For Immediate Release
September 4, 2018
On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2018, Fairfax County launches a pilot project that adds black e-bikes to the bright red-colored Capital Bikeshare fleet in Reston and Tysons. The pilot is scheduled to run through November 2018. The e-bikes, known as Capital Bikeshare Plus, are battery operated pedal-assist bicycles that provide users with a small boost, making pedaling uphill or longer distances effortless. There will be approximately 80 e-bikes deployed across the National Capital Region as part of the pilot.
“With the pedal assist feature of e-bikes, shared active mobility will be accessible to a greater variety of riders,” said Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager Nicole Wynands. "We hope that e-bikes will open the door for more Fairfax County residents and visitors to enjoy the many benefits of getting around by bicycle."
E-bikes can be identified by their black color at a Capital Bikeshare station, and are marked with a lightning bolt symbol in the Capital Bikeshare app. Unlike the regular bikeshare bicycle, the e-bike will need to be powered on before the start of the trip. The e-bikes are available to current Capital Bikeshare members at no additional charge, and via the Capital Bikeshare app.
The e-bike pilot will integrate seamlessly with the existing Fairfax County-owned Capital Bikeshare system which is designed for short one-way trips, and allows comfortable bicycles to be picked up and dropped off from automated docking stations. With over 4,300 bikes across 500 plus stations in Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, D.C., and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Capital Bikeshare is one of the most affordable, reliable and convenient ways to navigate the region.
To learn more about the Capital Bikeshare system and station locations in Fairfax County, visit www.CapitalBikeshare.com.