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Jason Hardin
10-12-2015, 03:00 PM
Greetings. I wanted to introduce myself to the forum and provide a little bit of information on some proposed stations in Arlington. For the last nine months, I've been assisting in the planning of new Capital Bikeshare stations in Arlington. We haven't added many new stations this year, as we've had delays in obtaining new equipment, but we've still been identifying and planning new sites in the meantime, so we're ready to expand once the stations begin to arrive.

As part of our planning process for each proposed site, we reach out to civic associations and nearby residents, and we thought it makes sense to add this forum to our efforts as well. We're currently at this step for two proposed sites in the Westover Village neighborhood in Arlington - one at Patrick Henry Drive and Washington Boulevard, the other at Westover Park. Both fit into a broader context of expansion west from Ballston. We also are planning stations at/near Westover Library, East Falls Church Metro, Virginia Hospital Center and other points. More information, including the exact location/footprint of the proposed sites, is available here (http://bit.ly/1WXR0Il).

For those interested, I'll be talking about our plans in the area at a meeting of the Westover Village Civic Association tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Westover Library. Sorry for the late notice about the meeting - the main idea is to provide notices on this forum on a regular basis, and I'll be providing more advance notice for future stations, but I thought it still made sense to mention this meeting. Of course, even if you can't make it, feel free to leave a comment here or to email me directly with thoughts or suggestions.

Thanks!
Jason

Jason Hardin
Capital Bikeshare Planner
Consultant to Arlington County Commuter Services
jason@metrobike.net

hozn
10-12-2015, 03:21 PM
I think it is awesome that we're getting cabi in Westover!

bobco85
10-12-2015, 04:00 PM
This is great! I've been longing for CaBi to expand westward, and Westover is a great spot being in the area of East Falls Church Metro, Custis/W&OD trails, and much more.


We also are planning stations at/near Westover Library
Being on the main strip of the Westover restaurants, you'd better make that a BIG station!

Jason Hardin
10-12-2015, 04:20 PM
Being on the main strip of the Westover restaurants, you'd better make that a BIG station!

Definitely. We're planning to construct a concrete pad that can hold up to 18 docks. We'll begin with a smaller station, but we wanted to make sure we could easily expand the station as needed, as I'm sure it will be the destination for many trips.

rcannon100
10-12-2015, 07:03 PM
I think it is awesome that we're getting cabi in Lee Heights!*

I agree entirely!!

(*Near the Metro 29 Diner on Lee Hwy)

TwoWheelsDC
10-12-2015, 08:09 PM
Maybe the owners of that f&?king boat by Westover Park will finally move that POS. If you're going to store your unused recreational vehicles on a public street, at least park it front of your own house....

Anyway, couldn't make the meeting on such short notice, but we did mention to our civic association member neighbor that we absolutely want CaBi in the neighborhood. In the future, I think Lacey Woods park would be a good infill location, as well as VHC.

sjclaeys
10-13-2015, 09:14 AM
I think it is awesome that we're getting cabi in Westover!

I totally agree, but will bet a beer at the beer garden that Ayers Hardware opposes.

kwarkentien
10-15-2015, 06:55 PM
Maybe the owners of that f&?king boat by Westover Park will finally move that POS. If you're going to store your unused recreational vehicles on a public street, at least park it front of your own house....

Unfortunately this is due to a quirk in the parking regulations. Parking in front of county-owned facilities like parks is unrestricted. That's why you find cabs, limos, and other commercial vehicles parked there. Unless the regs are changed, you're likely stuck with that POS.

DrP
10-16-2015, 07:13 AM
In the future, I think Lacey Woods park would be a good infill location, as well as VHC.

I completely agree with this! If CaBis were there, I would join CaBi. Otherwise I am walking nearly to the Metro station to get one and why not just take metro at that point (yes, slow sometimes, but not always).

Jason Hardin
10-16-2015, 02:42 PM
In the future, I think Lacey Woods park would be a good infill location, as well as VHC.

That's actually one of the next few stations we'll be installing. It'll go in at the north end of the park, giving the option to use either Washington Boulevard or drop down a few blocks and use the Custis Trail. I don't have a firm installation date (we're waiting on new stations to arrive, and we also need to construct a concrete pad for it) but it could be by the end of the year.

Beyond that, we also have several more in the vicinity that I expect to see installed by next summer as we expand westward. That includes stations at/near Virginia Hospital Center, Westover Library, the two other Westover-area stations mentioned here, and East Falls Church Metro.

Steve O
10-18-2015, 06:43 PM
Being on the main strip of the Westover restaurants, you'd better make that a BIG station!

AND...be ready to restock it. A lot of the people who catch the #2 bus to Ballston or EFC in the morning are going to figure out that it's quicker to grab a bike, and the dock will be empty by 8:30 am.

TwoWheelsDC
10-18-2015, 10:27 PM
AND...be ready to restock it. A lot of the people who catch the #2 bus to Ballston or EFC in the morning are going to figure out that it's quicker to grab a bike, and the dock will be empty by 8:30 am.

