The Fairfax County government on Sept. 5 launched a pilot project that adds black e-bikes to the bright red-colored Capital Bikeshare fleet in Reston and Tysons.
The e-bikes, known as Capital Bikeshare Plus, are battery-operated, pedal-assist bicycles that provide users with a small boost, making pedaling uphill or longer distances effortless.
There will be approximately 80 e-bikes deployed across the National Capital Region as part of the pilot, which is scheduled to run through November.
“We hope that e-bikes will open the door for more Fairfax County residents and visitors to enjoy the many benefits of getting around by bicycle,” said Fairfax County bicycle-program manager Nicole Wynands.
E-bikes can be identified by their black color at a Capital Bikeshare station, and are marked with a lightning-bolt symbol in the Capital Bikeshare app. Unlike the regular bikeshare bicycle, the e-bike will need to be powered on before the start of the trip.
The e-bike pilot is designed to integrate seamlessly with the existing Capital Bikeshare system, which offers 4,300 bikes across more than 500 stations in the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions.
For information, see the Web site at www.capitalbikeshare.com.