Slow news day, just two stories
First, I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I'm not sure how excited we should be about the bike route on Courthouse Road that the Vienna Town Council voted to approve.
The new routes technically will not be bicycle lanes, which are designated exclusively for cyclists. Some residents living along the road told the commission they were worried that creation of bicycle lanes would limit parking opportunities in front of their properties.
As FABB points out, cyclists are being given wide shoulders that will also double as streetside parking where they will be allowed to bike. Sharrows will not be allowed because VDOT hasn't approved them yet. The route will be signed for better navigation and will include signs "to remind both cyclists and motorists of their responsibilities to obey traffic laws." Because
"There’s a feeling that bicyclists don’t stop at stop signs,” said Mayor M. Jane Seeman.
Just a feeling? Because it's pretty much a fact that bicyclists, like drivers, do not stop at stop signs.
Stop signs not working? Maybe some more signs will help.
FABB notes that the bike lanes were scuttled to appease a "handful" of residents who park in the road and that
While we strongly support the idea of bike routes to the Vienna Metro station, we think the current plan has some problems. It works fine until a cyclist, riding in the paved road outside the 11 foot travel lane, encounters parked cars and must navigate back into the travel lane, across a solid white lane marking. The current road configuration is probably better for cyclists without the 11' lane markings.
If bike lanes are not going to be striped, and if parking continues on the road, then bike route signs would likely be sufficient. While the purpose of the 11' lane markings is to reduce traffic speeds, which will benefit cyclists, they also complicate bicyclists' movements. This will not be a major problem as there is very little parking on this segment of the road.
I can't say I know Courthouse Road that well, but why can't these people just park on their own property? Most house appear to have long driveways and garages.
Anyway, the second story today. Biking - not necessarily something white people like.
Update: the chart below is wrong because the biking percentage is non-hispanic whites and the population percentage is all whites. The actual white population is 66%. Meaning that the demographic breakdown does NOT match the population. [If you add up the red bars, you get 100%, but if you add up the gray bars you get 107%]