Fairfax City-Mason-Vienna Region Bikeshare Feasibility Study

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The City of Fairfax, George Mason University, the Town of Vienna and Fairfax County are collaborating to evaluate opportunities to bring bikeshare to our communities. This feasibility study considered how bikeshare is used, what type or types of bikeshare best serve the community's goals, and where bikeshare infrastructure should be located. 

The final report of the bikeshare study may be downloaded here:
Executive Summary
Full Report

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is bikeshare?
Who is bikeshare for?
Where is bikeshare being recommended?

What is bikeshare?

Bikeshare is an innovative transportation program, ideal for short distance trips. A bikeshare system allows someone to pick up a bicycle at a fixed bikeshare station or to locate an available bicycle using an app. At the end of the trip, the rider returns the bicycle to any bikeshare station or approved parking location in the bikeshare service area. Typically users can pay for a single ride or can sign up for a short or long-term membership with the bikeshare system and take unlimited rides.

A number of bikeshare systems currently operate in the greater DC region. Capital Bikeshare has installed fixed bikeshare stations throughout the region, including in Reston, Tysons Corner, Arlington County, and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, as well as throughout DC and Maryland.

"Dockless" shared mobility devices (shared bikes and e-scooters) are permitted in many parts of the region as well and can provide similar or complementary transportation options to docked bikeshare. While "dockless" shared mobility systems do not require docking stations, many of the opportunities and challenges are similar to those for docked bikeshare. The City of Fairfax is currently conducting a Dockless Mobility Pilot Program.

Who is bikeshare for?

Bikeshare systems allow users to rent bikes for single rides and sign up for memberships for more frequent use. Bikeshare can provide an easy, fun and affordable travel option to get to and from work, school, transit, social events and shopping, or on recreational trails. For people who do not own a bicycle, bikeshare is a useful on-demand option; people who already own a bicycle may want to leave their bikes at home and simply use bikeshare for short mid-day trips or the "last mile" of their commute. Even people who do not ride bicycles can benefit from reduced congestion if more people ride bikeshare instead of driving.

Where is bikeshare being recommended?

The Fairfax City-Mason-Vienna bikeshare study evaluated the feasibility of operating bikeshare in an area that extends from the W&OD trail in Vienna south through the City of Fairfax and into George Mason University. The study area included the GMU-Fairfax campus south to the Burke VRE train station and nearby neighborhoods; the central corridor through the City of Fairfax including Old Town, Northfax, Fairfax Circle, and other commercial and residential centers along Chain Bridge Road and Old Lee Highway; neighborhoods around and including the Vienna/GMU-Fairfax Metrorail Station; and in Vienna, Maple Avenue, the W&OD trail, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Bikeshare typically works best within a compact and dense network of bicycles and stations. The map to the right illustrates the approximate boundaries of the study area. The initial recommendations for the bikeshare system are concentrated within a smaller area and can be found in the Executive Summary of the report. Exact locations of proposed bikeshare stations will be refined prior to implementation.

Additional Documents and Meetings

For more information about the Fairfax City-Mason-Vienna bikeshare study, email PW-Transportation@fairfaxva.gov or call (703) 385-7810.