Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Reston Master Plan StudyFairfax County has begun the process of updating the Reston Master Plan. A task force is reviewing changes needed to the current plan now that the Silver Line is fully funded and three new Reston Metro stations (Wiehle Avenue, Reston Parkway, and Herndon-Monroe) scheduled to be completed in mid-2013.
Bicycle access to the new stations is critical to reducing traffic congestion, air pollution, and to promote active lifestyles. Most people who currently use the Reston East Park and Ride lot, on the site of the planned Wiehle Ave station, live nearby and could easily get there by bike. Reston's reputation as a bicycle-friendly place is due to the presence of the W&OD Trail and an extensive paved trail system. However, direct, on-road bicycle access to major destinations is poor. There are no on-road bicycle facilities on major roads such as Reston Parkway, Baron Cameron Ave, Wiehle Ave, Sunrise Valley Dr, Sunset Hills Rd.
A series of community meetings will be held to define the future of Reston. These meetings are a good opportunity to speak out in favor of better bicycle access. The next community meeting will be on January 26 on Guiding Planning Principles for Reston, at Langston Hughes Middle School at 7:00 p.m.
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