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Bikeshare expanding to Columbia Pike, Shirlington area

(James A. Parcell for The Washington Post)

For the first time, Capital Bikeshare stations have been added to the Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington.

The Capital Bikeshare stations in the county were, until very recently, heavily concentrated around the county’s Metro stations.

That is beginning to change. Dozens of Capital Bikeshare stations will be installed in Arlington in the coming months, with most being added to the Columbia Pike and Shirlington areas, according to Chris Eatough, program manager for Bike Arlington.

Last week, three new docks were installed in Arlington. Two of them were added to the Columbia Pike corridor, with stations being activated at Columbia Pike and S. Courthouse Road and at the Walter Reed Community Center. (That’s right down the street from the much-maligned $1 million “super bus stop” prototype at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive.)

“Columbia Pike is one of the big focuses of our expansion now,” Eatough said.

The third new station was installed near the Gunston Community Center, which is roughly halfway between the Crystal City Metro station and the Shirlington neighborhood.

Shirlington, like Columbia Pike, is serviced by buses but is not near any Metro stations.

Arlington had 45 Bikeshare stations going into last week, and essentially all of these docks were focused in the Rosslyn-Ballston and Pentagon City-Crystal City corridors. The three added Thursday will be followed by 30 stations that will be installed this spring and summer, giving the county 78 stations in total.

The District is gearing up to restart a major Capital Bikeshare expansion that would increase the number of stations in the city.

Officials had planned to install 54 new stations, but this expansion was delayed due to difficulty acquiring the equipment. These issues have been resolved, and multiple stations should be installed soon, Tim Craig reported Tuesday.

Bikeshare set a record Saturday with 9,669 rides taken on the network.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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