Monday, March 28, 2011

Bicycle parking at new Reston Park & Ride Lot

Bike parking at new
Sunset Hills Park and Ride lot
The new Silver Line station at Wiehle Ave in Reston is at the same location as the Reston East Park & Ride lot. A mixed use development will soon be under construction at that site, including a new Metro parking garage. The Reston East lot is scheduled to close on April 3. On that same date the replacement parking lot at the intersection of Town Center Parkway and Sunset Hills Rd will open, the Sunset Hills Park and Ride lot. The new lot is adjacent to the Reston Town Center and the W&OD Trail.

As you can see from the photo on the right, 10 new inverted U bike racks and several lockers were recently installed at the site. The really good news is that they appear to be installed correctly, adjacent to the bus pickup area, not stuck in some corner of the lot. Kudos to the bike coordinator for a job well done. The only thing that would make this even better would be a covering like the one on the left. We can dream can't we?

W&OD connector trail
There is a new connector trail from the park and ride lot to the W&OD Trail. Extra care will need to be taken here as this is located where cyclists on the W&OD Trail coming from the west are traveling fast after crossing the Town Center Parkway bridge.


Bruce, can we add these photos to our FABB Flickr pool?

That's great news about the W&OD connector trail.
Tom, Yes, I've uploaded them to the FABB pool.
New park and ride is working well for me.. Park there in the AM and ride into DC, and back in the evening. If weather is too bad it's an easy jump out of WFC Metro onto a 505 or 555 bus back to the P&R. Since the Fairfax Connector busses are on the ball and all have working bike racks it's a win-win all the way!
I hadn't thought about using the park and ride lot in that way. Since it's next to the W&OD Trail it makes a great place to park and ride the trail for those who either live too far away to ride there or who don't have a good route to the trail.

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