Capital Bikeshare coming to popular parks along Mt. Vernon Trail

WASHINGTON — Getting to and around two popular parks along the Mount Vernon Trail will soon get easier.

The National Park Service and the Arlington County Board approved an agreement to install Capital Bikeshare stations at Gravelly Point and in the parking lot of Theodore Roosevelt Island as part of a funded expansion of Bikeshare along the Mount Vernon Trail.

The agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding, is part of a new permit process that allows bikeshare stations on National Park Service land.

The only other Capital Bikeshare station on National Park Service land in the Virginia county is located near the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn.

“These bikeshare stations, when installed, will surely be well-used,” Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. “Both Gravelly Point and Theodore Roosevelt Island are favorite spots for Arlingtonians and visitors as they enjoy the Mt. Vernon Trail. Installing bikeshare stations at these spots also makes these National Park Service resources more accessible, bringing nature and history closer to our residents.”

Under the agreement, Arlington County is responsible for the installation and maintenance of Capital Bikeshare station on land owned by the National Park Service.

The county has not yet determined when the facilities will be installed.

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