Tim Bevins, who's working under a National Park Service (NPS) Fellowship, attended a recent Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting where he discussed his plans for the 1-year fellowship. He will spend 7 months working with the FHWA on the Mount Vernon Trail looking for safety improvements, and 5 months looking at the rest of the National Capital Area. So far, he's been doing some counts along the trail to gather data, but he would like to update the 1990 Capital Area Bike Plan.
While at the meeting, he updated the status of several projects with some good news and some bad. The good news includes NPS plans to separate pedestrians and cyclists at Gravelly Point along the MVT and their consieration of CaBi stations near NPS trails. In additon, NPS is talking to WABA about bikes on the GW Parkway south of the Beltway.
As for bad news, the Environmental Assesment for the Long Bridge Connector to the MVT is inadequate and this is stalling the project and the MVT extension north has been stalled due to the alignment of the trail near the CIA Building.
In other news:
VDOT has stated that the State Bicycle Plan will be issued and that a state BAC will be reinstated.
Wayfinding signs for the Custis Trail and Rosslyn/Ballston corridor may already have been delivered and installed. More will follow for the W&OD Trail and Four Mile Run Trail.
Funding is available for the Army-Navy Road cycletrack; bike lanes will be installed on Lorcam Lane and Carlin Springs Road, and sharrows will go on George Mason Drive.
Arlington got a silver ranking from LAB on this year's Bicycle Friendly Community application.
At a more recent meeting, the BAC voted to write a letter suggesting that trail management be moved from the Parks Department to the Department of Environmental Services as cited in the County's Bicycle Master Plan.