Friends of White Flint Executive Director Amy Ginsburg was honored to be invited to cut the ribbon last week on our new Bikeshare stations!
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the installation of eight, new, Bikeshare stations in the Pike District and Twinbrook, bringing the County’s total Capital Bikeshare network to 82 stations. These eight stations – and a future one at Pike & Rose – will provide local Bikeshare access in and around the lively and transit-oriented Pike District and surrounding areas.
”Here in the Pike District and nearby, we are celebrating eight, new, Capital Bikeshare stations,” said County Executive Leggett. “These stations offer more options for residents and workers to commute between their home and workplace to the Red Line – and, to visit local stores and restaurants without getting in a car.”
Leggett was joined at the ceremony by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh, and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Assistant Secretary Charles Glass.
Now, nine of the 12 Metrorail stations in the County have Capital Bikeshare available, both at transit stations and in significant portions of the surrounding areas, facilitating use of Bikeshare for first-mile/last-mile connections to transit and other activities.
MCDOT won a $240,588 Maryland Bikeways Program grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to purchase and install five Capital Bikeshare stations in the Pike District and Twinbrook. Four of those stations are in White Flint and one is in Twinbrook, east of the Twinbrook Metro Station. A sixth station was added on Executive Boulevard using private sector contributions.
Working in concert with the County, the City of Rockville also received a grant award from MDOT for two more stations in Twinbrook, one at the Twinbrook Metro Station and one at Congressional Lane and East Jefferson Street. Another Bikeshare station will be added at a later point to the Pike & Rose project.
In addition to the state grant funds, private sector contributions helped meet grant matching requirements and leveraged the impact of public funding, including: JBG Smith Properties, Brookfield, Goodstone LLC, and Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT)