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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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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
Fourthed
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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