Friday, May 28, 2010

Loudoun Board approves funding for design of Atlantic Blvd bike facility

Supervisor Andrea McGimsey announced in the May edition of her Potomac District Newsletter that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, at their May 18 meeting, approved $27,000 for design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Atlantic Blvd from Route 7 to Magnolia Rd. These facilities will connect with a VDOT project to widen Atlantic Blvd from Magnolia Rd to Church St and the W&OD Trail. The recommendation is for a 10' paved trail on the eastern side of the road and a 5' sidewalk on the west.

The option of adding 5' on-road bike lanes to Atlantic Blvd was also studied by Dewberry & Davis. The design cost alone was estimated to be over $500,000. Unfortunately no other options were studied such as narrowing the travel lanes and using wide curb lanes that would also provide on-road bike facilities at a much lower cost.

Supervisor McGimsey recently convened a well-attended community meeting on  pedestrian and bicycle safety, and she wants to continue the dialogue:
I encourage you to send us your feedback on an ongoing basis about where we need make improvements for multimodal transportation – walking, biking, and public transit. Photographs and video of dangerous situations are very helpful, as well as detailed descriptions, for the staff following up on your ideas and concerns. We may not be able to address issues right away, but having a comprehensive list of needs is a great help in prioritizing where to put our limited tax dollars and what to ask developers to include in their proposals.

You can send your ideas and support for bicycle and pedestrian safety to the Board of Supervisors at and to me at



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