Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bike lanes on Courthouse Road near Vienna

VDOT is finalizing the stripping of bike lanes on Courthouse Road between Route 123 near Oakton to just west of Nutley Road in Vienna. A combination of bike lanes and shared lane markings (sharrows) are part of a repaving project on that section of Courthouse Rd.

 Courthouser  Road is currently used by many cyclists as a way to avoid riding on bike-unfriendly Route 123. The new bike lanes should encourage others who live in that area to take more short trips by bicycle. Immediately to the east of this project, the Town of Vienna has designated Courthouse Road as a bike route using signage.

Courthouse is used for accessing Nottoway Park, the Vienna Metro station to the south, the W&OD trail, and other destinations in the Town of Vienna. What is needed next is a better connection to the Oakton area and Germantown Road to the west.

Update July 1, 2014: VDOT is finalizing the striping of Courthouse Road with bike lane symbols.

VDOT adds bike symbols in Courthouse bike lanes
Photo: VDOT

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Unfortunate typo in the first sentence: "stripping" suggests they're removing lanes, which had me panicked! Good to know they're "striping" new bike lanes.
I have seen the progression of the bike lanes on Courthouse Road as VDOT finishes its work -- they look GREAT and I cannot wait to use them!

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