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Alexandria's Bikeshare Stations Are Ready to Roll

Capital Bikeshare alerted membership on Friday that Alexandria's eight-station network is operational.

Alexandria’s eight Capital Bikeshare stations became operational on Friday, which was slightly ahead of schedule.

The bikesharing service sent a message to users on Friday afternoon to announce the news. The red bikes, which now display Alexandria’s crest on their frames, were loaded into docks around town throughout the day.

at the following sites:

  • King Street-Old Town Metro station
  • Braddock Road Metro Station
  • Corner of Prince Street and Union Street
  • Corner of King Street and N. Royal Street
  • Corner of King Street and S. Patrick Street
  • Corner of Commerce Street and S. Fayette Street
  • Near The Henry at Pendleton and N. Henry streets
  • Near  at the intersection of Pendleton and N. St. Asaph streets

The city will hold a launch event at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 19 in to celebrate Capital Bikeshare's introduction to the city.

If you ride the bikes in Alexandria, let us know where you went and what it was like in the comments section.

Drew Hansen September 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
How can it be 2/3 done? The station is either working or it isn't. Are you just talking about the amount of bikes in the docks? The one in Braddock appeared to be operational yesterday but did not have bikes in every dock.
Lee Hernly September 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
There are some spots in both stations that aren't filled fully with bikes because the electronic device wasn't attached in several bike spots. Could the other bikes in the station that were done be used? Probably. They may have been finished after I walked by last night in the early evening (7:30ish). I was just noting that while they may be operational, I don't know if you can call it 'fully operational.'
Patch Reader September 02, 2012 at 06:01 PM
One of the advantages of Bikeshare is that you can ride-to-point and don't have to make a round-trip by bike. So for Bike Share to work properly, there should be a mix of bikes available to check out and empty spaces to return used bikes. If a stand is completely full or completely empty, a Capital Bikeshare van must come by to rebalance (take away or add bikes, respectively). A common occurrence is for stations near Metro stations to get full in the morning (as people bike to Metro) and become empty in the afternoon (as people bike home). It will be interesting to see how much rebalancing will be required based on usage patterns in Old Town.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Correct, just was saying there still was yellow tape & no electrical thingy in some spots. Checked one out yesterday and it was awesome. Also noticed all spaces are now working.
Valerie S September 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I used one yesterday to bike from the King St metro to the waterfront (Prince & Union St), and it was great. I popped into the Torpedo Arts Center for the first time and had some ice cream at Pop's old fashioned and then pedaled back to the metro via Cameron St. Glad to have it in Alexandria!

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