Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GGW post on biking Old Keene Mill Rd

Malcolm Kenton writes on GreaterGreaterWashington about a long bike trip he took that ends along Old Keene Mill Road headed toward the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. The road is like most arterial roads in Fairfax that carry heavy commuter traffic with no facilities for bicyclists or pedestrians. Experienced cyclists can ride on the road using proper riding techniques, but it's a daunting experience for most cyclists. As the Springfield area develops it's critical that better bike and per access be provided along this and the other major roads in the area.

  Old Keene Mill Road is far from a complete street:
At the end of a long trail ride, my friend and I faced the daunting challenge of getting from Accotink Creek to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station by bicycle. We soon found out that Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield has a long way to go before it is fully accessible for all users. Sidewalks, at the very least, are needed.

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