bikeshare stations are marked in red.

Click on the green suggested station icons to see how many people said this is where they want to see Capital Bikeshare. 

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Alexandria is planning to expand its Capital Bikeshare program later this fall with new stations in Del Ray.

City Manager Rashad Young announced plans to expand the city’s eight-station network in February as part of his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.

• See: City Manager Proposes $626.6 Million Operating Budget

Sandra Marks of the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services told Patch the plan is to add six or eight stations to the city’s existing network, which is located primarily in Old Town and at King Street and Braddock Road Metro stations.

Along with Del Ray, the new stations are expected in Carlyle and possibly elsewhere in Old Town.

Alexandria's program is connected with the Capital Bikeshare network in Arlington County and the District. 

Members of city staff are meeting with the Land-Use Committee of the Del Ray Citizens Association at 7 p.m. May 9 at Mount Vernon Recreation Center to discuss where the stations in Del Ray might be located.

“We’re eager to be proactive and figure out where might be the best places to put the docking stations and where it would be most advantageous for Del Ray,” said Sarah Haut of the Land-Use Committee.

The city's pilot network was built using primarily federal grant money. Over the next 10 years, Alexandria has budgeted $2.4 million for Capital Bikeshare—$1.28 million out of tax revenue set aside for transportation projects in the city and $1.12 million out of federal grants.

The long-term plan is to add as many as 30 stations in the next decade. The city can also seek developer contributions for Capital Bikeshare stations connected to different projects.

The city expects the stations to reach full operational cost recovery—anywhere from $25,000 to $40,000 per year depending on station size—by fiscal year 2017, according to a city memo.

Ridership of Alexandria’s network has exceeded expectations, according to a recent story in The Alexandria Times.

Where would you like to see Capital Bikeshare stations in the Del Ray area or elsewhere in the city? Tell us in the comments and we’ll add your suggestions to our map.

Suggested stations are marked in green. Alexandria's existing Capital Bikeshare stations are marked in red.

If someone has already suggested your location, tell us again and the votes will be tabulated. You can click on the suggested station icons to see how many people said this is where they want to see Capital Bikeshare. 

Also, be sure to check out this Capital Bikeshare crowdsourcing map from Bike Arlington.

