Townsend Van Fleet of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission wrote a letter to the Alexandria Gazette Packet recently criticizing the introduction of Capital Bikeshare to old town.
In an historic venue like Old Town Alexandria with its narrow streets already crowded with pedestrians, tour buses, metro buses, dash buses, delivery trucks, trolleys, garbage trucks, skate boarders, joggers, and cyclists, putting more bikes on our narrow streets is just an another impediment and not one that we would consider in our best traffic practices.
He's also critical of the method of funding (with local dollars instead of FHWA money) and with outreach ["Believe it or not the Old Town Civic Association has not even been briefed on the proposed implementation of the bike share program"].
Jonathan Krall of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee wrote a response pointing out that bike share would at best add only a trivial number of bikes to the road
about 2,000 bicyclists per day visit the Alexandria waterfront. Capital Bikeshare, by contrast, will roll out this summer with only 70 bicycles in the entirely of Old Town. Next to those already present, an additional 70 bicycles constitutes a very small molehill indeed.
He also points out that those cyclists represent an opportunity.
Studies show that for a store front business bicycle traffic is like foot traffic — it is easy for a cyclist to stop and shop. People who shop by bicycle shop locally and shop often. They are important to our community and to our finances.
I would add that bike share should help to REDUCE congestion. This is because ti will get some people out of their cars or taxis and onto bikes. Since much of traffic congestion is caused by people circling the block looking for parking, that results in a benefit. And cyclists often travel in the empty spaces between pulses of traffic, or on trails, or in bike lanes or on quiet side streets or in other places where cars are not. In fact a recent report on creating a bike network in Alexandria recommends this.
it is difficult to find room for dedicated facilities on King Street. Instead, dedicated facilities are proposed for Prince and Cameron Streets.
If you're concerned with congestion, then you want more biking, not less.