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Welcome to the online comment forum for the Arlington County Capital Bikeshare Expansion Plan. This site will be available for you to provide your comments through Friday, July 27th.

Arlington County has developed a six-year strategic growth plan for Capital Bikeshare, covering Fiscal Years 2013-2018. You can now view the entire contents of the draft final plan on BikeArlington’s TDP website. An initial public comment period was held from March 12th to April 13th, 2012, during the development of the plan. Four draft expansion scenarios were created to serve as a general guide for expansion in the six-year period. The public was able to use this site to comment on the four draft expansion scenarios, and these pages and comments are now archived and available for viewing only.

The comments provided on the four draft expansion scenarios, as well as the TDP’s expansion principles, were critical to the development of the final expansion scenario. A description and image of final expansion scenario appear below. Please let us know what you think of the draft final expansion plan by leaving your comments below. Be sure to come back to this site during the public comment period through Friday, July 27th to read other’s comments and build on the discussion!

Draft Final Expansion Plan
Nearly all of the system growth for the six-year plan period will occur in FY 2013, the first year of the six-year plan, due to availability funding. Expansion will focus on building out the system on South Arlington, especially along Columbia Pike east of the Washington & Old Dominion trail and in Shirlington. Stations will also be placed at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Pentagon pending approval by the National Park Service and Department of Defense respectively.

Outside the major destination clusters of South Arlington, stations will be placed at a lower density along key connecting corridors, while still maintaining a one-half mile maximum distance between stations. In addition to the connecting corridors of the Four Mile Run and Washington & Old Dominion trails, bikeshare expansion in the neighborhoods along Washington Boulevard and Glebe Road will form two connections between the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and Columbia Pike, while stations in Arlington Ridge and Aurora Heights will help complete the connection between Crystal City and Shirlington.


More information on public comment opportunities for Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare TDP can be found on the plan’s public comment overview page.

Please let us know what you think about Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare TDP and its draft final expansion plan.

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    • Need Funding for Lee Hwy - crucial for connection to orange line corridor!

      This is a growing community where we are so close to being able to navigate arlington and commute into DC, but with bus service being relatively limited and walking out of the question (too far), having a bike share to quickly get to the orange line corridor when we need to would significantly increase the value of this neighborhood!

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        • Stop subsidizing businesses!

          Government needs to get out of the way between consumers and businesses. Subsidies for the Capital Bike Share program total more than $16 million. Why should government be doing this? Explain where an authoritarian entity should be able to decide winners and losers rather than letting free and voluntary association drive winners and losers.

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          • Expand into Transit Deserts

            Arlington has several neighborhoods that are nearly devoid of transit options. It seems to me that we should have an emphasis on providing bikeshare especially in these areas. For example, the region of South Arlington that is south of the Pike and north of Four Mile Run is in *dire* need of more connectivity. Please place a few stations along South Walter Reed drive to connect this transit desert with the major transit corridor on the Pike.

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            • Expanision of bike share program should continue through Westover/VHC/East Falls Church corridor, especially along the bike trail system.

              There are numerous commuters and families that live between Ballston and East Falls Church along the Westover/Virginia Hospital Center/East Falls Church sections that border the Custis Trail, 4 mile run trail, and the Washington & Old Dominion trail system. It would increase usage for these individuals and families to use the bike share system instead of driving. I highly recommend expanding the system into this area instead of some other stations in South Arlington.

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              • Station at or near intersection of W&OD trail and Columbia Pike

                This would provide an important link to the streetcar, and is of special concern and interest because it might not be easy or possible for us to put our own bikes on the streetcar. Also, because this is also at the intersection of Four Mile Run Drive and Columbia Pike, I believe it would get a lot of use. Many docks at that location would be helpful. Shirlington residents would also use it.

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                • Consider expanding Capital BikeShare with electric bikes. See university of Tenesse model.

                  Offering electric bikes would expand the pool of potential users to include those that do not think of themselves as being fit, would help in climbing hills or biking when dress for business.
                  http://electricbikereport.com/video-electric-bike-sharing-program-with-solar-charging-station-at-university-of-tennessee/

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                    • Vote for a station at Thomas Jefferson Community Center

                      A station at Thomas Jefferson Community Center would be at the nexus of two bike routes -- the Irving bike route and the 2nd Street bike route, and would serve commuters and community center visitors alike.

