Friday, October 21, 2011

Reston-Herndon bike plan meeting well-attended

An enthusiastic group of around 35 people showed up for the Reston-Herndon area bike plan meeting last night. It was the second of eight planned meetings to gather input for the countywide bicycle master plan. The meeting started with a half hour open house that gave people a chance to connect with other cyclists and to talk to the planning team.

Consultants from Toole Design Group gave a brief presentation on the plan and the purpose of the meeting. Participants split into several groups: Reston bike facilities, Herndon bike facilities, Educate/Encouragement/Enforcement, and Trails.

Each group marked up maps and listed their ideas for making the area more bicycle-friendly. The Reston group marked dangerous intersections such as Wiehle Ave/Sunset Hills Rd, W&OD/Wiehle Ave, and several FFX Co Pkwy trail intersections. Bike lanes were suggested on Sunrise Valley Drive, South Lakes Dr, and on Lawyers Rd, extending the existing bike lanes, and signed bike routes were indicated on Village Rd, North Shore Dr, and Glade Dr. The information was collected by Toole and will used as input for developing the final county bicycle master plan.

The next area meeting will cover the Mt. Vernon, Rose Hill, Ft. Belvoir, Mason Neck, and Huntington areas, on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA in Conference Room 221 A-B, 2nd floor. Visit the project website for more information.

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Glad to see that this was well attended - I had hoped to go but was unable to.

Living in Herndon, I also hope this gets well-coordinated with the Herndon PBAC efforts, as well as with planned metro station development.
Matt, there were several folks from Herndon in attendance, including Brandice Elliot from Town staff who is working with the PBAC and the metro station development. As you probably know, the Herndon Town Council will be meeting on October 25 to discuss the Herndon metro station area plan, which includes the proposal for a cycle track on Herndon Parkway. I hope lots of cyclists show up to voice their support.

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