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MCDOT Extends Capital Bikeshare Network to the Pike District and Twinbrook

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 12, 2018

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. Bikeshare stations are located in Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Chevy Chase Lake, Takoma Park and Silver Spring; in the Rockville and Shady Grove/Life Sciences Center areas; in Wheaton; and, now in the Pike District and Twinbrook.

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 contributed matching funds to help establish Bikeshare in Twinbrook. A station is located outside JBG’s NIAID headquarters building at Fishers Lane and Rock Creek Mill Road.  

· The County obtained contributions from several private property owners in the Executive Boulevard area which enabled the addition of a station there.  Those entities included Brookfield, the owner of Executive Plaza, and Goodstone LLC, each of which contributed funding toward the purchase and installation of a station at Executive Boulevard and East Jefferson Street.

· Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), developers of Pike & Rose, contributed funding to support an additional Bikeshare station, which will be installed in the future at Rockville Pike and Meeting Street.

· The City of Rockville coordinated with the County on grant planning and submissions and will contribute to the planning, operation, and maintenance of the new stations located within the City.  

The Bikeshare network is a key component of a large-scale effort by the County and its public and private sector partners to create a thriving, diverse, mixed-use community in the Pike District and Twinbrook areas.

More information about Capital Bikeshare is available online

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Media Contact: Lorraine Driscoll 240-777-6533

Release ID: 18-513
Media Contact: Lorraine Driscol 240-777-6507