                      Better than a station on Glebe which is dangerous for bike travel, Irving is already a designated bike route, its level and it is easy to cross Arlington Blvd (50) by bridge or at the stop light at Irving.

                      Thomas Jefferson is a destination for many Arlingtonians due to the theater, the gym and the park. Commuters could pick up bikes at TJ and…

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                      • VOTE FOR BALLSTON METRO STATION/BUS HUB

                        It makes sense to place Capital Bikeshare stations just outside the Metro. I've been frustrated at times to look for a station in DC that has a Metro name ie Capitol South, to then find out by going in circles around the Metro station that the bikeshare station is 3 blocks away. This is not fun late at night. So please make Arlington's stations OBVIOUS! We need them at ALL the Metro stops in Arlington.

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                        • Westward ho! How about Westover?

                          You've done a great job building along the Orange Line corridor. You should continue that corridor by putting a station a little farther west in the Westover area. It's an ideal location with nice restaurants, a public library and some relatively dense residential development (apartments, single family homes on small lots). It's also very close to the Custis and W&OD trails.

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                          • Expand Bikeshare into the neighborhoods and to the county recreation centers within the neighborhoods.

                            The map has the greatest Bikeshare density along the public transit lines (e.g. Orange line), but does not provide available bikes to bring residents from their neighborhoods to the public transit lines. The gray areas on the map, many of which are fairly level for easy biking, will remain unserved by Bikeshare requiring the use of cars or other means to access the transit corridors.

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                            • Scenario 4 (Trail-focused expansion) is the worst scenario if it places Capital Bikeshare stations in the parks and natural areas thr

                              Scenario 4 (Trail-focused expansion) is the worst scenario if it places Capital Bikeshare stations in the parks and natural areas through which these trails travel. The stations and their large unsightly signs will clutter the parks and detract from the public's enjoyment of the parks and the trails. Paving for the stations will create impermeable surfaces, increasing run-off into nearby streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Construction of the stations will destroy green space. Increased mowing around the stations will adversely affect natural areas near the trails.

                              Any Bikeshare stations near the trails must be located on surfaces that are already…

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                              • Stop installing Capital Bikeshare stations in the County's parks.

                                Stop installing Capital Bikeshare stations in the County's parks, such as the ones in Bluemont Junction Park northeast of the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and George Mason Drive and in Oakland Park on Wilson Boulevard near N. Oakland Street. The stations contain large and unsightly signs that detract from the public's enjoyment of the parks. The pads for the bikes pave over green areas, add impervious surfaces to the parks, and increase run-off into the County's streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

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                                • Station Placement on WO&D trail by merge of Bluemont trail

                                  with the next station at the Corner of WO&D and Columbia Pike will help close the loop already created by the trails.

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                                  • Typo on page 8-3. It says that stations need to be replaced in 2012, but that should be 2022.

                                    Typo on page 8-3. It says that stations need to be replaced in 2012, but that should be 2022.

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                                    • How about a bikeshare corral at Fort Scott Park in Arlington? This park has tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, picnic areas,

                                      How about a bikeshare corral at Fort Scott Park in Arlington? People could ride their bikes to this park and it would also serve the neighborhood. Thaks.

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                                      • Make the seats thinner!

                                        Right now big issue is that on cannot get full leg movement because the wide seat stops your thigh from having full movement. Maybe just have some seats thinner for smaller, thinner bottoms.

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                                        • Take the best from Scenarios 2,3, and 4.

                                          As illustrated here: http://bit.ly/GSd0u4

                                          1. This steals the "Connect through the Neighorboods" idea from Scenario 2, but do so through the Lyon Park Commerical District along Washington Blvd so the new stations will have both sources of trips (Lyon Park neighborhood) and destinations for trips (commercial strip along Washington Blvd, Sequoia Complex). Over the next 4 years the bike infrastructure in the area should drastically improve through Washington Blvd Trail, 27 / 244 Bridge project, Pike Multimodal Project and Joyce St upgrades under 395.

                                          2. Of the 2 corridors in Scenario 3, the Pike has the best mix of residential…

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