Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Support bike facilities on Sherwood Hall lane

Share the Road sign on Sherwood Hall Lane.
Photo taken on FABB South County tour in 2007
Sherwood Hall Lane is scheduled to be repaved from US Route 1 to Fort Hunt Road. VDOT and Fairfax Co DOT have proposed adding bike lanes, a center turn lane, and removing some of the little-used on-street parking, in order to calm traffic. Several local residents are opposing the plan for bike lanes and removal of parking. Please visit the WABA Sherwood Hall Lane alert page to send a message to Supervisor Hyland, and if you are a constituent, to Senator Puller and Delegate Surovell.

Making Sherwood Hall Lane a more complete street will benefit all users of the road. By reducing the travel lane width, adding a center turn lane, and adding bike lanes, the road will be safer for everyone, including local residents. Residents are opposed to the plan, primarily because of the loss of the parking. A great deal of space is devoted to free parking that very few people use. The same arguments for opposing the bike lanes and retaining on-street parking that were used to oppose the King St. bike plan are being used to oppose the Sherwood Hall Lane plan. Many, many people use this road who do not live in the immediate area and they should to weigh in on this decision.

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