Last night, in a close 7-0 vote the Alexandria City Council voted to join Capital Bikeshare. The city
will install six stations, with 54 bikes, in the Old Town and Carlyle neighborhoods. If successful, the program would expand to Del Ray, Arlandria, Potomac Yard and the West End, later connecting to the Arlington network. The earliest that the bright-red bikes will be stationed in Old Town will be spring 2012, city officials said.
The unanimous support on the council echoes enthusiastic support in the community
Council members were inundated with calls and e-mails lobbying them to approve the measure, “probably the most e-mails I’ve ever gotten in an hour,” Mayor William D. Euille (D) said.
A round of groups including the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Environmental Policy Commission, the Del Ray Citizens Association, and the Transportation Commission, supported the program.
Alexandria expects between 40,000 and 50,000 trips in the first year.
The cost of setting up and operating the network the first year would be covered by $400,000 in federal transportation funds, and revenues from the rental bikes are expected to help defray most of the cost of the program the second year, as has been the case in the District and Arlington. In addition, some Alexandria employers are asking about covering the capital and operating costs of a station in exchange for promotion.
It will be funded with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding same as DC's was. They plan to expand to 12 city-funded stations in 2013. Of the $400k, $264k is for the bikes and stations, $108k is for operations and $32,000 is for installation. Since the $108,000 for operations doesn't count revenue, it will surely be less than that. They hope that revenue will cover 30% of operations in the first year. By the third year, they're expecting revenue to cover all operations costs.
More stations could be built by developers (the green dots on the map above), with the new Harris Teeter already scheduled to include a bike station paid for by the developers.
There's some other interesting tidbits in the city memorandum. For example, bikes last 6 years and stations last 10. The cost per ride in DC is $1.06 and in Arlington it's $2.11. The Dash bus is $3.03. Revenue in Arlington has covered 65% of operating costs.
Meanwhile, in Arlington
County Board members on Oct. 15 are expected to formally approve receipt of $1.24 million in state transportation funding that will pay for the purchase and installation of 24 bike stations (housing between 11 and 15 bikes apiece) and 154 bikes. No local funds will be involved.
Funding will be used to expand the system in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Crystal City and Pentagon City, bringing the total number of bikeshare stations in the county to 70. Installation of the stations is expected to be completed by next summer.