Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bicycling to the Wiehle Metro station

The Reston Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee is writing a letter to VDOT and FCDOT about "Critical intersections surrounding the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station." They are proposing specific changes to improve ped/bike access to the station. The letter will be discussed at their meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. The committee "invites any interested RA members to attend and voice any concerns they have so we can try to include their input."

I plan to attend the meeting and have a number of concerns including curb ramp design, motorists turning right on red and ignoring trail users, ped signal timing, and bicyclists being able to activate traffic signals at the Isaac Newton Sq/Sunset Hills Dr intersection.

Another concern relates to the traffic signal at the entrance to the station at Reston Station Blvd. Why is the right turn arrow green when the pedestrian signal is indicating pedestrians and bicyclists should be crossing? I don't think there is a need for the green arrow, which I think encourages motorists to turn right without yielding to people in the crosswalk.


The letter will actually be sent to the RA board for their consideration and sending if they approve. The PBAC does not send letters directly to entities outside Reston Association.

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