Capital Bikeshare Expansion

What is Capital Bikeshare? 

Capital Bikeshare is a network of over 500 bikeshare stations and over 4,300 bicycles located in Fairfax County, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County. The City officially joined the Capital Bikeshare system in May 2019.
For more information on bikeshare including how it works, why it's a good fit for the City, and how it will be funded, check out the presentation from the August 14, 2017 public hearing.
East Falls Church Bikeshare Station
Station Map
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What are our funding sources for Bikeshare?

Capital Bikeshare in the City of Falls Church received $2 million in federal Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) funds for capital costs from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA). The City was awarded $500,000 in operating funding from the I-66 Commuter Choice program, a partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), that uses toll revenues to support transit and multimodal projects in Northern Virginia. Additional funding for the program was provided by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

How Does it Work?

Eleven solar-powered modular stations in and around the City offer bikes for rent. You can check out a bike using any station’s kiosk, the Capital Bikeshare app, or a members key fob. Ride the bike to a station close to your destination and return it to a dock there. This completes the trip. Membership is good at any station across the region. More information can be found on the Capital Bikeshare website.

What are the Benefits?

It's a public transportation option that allows residents, employees, and visitors to take short trips in the City by bicycle. It is a connection to the East and West Falls Church Metro stations, and it connects with the Capital Bikeshare service in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and DC. It also gives people another option to travel in and around the City of Falls Church.

Capital Bikeshare appeals to people who may not otherwise have chosen to bike, reducing single-occupancy vehicle use, connecting to transit, and offering a sustainable, economical transportation option for City of Falls Church residents, visitors, and friends.

How Were Station Locations Chosen?

The bike-share station locations are based on corridors identified in the City's Bicycle Master Plan, results from a consultant ridership analysis, and public input.

City staff and planners made every effort to balance the needs of all street users when selecting locations for Capital Bikeshare stations. However, due to right-of-way considerations, utility and accessibility concerns, access issues, and sunlight requirements for solar power, some Capital Bikeshare stations will be placed in the street, replacing curbside parking for private vehicles. Capital Bikeshare stations in the City replace two vehicle parking spaces with 12 bikeshare parking spaces and offer an additional travel option that will help reduce demand for private vehicle parking at locations that attract many kinds of trips. Giving people in The Little City more ways to get to and from where they are going helps make more trips of all kinds possible.