Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Public hearing on Maple Avenue Vision includes bike parking requirements

The Town of Vienna is holding a public hearing on the Maple Avenue Vision on Wed., June 11 starting at 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 123 Center St. S. Included in the Vision are recommendations for bike parking requirements. In Tysons, Fairfax County requires 1 bike parking space for every 5 residential units. Alexandria requires 3 bike parking spaces for every 10 residential units.

The current Vienna proposal for bike parking in the Vision document is minimal. Only multifamily residential developments of 30 units or more are required to provide bike parking at a rate of 1 bike parking space for every 30 units. The W&OD Trail is one of the most popular bike trails in the country, and many future Vienna residents will own bikes, not only to ride the trail but to use for short trips around town. We think that one space for every 30 units (with each unit likely holding more than one person) is insufficient. We also think that all multifamily developments should provide secure, covered bike parking that meets accepted standards.

Cyclists are encouraged to attend the public hearing and speak out for the inclusion of safe, convenient bike facilities in the Maple Avenue Vision that includes sufficient bike parking requirements for future developments. If you cannot attend the meeting you can contact the Planning Commission.

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