- The Arlington Urban Forestry Commission, at their May 24th meeting, decided to send a letter to the County Board asking that the Washington Boulevard Trail in the Penrose neighborhood be built on Courthouse Road instead of along Washington Blvd. If not possible, they suggest that the trail be narrowed, built on a raised platform and built with more curves to avoid large trees. Building the trail as planned will require the loss of 174, mostly native trees, and impacts to another 125. In addition some people in the Penrose neighborhood don't want the trail. The commission will also recommend that the County approach the DOD about putting more of the trail near Towers Park. The project is 80% designed and now needs the Board to approve the contract for construction.
- Bicycle theft is way up at Metro stations. Up from 18 to 47 in the January to March period of the last two years.
- Unhappy with a trail that connects his neighborhood to the Indian Creek Trail (part of the ATTS), a local man built his own trail. "Li said his goal was to get the county to build a paved pathway, and he won’t have long to wait. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is slated to begin construction this summer on a bike trail — part paved path and part boardwalk — to connect Nevada Street to the Indian Creek Trail. The new trail will not go over Li’s trail, but will reroute bikers and pedestrians to another section of the Indian Creek Trail."
- A new AASHTO Bike Guide is out. "this 200-page publication has undergone extensive revision and expansion since it was last released in 1999. It includes guidelines to design, build, modernize, and preserve bicycle facilities, signage, and bicycle parking facilities that can accommodate daily commuters and recreational users."
- The improvements to the Columbia Island area Mount Vernon trail crossings start today (See Video below). 15mph speed limit on the roads in the area? Who knew?