The City of Fairfax, George Mason University, the Town of Vienna and Fairfax County are collaborating to evaluate the benefits, opportunities and challenges associated with bringing bikeshare to our communities. This study aims to understand how a bikeshare system would be used to travel throughout these communities as well as to connect to the metropolitan region; it also will identify what type of bikeshare system will be most successful and where shared bicycles and other bikeshare infrastructure should be located.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is bikeshare?
Bikeshare is an innovative transportation program, ideal for short distance trips. A bikeshare system allows someone to pick up a bicycle at a fixed bikeshare station or to locate an available bicycle using an app. At the end of the trip, the rider returns the bicycle to any bikeshare station or approved parking location in the bikeshare service area. Typically users can pay for a single ride or can sign up for a short or long-term membership with the bikeshare system and take unlimited rides.
A number of bikeshare systems currently operate in the greater DC region. Capital Bikeshare has installed fixed bikeshare stations throughout the region, including in Reston, Tysons Corner, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria, as well as throughout DC and Maryland; Capital Bikeshare expansions are also proposed in Falls Church and other locations in Fairfax County. Washington, DC has also been piloting several "dockless" bikeshare systems; these bicycles can be found using apps and can be ridden and parked within the DC service area.
Who is bikeshare for?
Bikeshare systems allow users to rent bikes for single rides and sign up for memberships for more frequent use. Bikeshare can provide an easy, fun and affordable travel option to get to and from work, school, transit, social events and shopping, or on recreational trails. For people who do not own a bicycle, bikeshare is a useful on-demand option; people who already own a bicycle may want to leave their bikes at home and simply use bikeshare for short mid-day trips or the "last mile" of their commute. Even people who do not ride bicycles can benefit from reduced congestion if more people ride bikeshare instead of driving.
Where is bikeshare being recommended?
The Fairfax City-Mason-Vienna bikeshare study is evaluating the feasibility of installing and operating bikeshare in an area that extends from the W&OD trail in Vienna south through the City of Fairfax and into George Mason University. It includes the GMU-Fairfax campus south to the Burke VRE train station and nearby neighborhoods; the central corridor through the City of Fairfax including Old Town, Northfax, Fairfax Circle, and other commercial and residential centers along Chain Bridge Road and Old Lee Highway; neighborhoods around and including the Vienna/GMU-Fairfax Metrorail Station; and in Vienna, Maple Avenue, the W&OD trail, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Bikeshare typically works best within a compact and dense network of bicycles and stations. The map to the right illustrates the approximate boundaries of the study area. The initial bikeshare system may be concentrated within a smaller area; however, this study is collecting input to consider where bikeshare may expand in the future as well as if and where bikeshare will be effective in the near term.
How can I get involved?
We want your input! There are a number of ways to get involved and provide feedback. Study staff will be out in the community conducting "pop-up" events throughout the spring and summer to talk about the bikeshare study. Please stop and talk to us when you see us at Bike to Work Day, Farmers Markets, or other events. As the study progresses, specific community meetings about bikeshare will be announced here.
You can also provide input online:
- Suggest a station location: log into cabistations.com to suggest locations where bikeshare stations or priority bikeshare parking areas should be located. Please note, locations suggested in the study area in this crowdsourcing map will be used to help research the possible bikeshare system regardless of whether Capital Bikeshare or another type of bikeshare system is recommended
- Complete a brief survey: answer a few short questions to tell us if you are interested in bikeshare, how you might use it, and what kind of system you would like to see
For more information about the Fairfax City-Mason-Vienna bikeshare study, email PW-Transportation@fairfaxva.gov or call (703) 385-7810.