Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Support Bike Lanes on Elden Street in Herndon Thursday

E Elden Street Section (eastbound)
VDOT and the Town of Herndon are planning to widen Elden Street from downtown at Monroe Street east to Fairfax County Parkway. Bike lanes are proposed from Monroe Street east to Herndon Parkway, then "off-street bike lanes" to Fairfax Co Parkway. The off-street bike lanes appear to be one-way cycle tracks on each side of Elden Street.

To learn more about the project and speak out in support of bike facilities on Elden Street please consider attending the design public hearing on Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA 20170.

We think the proposed 12-foot travel lanes are much too wide. In an urban setting with slower speeds and bike/ped traffic, 10-11 foot lanes are more appropriate. Traffic signals at the intersections need to sense the presence of bicycles, and there needs to be seamless connections to the Fairfax County Parkway and Sugarland Run Trails.

From the East Elden Street Widening project website:
This project will widen East Elden Street (Route 606) from four to six lanes between Herndon Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway in the Town of Herndon. The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and enhance access to and from Fairfax County Parkway.

Other improvements include:
  • New raised median with streetscaping between Van Buren Street and Herndon Parkway 
  • Undergrounding of utilities between Monroe Street and Fairfax County Parkway 
  • Replacing the culvert over Sugarland Run with a new bridge 
  • Enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities including on-street bike lanes between Monroe Street and Herndon Parkway, and off-street bike lanes east of Herndon Parkway to Fairfax County Parkway

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