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Here’s where the new Huntington and Franconia Capital Bikeshare stations could go

The proposed location of a new Capital Bikeshare station on Fort Drive in Huntington (staff photo by Matt Blitz)

Fairfax County is adding seven Capital Bikeshare electric bicycle stations in the Franconia District, splitting them between the Franconia/Springfield Metro station and the Huntington transit station area.

Last week, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held a public meeting where it laid out its plan for the expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program in the Franconia District.

The goal is to add seven stations in the Franconia District and one at the Huntington Metro south entrance that would technically be in the Mount Vernon District. The stations are scheduled to be installed starting next year and into 2024.

“When you need to get from Point A to Point B with more than two feet but less than four wheels, borrowing a bicycle in might be your answer,” the Fairfax County Department of Transportation said on its website.

All the stations would have e-bikes, as opposed to classic bicycles, due to demand. While currently only 6% of its Capital Bikeshare fleet are e-bikes, they make up 15% of total trips, according to FCDOT. E-bikes can also be locked to any public bicycle rack.

The proposed locations of the stations include four near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and three in and around the Jefferson Manor neighborhood.

The suggested station locations are:

  • Fairhaven Avenue & Monticello Road
  • N Kings Highway & Fort Drive
  • Poag Street & S Kings Highway
  • Franconia/Springfield Metrorail North
  • Seatrend Way & Andrew Matthew Terrace
  • Charles Arrington Drive & Manchester Lakes Drive
  • Metro Park Drive & Walker Lane

These exact locations are not set in stone, however.

“All locations are subject to input from the community and our elected officials and could change as a result,” FCDOT spokesperson Robin Geiger told FFXnow.

Each station is slated to cost about $55,000. That includes the station itself, installation, and six e-bikes. The county plans to acquire its own e-bikes to ensure “future e-bike service after contractor-provided e-bikes begin phasing out in August 2023,” according to staff.

E-bikes are significantly more expensive than classic bikes, but rider fees and grants will cover operating costs.

A Northern Virginia Transportation Commission grant will pay for the four stations at the Metro, while a federal grant for underserved communities will finance the other three stations.

Fairfax Country currently has more than 50 Capital Bikeshare stations but is working on doubling that. Beyond the seven coming to the Franconia District, 21 additional locations are being added in the Providence District as well.

Over the past year, Reston has also gotten an additional 19 stations.

Residents can weigh in with input and comments about the Capital Bikeshare plan and proposed locations in the Franconia District through Dec. 16.

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