City of Winchester Bike Share Feasibility Study
Bike sharing in urban communities has grown exponentially in recent years as an alternative form of transportation and economic development tool. A typical bike share program involves automated kiosks that allow users to rent a bicycle for a short period of time to travel throughout the city for a low cost. The bicycle can then be returned at any kiosk when the trip is over. Access to bike share can help to reduce traffic congestion, provide alternative transportation to work, act as a tourist attraction, increase access to economic opportunity and promote public health.
The Winchester-Frederick County MPO has contracted with Racey Engineering of Luray and EPR PC of Charlottesville to conduct a bike share feasibility study for the City of Winchester. The City is interested in how a bike share system could benefit the community in a variety of ways including economic development and alternative modes of transportation in the downtown core.
Through a review of bike share systems operating in cities similar in size to Winchester, input from key stakeholders, and a public survey, the consulting team will fully address and expand on the following:
- Identify potential partner companies and/or pilot projects to implement and administer bikeshare programs
- Provide options for funding schemes and program management
- Inventory of existing bike lanes and bike paths and identification of potential bike lanes and paths that would enhance network connectivity
- Establish performance goals and measurement tools
- Analyze potential economic development impacts associated with bikesharing, including impacts on tourism and job accessibility
- Develop a comprehensive logistical plan that includes:
- Prime kiosk locations (particularly in downtown core)
- Fleet management
- User Safety Requirements
- Theft Protection
- User Fees
- Develop options for a phased implementation strategy
Benefits of Study Recommendations
- Introduction of an affordable, green, and healthy transportation option for residents and visitors.
- Study kick-off meeting was held on February 4, 2020
- Stakeholder outreach meetings (via teleconference) were held during April and early May
- An online public survey will be open mid-May through mid-June
- A final report will be released in late June