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Drew Hansen (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 02:38 PM
The trolley project has been abandoned, DelRayRez: http://patch.com/A-2Ljx
amy lu April 12, 2013 at 03:06 PM
The Capitol Bikeshare Station near Trader Joe's on St. Asaph removed 2 parking spaces (42' x 8'). The Traffic & Parking Board was told by City staff that the station dock size is ideal in size and capacity; fewer docks make the station unattractive to users.
Scooby's Doo April 12, 2013 at 03:50 PM
To follow up on Amy's comment, I think the ends of blocks, such as the TJoe's location are good locations if feasible for bike stations. In 20 years of living in Del Ray and Alexandria, I have found that it is the only jurisdiction I've lived in that is very permissive about parking directly underneath a stop sign at an intersection. Most places prohibit parking within "XX" feet of an intersection. Vehicles can easily block the view of stop signs, and the vehicles block sightlines to oncoming auto traffic and this has always struck me as being dangerous to motorists, peds, and anybody else. Siting bike stations (or bike corrals/parking) in these locations would seem like a good choice since they can offer additional bike stations/parking, enhance visibility for motorists (and everybody else), and would only take away auto parking from places where parking should not be in the first place. Another related note- Cabi stations are solar powered, so their placement is also dependent on proper sunlight exposure.
Susanne Everill April 12, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I'd love to see one somewhere between Braddock Road and Monroe so here's another vote for Mt. Vernon and Glendale. Potomac Yards would also be useful.
Pierre L'Enfant April 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Commonwealth at the tot lot/
Lewis April 12, 2013 at 07:05 PM
RJ - congrats on flipping me to anti-Bikeshare. You mean they don't even break even on a yearly operational basis??? Damn. And that 7 million dollars from the Feds isn't "free" money, especially when you consider that it's being replicated hundreds or thousands of times over across the country. And of course the docking stations will need to be repaired and replaced as time goes on. When "less wasteful than other forms of public transportation" is the main selling point, we've got problems. ---- the more I know ---- the less I like it
James Dunning April 12, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Wait, so now a choo choo train expert like Justin is an expert in bikes? Who knew right? What is next up for the expert I pondering, electric car vehicles?
Bikeshare user April 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Bikesharing is wonderful. We definitely need it in Del Ray and at Potomac Yards shopping center. Shirlington already has a pad built - can't wait for the bikes to come!
Bikeshare user April 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM
One at each end of Potomac Yards would be wonderful!
Drew Hansen (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Do you mean the current Potomac Yard Shopping Center? Or do you mean the north and south end of the yard (North end of the shopping center and the south end by the Monroe Avenue bridge where the residential development is being constructed)?
Sherry Henderson April 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Wow, do you realize how creepy it is to use our late former Alexandria sheriff's name, James Dunning, considering all the tragic history with the mysterious and unsolved murder of his wife? How dare you use his name in such a negative fashion. You have no scruples or guilt. You are as shallow as they come and you must enjoy trashing the name of such an esteemed man who did so many great things for the City of Alexandria. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Michael H. April 13, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Why are some people so aggravated about the slightest subsidy for bikeshare and mass transit, but it's apparently OK that the country subsidizes automobile use and the oil and gas industry, to the tune of billions of dollars a year?
James Dunning April 13, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Hello user. You realize the current configuration of the Yards is doomed, right?? Speculating on location within the Yards now prior to the overhaul is like speculating about the Redskins winning anything. Not with Danny Snyder involved. He cursed the Yards many years ago and the curse lives on within the Yards as it does the racist Redskins. You are probably a new springy intern and don't know the history of the Yard or even how an internal combustion engine works so here you go. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/stadium/timeline/1992/alexaban.htm
MH April 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I think it would be good to have a Bikeshare location in what is now a mostly unused taxi stand at the corner of E Windsor and Mt. Vernon. I recommend against locating one at the already chaotic traffic/pedestrian interfaces further north along the Avenue, such as E Del Ray or E Mt. Ida.
Bikeshare user April 13, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I meant at both ends of Potomac Yards Shopping Center. And anywhere near St. Elmo's, the Farmer's Market, etc. Thanks for asking for the clarification.
Fred April 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Brad Lee is not in Del Ray but it is one place we go for coffee. I don't know about rental bikes and that intersection. Fred
Jonathan Krall April 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Criticisms of Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) are generally based on the idea that bicycle transportation is somehow not important. The fact is that all forms of transportation capacity are needed and that CaBi compares very well to bus and rail in terms of capital costs or operating cost per person moved. It also compares well to cars in terms of both capacity (bikes lanes are narrower than general traffic lanes) and cost (gas taxes, tolls, and other road-specific fees cover only half of our expenses nationally--the rest comes form general taxes such as property taxes at the local level). People who arrive at meeting or at shops by bicycle are no less important and contribute no less to our economy than people who arrive by car or bus. Given that one our our goals in Alexandria is to encourage local shopping, people who shop by bicycle may be more important to our economy than people who shop by car: studies show that cyclists tend to spend more at local shops than non-cyclists.
Jonathan Krall April 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Great idea. However, to get there I always detour through Arlington, where they are willing to allocate space on the road to bike lanes.
Jonathan Krall April 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM
There are a lot of apartments near Commonwealth and Monroe. That's a lot of potential customers on a popular bike route (by which I mean Commonwealth--even though part of Monroe is a "bike route" there are no bike lanes and sensible cyclists limit their exposure).
Jerry King April 14, 2013 at 01:39 PM
First although there seem to be many detractors, Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) in the Washington area is the most successful bike rental program in the U.S. CaBi revenue pays for the operational costs. Capital improvement costs (new stations and bikes) are mostly paid for by local governments with some financed by private business (grocery stores, etc.). You need to keep in mind the capital costs come from transportation funds as bikes are part of the multi-modal transportation system and the least expensive. The primary use of CaBi is for short trips as it is free the first 30 minutes. These are trips to work, stores etc. although in Washington and Alexandria we have a larger share of tourists. The stations should be placed to take maximum advantage of this knowledge. This reflects my selections below. • 420 E. Monroe – near CVS, Giant and YMCA • 1594 Commonwealth – concentration of residents • 400 E. Glendale – GW school • Del Ray Farmers Market – concentration of businesses • 3110 Mt Vernon – concentration of residents • Target – PY shopping center Jerry King, Chair, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Lewis April 15, 2013 at 02:45 AM
You need to either have docking stations fairly close to other docking stations, or plan to have several more docks (or whatever you call them) than bikes in the more isolated docking stations . Nothing sucks worse than renting one of those bikes, but not being able to turn it in because all of the docks are full at your destination.
Drew Hansen (Editor) April 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Thanks for the comments and suggestions, folks. This was a successful little experiment!
Adam April 15, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Thanks, Drew - Just wanted to add a link showing that Capital Bikeshare has posted a one day record of over 11,000 rides during the Cherry Blossom Festival. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/04/14/capital-bikeshare-sets-ridership-record/
Bob Rouse April 15, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Thirded. There is plenty of room there, it's near a bus stop with a shelter, and far enough away from Braddock Rd that it makes sense.
Bob Rouse April 15, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I think that is WAY too close to the one already at Braddock Rd. They should be at least 1-2 miles apart from each other. Potomac Yards makes a lot of sense, though.
Jonathan Krall April 15, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Because stations sometimes fill up with bikes, or empty out, they need to be close enough together that walking from your "first choice" station to a nearby station isn't onerous. Without this mild form of redundancy, the system is less attractive for transit. CaBi has staff to redistribute the bicycles, but they can't be everywhere all the time.
CJ April 15, 2013 at 05:54 PM
s wholey April 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I favor locations by the YMCA or by Al's Steak House.
Kim Moore April 17, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Perhaps using some of the parking lot behind Cheestique, etc. might work. The lot's owners attempted to make it a paid locale last year. If they were to lease out some space for bike-share, perhaps they could earn some of the revenues that they are seeking. Plus, it would be a Bikeshare spot right in the heart of DelRay's business district.
McBrinn April 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Is the lot free again?


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