Getting around Reston and Tysons will be a little easier later this year.
The Board of Supervisors approved a $1.7 million plan today to bring the Capital Bikeshare system to Reston and Tysons this fall. This investment will help get cars off the road, boost local economy and contribute to a healthier community.
The bikeshare system allows you to check out a bike and ride short to moderate distances from bikeshare station to bikeshare station. Here’s a breakdown of stations and bikes:
- 132 bicycles available in Reston at 15 stations located between the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and Reston Town Center
- 80 bicycles available in Tysons at 11 stations located east of Route 7, north of Route 123, and south of the Dulles Toll Road
We’re working to identify and refine the exact locations for the stations in Reston and Tysons, but we’re moving forward with the equipment purchase. The first phase of the system is expected to open in the fall of 2016.
“With the transformation of Reston and Tysons into more urban centers, Fairfax County is investing in infrastructure needed to make it easy to get around.” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “More people are living and working in these areas than ever before. “Downtown” areas by definition are not designed to accommodate high volumes of car traffic and parking.”
The Board’s action comes just one month after the approval of 31 pedestrian and bicycle projects in Herndon and Reston, and it also supports the county’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success. The economic plan calls for creating dense, mixed use communities with many transportation options, and Capital Bikeshare helps to accomplish this goal. Not only do bikeshares attract the younger “creative class” that fuel an innovation economy, but also they produce tangible economic benefits.