From a Patch article
The Capital Bikeshare network in Alexandria has seen a 72 percent cost recovery in its first year, far exceeding initial projections....The DASH bus system in Alexandria has roughly a 30 percent cost-recovery rate.
Alexandria will be doubling its Bikeshare station network this winter with the addition of eight stations in Del Ray, Carlyle and Slaters Lane.
During a presentation before City Council last week, Sanders said there have been more than 20,000 Bikeshare trips in Alexandria since its launch. An annual member survey revealed a reduction in vehicle miles and personal travel costs in the city as a result of Capital Bikeshare, Sanders said.
But even this success cannot overcome the World's Greatest Problem ("Where can I store my car for free?")
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, who said she was impressed by the success of the program, asked that vehicle parking spaces not be removed to accommodate new stations.
Mayor Bill Euille disagreed.
“What we’re trying to do is get people out of their cars and using other modes of transportation,” Euille said. “So there’s nothing wrong about putting these bike stations in places where there are currently parking spaces because that’s the message we want people to send. We don’t want people driving their cars and parking, we want people to be using bicycles and walking.”
Alright, that last statement does undermine some of my more recent posts where I argue that no one is telling you how to live. I guess some people are. But that's the wrong message. The right message is we want to help people get out of their cars and use other modes of transportation, because there are a lot of people who want that, but for various reasons don't feel they can do that. We aren't trying to force anyone to do anything they don't want to [But we do want them to pay for the negative externalities].