Thursday, October 30, 2008

Public hearings tonight

There are two public hearings tonight that affect cyclists:

Telegraph Road Citizens Information Meeting - Bike lanes are included in the proposed design for the widening of Telegraph Road between South Kings Highway and Beulah St. The road will be widened from 2 lanes to 4, with 4 foot striped bike lanes. A Citizens Information Meeting is scheduled between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A brief presentation will be given at 6:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. The meeting will be held at the Hayfield Secondary School, Lecture Hall 1604, located at 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria, Virginia. See map of school location.

Springfield Mall redevelopment public hearing before the Planning Commission - A major redevelopment of Springfield Mall is being planned. This is not a bike-friendly area, but there is a great potential for using bikes for local trips between the Mall, the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, and surrounding neighborhoods. Bike lanes are referenced in the plans but it's not clear where they will be installed. It appears that only a single bike lane is proposed along the perimeter of the mall, which VDOT will not allow for good reason. Now would be the ideal time for the county to work with VDOT and others to ensure that bike lanes are installed on both sides of the perimeter roads.

The Planning Commission public hearing for this case will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 8:15 p.m. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the public hearing and speak up for including bike lanes, long and short term bike parking for residential and commercial users, and bike changing and shower facilities. See the county project web page, along with the staff report.

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