Mark Blacknell writes in the Patch.
While new bike lanes and Capital Bikeshare have been able to encourage more people to take to the streets on bikes, the County has cut its budget for cycling education in half.
Initiatives to improve critical intersections – like that of the Custis trail at Lynn Street near the Key Bridge – languish for lack of staff time to implement already-funded projects.
The County has also consistently underfunded the maintenance of its trails. This means that the same cyclists encouraged by the County to commute on these trails are faced daily with buckled pavement. This is to say nothing of the uncertainty brought by snow, where the lack of clearing resulted in 15,000 to 20,000 fewer trips along one section of the Custis trail in a three week period last year.
Again a county is being pennywise and pound foolish (it's a theme day)
Every person that rides to Clarendon for a night out is one less driver to compete with for a parking space. Every bike commuter on the Custis trail lowers the traffic congestion on the roads passing through Arlington or eases the load on Metro. This approach to increasing transportation capacity is far more efficient – dollar for dollar – than creating new bus lines or providing more on-street parking.