Yippee! We’ve got Bikeshare in the Pike District!

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)

Ike Leggett to Participate in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New White Flint Bikeshare Stations

Please join Friends of White Flint and others on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 10 a.m., at the Bikeshare Station at White Flint Metro located on the east side of 355, just north of Marinelli Road, Rockville

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bikeshare station at White Flint Metro. A total of eight new stations have recently been installed in the Pike District, Twinbrook and City of Rockville, bringing the County’s total Capital Bikeshare network to 81 stations.

Leggett will be joined at the ceremony by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh, and Maryland Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Charles Glass.

Bikeshare is coming to White Flint!

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has won a $240,588 Maryland Bikeways Program grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation to establish a four-station satellite Capital Bikeshare network in White Flint and a station in Twinbrook. Working in concert with the County, the City of Rockville received a grant award for two stations in Twinbrook. Together, these seven stations will provide local Bikeshare access to the White Flint and Twinbrook Metrorail Red Line Stations.

The grant will cover 80 percent of the cost for the purchase and installation of all seven stations and bikes. Montgomery County will leverage state funds and private capital, right-of-way and operating funds committed to Bikeshare in White Flint and Twinbrook to provide this sustainable, non-motorized mode of transportation to expand mobility in White Flint and Twinbrook. FoWF member JBG Companies committed to fund $15,000 towards Montgomery County’s efforts to obtain a grant to establish Bikeshare in the White Flint/Twinbrook areas. The City of Rockville will contribute to the planning, operation, and maintenance of the new stations located in the City.

“I would like to thank the Maryland Department of Transportation for their continued partnership and support of Montgomery County’s Bikeshare program,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “This is the third MDOT grant for Bikeshare that MCDOT has received in the last four years. This grant will help us expand our access to Metrorail in White Flint and Twinbrook, bolstering sustainable local and regional transit options for local residents and businesses. We are committed to embracing sustainable mobility improvements like Bikeshare as we expand travel alternatives throughout the County to create a balanced and comprehensive transportation system.”

The Bikeshare network is the latest initiative in the large-scale effort underway by the County and its private sector partners to create a thriving, diverse, mixed use community in White Flint, a master plan-designated Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area (BPPA). Both White Flint and Twinbrook are priority development and job growth areas.

MCDOT has installed and operates a 57-station Capital Bikeshare network using the Metrorail Red Line as a spine. Stations are located inside the Beltway in Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Chevy Chase Lake, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. A satellite network operates in the Rockville and Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center areas. A second satellite network will begin to operate in Wheaton by July 2017; stations for the Wheaton network were funded by a 2016 Maryland Bikeways Grant. Bikeshare Stations in White Flint and Twinbrook will be operational in July 2018.

More information about Capital Bikeshare is available online.