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Reston Bike Share Feasibility Study: Public Open House

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Reston Bike Share Feasibility Study: Public Open House

June 25, 2014

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Reston Bike Share Feasibility Study: Public Open House

  1. 1. Bike Sharing Reston Bike Share Feasibility Study Public Open House June 25, 2014
  2. 2. Reston Bike Share Feasibility Study • Fairfax County Department of Transportation was awarded technical assistance to examine the feasibility of bike sharing for Reston • Project funded by the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) • Part of the Transportation/Land Use Connections (TLC) program
  3. 3. What is Bike Sharing? A network of bicycles distributed around an area that allow short, one-way trips from one location to another. A cost-effective mobility option for trips too far to walk, but not long enough to take transit or drive. Think of it as another form of transit A relatively inexpensive and quick implementation extension to local public transportation offerings
  4. 4. Open House Topics • Feasibility study process • Vision and goals • Proposed local system • Input information • Opportunities & challenges • Station locations and sizes • Station siting • Costs and funding • Implementation • Conclusions
  5. 5. Feasibility Study Process • Study got underway late 2013 • Stakeholder workshop • Public open house • Population and ridership • Station site field visits • Ridership & financial analyses • Final presentation
  6. 6. Vision & Goals for Reston Bike Share • Active mobility • Transportation • Livability • Health & safety • Finances & funding
  7. 7. Proposed Bike Share System • Capital Bikeshare • Proposed local system • Existing warehouse, staff, equipment • Same fees & charges • Separate agreement
  8. 8. Bike & Stations
  9. 9. Looking at Demand • High potential demand areas identified through heat mapping • ‘Points’ allocated to where people live, work, shop, play, and take transit
  10. 10. Bike Share Opportunities • 1-mile trip between Metrorail station and Reston Town Center District • Reston trails and W&OD network • Established bicycling culture • New transit network and development • Supportive environment
  11. 11. Bike Share Challenges • Community densities and trip generation • Locating stations on private property • Identifying funding for capital and operation • Access and proximity for low-income users • Trail snow removal, lighting and access hours • Route wayfinding and sign posting
  12. 12. Equity Programs and Challenges • System planning and expansion • Outreach and education • Registration barriers • Price and credit cards • Encouragement and biking lessons • Membership drives and registration
  13. 13. Proposed Station Location Plan 1. Wiehle Station/Plaza 2. Sunset Hills/Plaza America 3. Reston Town Center/Freedom 4. Sunset Hills/Fountain 5. Bluemont/Transit Center 6. Wiehle Station/Southside 7. Town Center Pkwy/Market 8. Reston Town Center/Fountain 9. Market St/Explorer 10. Town Center Pkwy/Reston Hospital 11. Bowman Towne Dr/Library 12. Reston Pkwy/Spectrum (S) 13. Reston Pkwy/Spectrum (N)
  14. 14. Station Siting
  15. 15. Reston Trips Comparison Trip comparison: first year of operation Operating Days Trips Bikes Stations Trips/Bike/ Day Reston 13 – Station 365 34,000 130 13 0.72 Somerville, MA 242 35,642 108 12 1.36 Brookline, MA 242 17,019 36 4 1.95 Boulder, CO 240 18,500 110 15 0.70
  16. 16. Station Sizing • Map shows number of docks per bike share station • Minimum 15-dock station size recommended • Ratio 1 bike per 2 docks (per other operations nation-wide)
  17. 17. Station Details
  18. 18. Proposed Phase II Plan • Expansion to Lake Anne and South Lakes Village Centers along close-by transportation and community corridors • When second Metrorail station opens in Reston, bike share could also be extended as part of network change
  19. 19. Funding Costs •Start-up costs •Capital: purchase of equipment •Launch: establishing system (hiring employees, website development, etc.) •Operating costs •Station & bike maintenance •Rebalancing •Customer service •Direct expenses
  20. 20. Reston Bike Share Cost Estimate Costs 13- station/130 bike system $ Notes Launch $54,500  Cost per station 15-27 docks @$3,000, 35 docks @ $3,500  $15,000 cost to purchase spare parts, train new staff, etc. Capital $766,000  Cost per Station, 15 dock - $49,000. 19 dock - $58,000, 23 dock - $64,000, 27 dock- $73,000 and 35 dock - $89,000 Operating $397, 824  259 Docks at $128 per dock per month Total $1,218,324 Major costs associated with a bike share system are start-up (capital and launch) and operating
  21. 21. Types of Potential Funding Public sources • Federal • State • Local Private sources • User-generated revenue • Foundations • Corporate sponsorships • Station purchase by a development
  22. 22. Applying Funding Sources • Capital funding • Sponsorship • Private sector/foundation(s) • Direct station purchase • Regional, state, & federal funds • Operations funding • User revenue • Sponsorship • Other local public sources • Private sector/foundations
  23. 23. Reston Bike Share Implementation • Feasibility study -> complete • Advanced planning -> 6-9 months+ • Secure funding ->6-9 months+ • Negotiation and Procurement -> 6-9 months+ • Launch system • Marketing and Promotion
  24. 24. Feasibility Study Conclusions • 13-station bike share system possible for Reston • Could enhance community mobility for residents, workers, visitors • Excellent option for first- and last-mile transit trips • Needs careful planning and management • Partnership opportunities for new programs to improve access • Address wayfinding and trail issues including access, snow and lighting • Funding for capital & on-going operations is key
  25. 25. Feasibility Study Conclusions Reston appears to provide an overall supportive environment for bike share
  26. 26. Thank You QUESTIONS: Adam Lind Adam.Lind@fairfaxcounty.gov

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