Monday, April 4, 2011

Vienna Town Council approves Courthouse Rd bike route

Vienna is one of the few places in Fairfax County that has a well-connected grid of neighborhood streets that makes it a good cycling town, if you know your way around. Otherwise it can be a bit of a maze as the NW/SE-oriented grid is not completely connected and it's easy to get lost. After one of our first FABB meetings I can remember giving directions to the Vienna Metro station  to former WABA director Eric Gilliland. I heard later that he got lost and after riding around for a while finally stumbled upon the station.

Over the past several months the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee has been working on a proposal to create a signed bike route between the W&OD Trail/downtown area and the Vienna Metro station. The first phase of that route begins at Vienna Elementary School, proceeds along Locust Street and continues on Courthouse Road to Nottoway Park. Tonight after a brief public hearing in which several cyclists spoke out in favor of the route, the Town Council, on a motion by Councilman Dellinger, approved it unanimously..

As we noted in our earlier blog post about the route, it's not perfect, but it is an encouraging start on a network of bike routes throughout the Town. Drew Meren, Chairman of the Transportation Safety Commission and former chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee gave the presentation and also showed a half-size version of the Vienna-specific bike route sign (above).

Congratulations to the advisory committee on getting this first every Vienna bike route approved and good luck in the future.

Update: News article about the council meeting:

Council Approves Bike Route On Courthouse Road
from Vienna Patch.
Courthouse Road to Get Shared Bicycle Routes from Sun Gazette.

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