Monday, March 11, 2013

We need a bike trail parallel to I-66

The Custis Trail that parallels I-66 in Arlington is one of the most heavily used trails in Virginia, used by commuters and recreational cyclists. That trail should be extended along I-66 outside the Beltway.

VDOT is holding public hearings on the Environmental Impact Study on changes to I-66 between the Beltway and Route 15. According to VDOT: "Public hearings will focus on the Draft EIS, which reflects extensive traffic forecasting, analysis of how various transportation modes work in combination with others, and evaluations about possible impacts on the natural and human environments."

Cyclists are encouraged to attend the Fairfax public hearing this Thursday at Luther Jackson Middle School to find out how people who travel by bike will be accommodated by this project. Are bike facilities included parallel to I-66 as is required by the Fairfax Co Countywide Trails Plan? Can cyclists safely travel through I-66 intersections? Are there good connections to transit? Can cyclists access Park & Ride facilities and find good bike parking? If we don't make it safe and convenient for people to travel by bike, then they won't.

I-66 EIS Public Hearing
Thursday, March 14, 2013
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
For more info see the full Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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A tremendous idea. One needs only glance over to the W&OD trail to see its tremendous high use. This would be adding to a network of already highly used trails, creating greater opportunity for bicycle commuters and recreational users. This area is highly congested with vehicle traffic - improving alternatives seems prudent.

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