Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Biking to Herndon-Monroe metro station

One of the most crowded park and ride facilities in Fairfax is the Herndon-Monroe parking garage. Renovations to the garage begin this week, which means there will be a lot of disappointed motorists looking for a place to park.

We've got just the solution. Why not bike there? Bike parking is plentiful and under cover. There are several bike lockers there as well, available through Fairfax County.

Bicycle access to the station could be better. There is a paved trail to the east but it turns into a narrow concrete sidewalk leading to Fairfax Co Parkway. To the west the trail ends abruptly before reaching Monroe Street. While we usually have no major problems riding on the four lane road leading to the station, during rush hour motorists can be very impatient and aggressive.

The sooner the county improves access to transit, including the future Silver Line stations and busy park and ride lots, the better off we will all be.

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Many residents to the South can get to Herndon Monroe via the network of Reston Trails that go through the Polo Fields area and take you directly to Roark Ct, across from the station entrance.

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