VDOT is gonna have to do something to make Washington more suitable though. The hills are already a deterrent heading either direction, but the road westbound could be pretty intimidating to novices. I ride it every day and there are spots that make me a bit uncomfortable (specifically, the hill going up from McKinley, when parked cars force you into the lane). Signage to the Westover Connector trail would help too, and maybe bike share in the area would spur the county to repave that thing.

dasgeh
10-19-2015, 09:21 AM
VDOT is gonna have to do something to make Washington more suitable though. The hills are already a deterrent heading either direction, but the road westbound could be pretty intimidating to novices. I ride it every day and there are spots that make me a bit uncomfortable (specifically, the hill going up from McKinley, when parked cars force you into the lane). Signage to the Westover Connector trail would help too, and maybe bike share in the area would spur the county to repave that thing.

*PSSSST over here* A little birdie told me that VDOT has Washington Blvd west of Westover up for repaving next year, and has asked Arlington how Arlington wants it restriped. If you want to see bike infrastructure, now would be the time to email countyboard@arlingtonva.us and des@arlingtonva.us. If Sharrows don't cut it for you, you want to say so clearly. If you think losing a few parking spaces for safe infrastructure is worth it, also a good thing to put in the email. And if you know anyone who lives there that would be willing to lead this charge (even if it means losing some parking), lmk.

PotomacCyclist
10-19-2015, 07:15 PM
AND...be ready to restock it. A lot of the people who catch the #2 bus to Ballston or EFC in the morning are going to figure out that it's quicker to grab a bike, and the dock will be empty by 8:30 am.

Capital Bikeshare is still struggling with that issue in DC, especially in the Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan/Shaw areaa. Rebalancing might be more difficult in Westover because it's far away from the center of the bike network, even when just looking at the Arlington stations. Motivate (the operator of CaBi) set up bike corrals in DC on weekday mornings in the summer/fall, one near Franklin Square and one at Foggy Bottom, to handle the demand for dock spaces.

But they haven't figured out what to do about all the stations emptying out in Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan/Shaw on weekday mornings. It's tougher to get bikes out there than to set up a downtown bike corral. At the bike corrals, they remove bikes as the station fills up. They park the bikes off to the side of the station, in a taped off area. That gives them time to have rebalancing vans show up whenever they can. But when they are trying to bring bikes to empty stations, they will need to deal with rush hour traffic.

Unfortunately, I think you can expect a similar situation at the Westover stations on weekday mornings. They may also fill up quickly on weekday evenings.

dasgeh
10-20-2015, 02:23 PM
Capital Bikeshare is still struggling with that issue in DC, especially in the Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan/Shaw areaa. Rebalancing might be more difficult in Westover because it's far away from the center of the bike network, even when just looking at the Arlington stations. Motivate (the operator of CaBi) set up bike corrals in DC on weekday mornings in the summer/fall, one near Franklin Square and one at Foggy Bottom, to handle the demand for dock spaces.

But they haven't figured out what to do about all the stations emptying out in Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan/Shaw on weekday mornings. It's tougher to get bikes out there than to set up a downtown bike corral. At the bike corrals, they remove bikes as the station fills up. They park the bikes off to the side of the station, in a taped off area. That gives them time to have rebalancing vans show up whenever they can. But when they are trying to bring bikes to empty stations, they will need to deal with rush hour traffic.

Unfortunately, I think you can expect a similar situation at the Westover stations on weekday mornings. They may also fill up quickly on weekday evenings.

But intra-Arlington rebalancing would be easier because traffic for cars is better, even during rush hours.

PotomacCyclist
10-20-2015, 05:51 PM
There are still a limited number of rebalancing vans. I've read complaints about the Pentagon Row and Pentagon City Metro bike stations. The PR station fills up early on weekday evenings while the PC Metro station empties out. I don't use those stations during rush hour that often but I do find the PR station to be full on some weekday evenings.

Maybe Motivate will continue to get more vans. But I would still be prepared for rebalancing issues in locations where there is a clear direction of travel during rush hour. (Some stations tend to get rebalanced by users, because rush hour commuters aren't the primary users. But it doesn't seem that will be the case for the Westover stations, if Steve O is correct.)

PotomacCyclist
10-20-2015, 06:01 PM
It's after the peak of the evening commute now, but still close enough where rebalancing issues aren't resolved from today's evening commute.

On the CaBi map, you can see the stations that have emptied out: Downtown, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, National Mall in DC; Court House area and the Ballston Metro in Arlington.

https://secure.capitalbikeshare.com/map/

I only see that one Arlington station is completely full now. I don't know how much of the rebalancing is due to natural usage patterns and how much is due to rebalancing crews. I've seen the rebalancing vans in Arlington and in DC frequently, so I know they don't focus only on DC.

I'm not too familiar with the Westover neighborhood. But if there's a natural one-way commute pattern during rush hours, there is a possibility of rebalancing issues. I don't know how many vans are in use in Arlington. If it's only one, it will have to travel from locations like Westover to the in-demand areas like Court House, Ballston, Pentagon City and Crystal City.

PotomacCyclist
10-20-2015, 06:08 PM
This map analyzes rebalancing issues in near real-time. The color coding lets us see where the rebalancing issues are quickly. The full stations are located in a ring around central DC, although not all of those stations are full at this time. There is another set of full stations in Alexandria, Potomac Yard-Arlington, Four Mile Run in Arlington and a station on Arlington Blvd. near Arlington Forest (the last being a station that is filling up quickly but not yet full).

http://www.rausnitz.com/track/dc

I can't predict exactly what the commute patterns will be for the new Westover stations, but this map can help to show what those patterns might be. At the very least, there is a higher potential for rebalancing issues there, based on its location in relation to the closest Metro stations and employment centers.