It’s official.  Capital Bikeshare is coming to Fairfax County this fall.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.7 million plan to purchase 212 bicycles and 26 docking stations to install in two of the county’s fastest growing communities: Reston and Tysons.

The investment is the latest effort to make the sprawling suburban jurisdiction more pedestrian and bike friendly.  The new bike infrastructure is viewed as central to the transformation of Reston and Tysons into more urban centers where people can live, play and work. It’s touted as a step to take cars off the road and make public transit more attractive to residents.

“More people are living and working in these areas than ever before,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said in a statement. “Creating the right atmosphere that encourages walking and biking is important for these areas to continue to be attractive and highly sought after by residents and businesses alike.”

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Under the plan, Fairfax will add 15 bike stations with a total of 132 bicycles at locations between the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and Reston Town Center.  This is an update from an earlier plan that called for 13 stations in and around Reston Town Center.

In Tysons, 80 bicycles will be spread  among 11 stations east of Route 7, north of Route 123, and south of the Dulles Toll Road.

Capital Bikeshare, which launched in the District and Arlington five years ago, has rapidly expanded in the Washington region. The distinctive red bikes can also be found in Alexandria and Montgomery County. Bikeshare has surpassed the 11 million trips.

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Fairfax officials say they are still working to select the locations for the bike stations, but with the board’s approval the transportation department can move forward with the purchase of the equipment.  The first phase of the system is expected to open in the fall.

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Bike advocates in the county hope Bikeshare will have an impact on growing bike use in the county and increase awareness of cyclists on the roads where bike infrastructure is still lacking. The Reston area already has one of the largest bike communities of Fairfax, but has only a couple of bike lanes.

County supervisors last month approved some improvements to the infrastructure, including 31 pedestrian and bicycle projects in Herndon and Reston.

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