Arlington Votes to Expand Capital Bikeshare

Will use federal funds to buy and install 192 bikes for 30 new stations by summer 2012

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    UPDATE: According to county officials, due to an administrative error, the Arlington County Board voted to reconsider the action of approving this item (#32 from the Oct. 15 Board Agenda). This item will be heard at the October 18 Board Meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    Arlington County's Capital Bikeshare system is being beefed up, thanks to over $1.2 million in federal money.

    The county board approved an agreement Friday that would allow the county to use federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant funds to expand the system. Specifically, the board plans to add 30 new stations and 192 new bikes to the system by next summer, a project which would bring the total number of bikeshare stations in the county to 70.

    The new stations would be installed in both the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and the Pentagon City/Crystal City area

    “Capital Bikeshare has been a great success in its first year, with over 17,000 members and more than a million rides,” County Board Chair Christopher Zimmerman said in a statement. “These additional 30 stations in Arlington will make it easier and more convenient for our residents and visitors to get around car free. This new option in our transportation network also eases traffic congestion and improves our air quality.”