Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bike lanes on Wakefield Chapel Road not part of repaving

Bike lanes were added to Wakefield Chapel Road in 2010. The road is an important connection for bicyclists that extends from Braddock Road to Little River Turnpike and the NOVA campus. The road was recently repaved but as you can see from the photos, the bike lanes were not included in the repaving.

We heard about the repaving from a cyclist who frequently uses this route. She was upset that the cracked and crumbling bike lanes were not part of the project.

This is not a good precedent. We don't have many bike lanes in Fairfax and it's sad that a major repaving project would be done without including the bike lanes. We'll contact the VDOT bike coordinator to try to find out why this occurred. 

It's bad enough that most multi-use trails are in terrible shape and are rarely repaved. Now even on-road bike facilities get short shrift when it comes to repaving.

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Thank you so much for looking into this and raising it with VDOT. I greatly appreciate your advocacy for safe cycling.
--Becky Strode
This road has been in horrible shape for years. I don't ride it often, but when I do I don't use the bike lane. (Maybe it would be ok on fat tires, but on a road bike it is horrendous.)

How about we organize some rush hour advocacy and get a large group of cyclists to take the lane from one end of Wakefield to the other? I'd take a morning or two off work for this.

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