Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vienna Transportation Safety Commission recommends bike lanes on Courthouse Road

Last night the Vienna Transportation Safety Commission held a public hearing on proposed bike lanes on Courthouse Road from Maple Ave to Nottoway Park. The majority of speakers were in favor of the proposal. A few spoke out against the facility, citing concerns about placing the bike lanes adjacent to parked cars. Some made the illogical argument that encouraging cyclists on the road would make traffic worse.

To address the concern about parking on the road it was suggested that shared lane markings (sometimes referred to as "sharrows") be used where parking is allowed to avoid striping bike lanes in the door zone. The committee recommended approval of the bike lane proposal with the suggestion that shared lane markings be used where on-street parking is allowed. The vote was unanimous.

The recommendation will be sent to the Vienna Town Council for their consideration. Once the public hearing date is announced we'll post the information. It's important that cyclists continue to support the facility; we can assume there will be a few vocal opponents who will speak out against the proposal.

See the Transportation Safety Commission website and the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) website. To subscribe to the BAC email updates send a request to

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