Thursday, May 23, 2013

New bike lanes in Herndon

The Town of Herndon recently implemented a traffic calming project on the south end of Dranesville Road, between Herndon Parkway and Park Ave, a stretch of about 1/3 mile. The project includes bike lanes and a new raised median. Lanes were reduced from 4 regular travel lanes to 2 travel lanes and 2 bike lines, what is known as a "road diet." Similar road diets have been very successful in Reston on Soapstone Dr and Lawyers Rd.

Initially there was a proposal to install a roundabout at the Dranesville/Park intersection but residents were vocal in their opposition.

The photo at the top was taken on eastbound Park Ave approaching the Dranesville intersection, site of the proposed roundabout. Note the extra cargo on the back of Kerie's bike (three plant pots).

The second photo shows the bike lanes and new raised median on Dranesville Rd headed north toward the Herndon Parkway intersection.

The final photo shows where the bike lanes end at Herndon
Parkway. About .5 miles north of here bike lanes extend from Herndon High School to Route 7, a distance of about 1.8 miles. The next step will be to connect these two segments of bike lanes between Herndon Parkway and the high school (about .5 miles).

Let's hope the new bike lanes are a sign of good things to come in Herndon.

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They are beautiful and functional! They area also very close to Herndon Elementary makes it easier for kids to bike to school.

A great example of what can happen when you have a small jurisdiction with commitment! I think a lot of our problems in the County stem from the size of the county which means bikes and peds are competing with a lot of other needs -- including 54% of the budget going to FCPS.
As a Herndon resident, I certainly appreciate what gas been done. I frequently use this stretch on my bike and am thankful for the added safety.

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