The easiest and fastest way to increase bike riding in a city is to re-envision streets with cycling in mind, which means adding safe, well-connected bike infrastructure for riders to use.
In 2015, the Tysons Partnership successfully advocated for several miles of new bike infrastructure throughout Tysons. Those improvements led to the possibility of bikeshare in the area.
Interest by property owners in investing in bikeshare grew quickly, so the Tysons Partnership sat down with Fairfax County Department of Transportation to discuss a way to initiate a Tysons bikeshare system that met both public and private goals.
After several meetings with FCDOT, all parties were able to come to an agreement on bikeshare and on January 12, 2016, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved their portion of the funding. Capital Bikeshare is coming to Tysons in 2016!
In the end, we were able to secure 14 new bikeshare stations for Tysons to launch in the summer of 2016. By leveraging the private support of Tysons, we were able to effectively advocate for a Capital Bikeshare launch in Tysons years ahead of schedule- a fantastic example of what can be accomplished when private and public sectors work together.
Biking can officially be listed as one of the many transportation options available to residents and employees of Tysons in 2016!