Sunday, January 25, 2015

Post article on I-66 project

Read about the I-66 project in Tolls proposed for I-66 solo commuters, an article in Sunday's Washington Post. As we've mentioned earlier, VDOT is holding meetings this week to allow residents to provide feedback on the project. We're asking cyclists to attend to ask for an extension of the Custis Trail outside the Beltway, and for safe bicycle facilities on the bridges over I-66 that will be rebuilt as part of the project.

According to the article, "Improvements to pedestrian and bicycle networks in the corridor are also part of VDOT’s multi-modal push for dealing with congestion." Now is the time to find out what improvements are planned and to ensure we don't lose a once in a generation opportunity to make the I-66 corridor more bike-friendly.

In the same article it's noted that DC is proposing to "add 10 dedicated bike lanes to its network" at a cost of $470,000.
Biking has become an increasingly popular way to get around the District. As of 2013, about 4.5 percent of the District’s population commuted to work via bike, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The creation of Capital Bikeshare, which celebrated its fourth year in 2014, has also boosted the popularity of biking in the city. Capital Bikeshare is hosting an open house Wednesday to talk about expansion plans and a proposed rate hike.



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