WAMU has a story on expanding Capital Bikeshare into Alexandria. The plan is to spend $400,000 on the starter system.
The pilot program now under consideration would put 54 bicycles at six stations. The cost of the first year could be financed with money from a federal grant.
There is at least one person opposed to the program.
Old Town resident Poul Hertel says the city should put the brakes on Capital Bikeshare.
"To spend so much money on so few bikes for so few people seems to be ill-advised given that there are needs elsewhere that are much more pressing," Hertel says.
He's the same guy who showed up to a city council hearing with his "own cost beneffit analysis" showing it wasn't worth it.
Critics say the program has yet to break even. But Alexandria Transportation Director Rich Baier says lots of government services don't make a profit.
It's still in the expansion phase. How many businesses (and this isn't a business) turn a profit after 6 months.
"If you look at recycling, you look at transit, neither of those are self-supporting. So these services, which are necessary components to urban life, are not self-sufficient either," Baier says.
Exactly. The point is not to break even on revenue. The city reaps positive externalities of the system that are recognizable in the balance sheet.
The city manager is expected to make a decision this summer.