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I support adding more bike lanes in Alexandria but I do not understand what is so important about this stretch of lanes. Its two blocks and does not reach the metro or start from a major intersection or road. Can some please explain? I feel we should be fighting for lanes in other places.

Thomas,

This set of bike lanes begins right near the metro which means it will serve as an access point to the station. At the other terminus, these lanes connect to another set of lanes on Janney's Lane which are a part of the nascent bike lane network being planned for the city of Alexandria.

If you look at a map of the plan, it does not begin near the metro. It does not connect to the Metro. It begins/ends after W. Cedar St. which is about 1/4 mi fr the Metro.


400 metres isn't particularly far whether it be for a pedestrian or a bicyclist.

Kellie, don't you agree that a connection 1/4 mile from Metro is better than none at all?

Chris,
you can get there now.
I think that was what Thomas was pointing out, it doesn't connect to the metro.
You don't need a lane that ends 400 meters away.

I just want folks to have accurate information.

Looks like someone removed those signs... I guess bikers win!

On a bike, a quarter mile is just about there. At 12 mph, 400 meters is just a little over a minute's travel - in other words, less time than it takes for me to lock a bike and put lights in my bag.

Ms Meehan,

With all due respect, coming here to tell us what we need or don't need reeks of condescension and isn't going to garner you any sympathy.

These lanes provide protection on the street with the least slope on this ridge. Opponents keep suggesting Walnut, which is unused by cyclists because of extreme steepness. Duke Street is a nightmare of high-speed, as demonstrated by the frequency with which the pedestrian flashing beacons at Telegraph Road keep getting knocked over. The Masonic driveway is private property and also steeper than King.
What's been overlooked in this debate are pedestrians who walk down King on the Temple-side (south) They are currently forced to use narrow sidewalks hemmed in by retaining walls in residents' yards on one side and busy traffic on the other. Re-routing cyclists does nothing to protèct them. A four-foot bike lane will provide much-needed breathing space.
Surely the lives of both pedestrians and cyclists are worth more than parking spaces that typically had fewer than 3 cars in them, especially when the City has already bowed to resident ínput and kept 10 spaces in the compromise plan.
I call on opponents to put aside their extremist, all-or-nothing approach and discontinue their misrepresentation of this plan and conditions in the neighborhood. Discontinue this absurdity of claiming to know what's safer for cyclists than the cyclists, themselves. It embarrasses all Alexandrians in front of the national audience that opponents so eagerly sought to involve via the Wall Street Journal and American Spectator.

Sorry to be late to the show. Part of the story is that the Alexandria city staff are planning to re-design the King/Russell/Callahan intersection. It may be possible to get lanes or at least sharrows through that intersection.

In any case, the city puts in imperfect bike lanes all the time. New bike lanes are generally limited to streets that are being re-paved or re-designed and we generally get piecemeal results, which is a lot better than no results.

To claim that the only acceptable design is a comprehensive design is just another bike-hater excuse to do nothing.

OK, so there will be a bike lane for all but the last 75 seconds (the time it takes to bike 1/4 mi.) of the ride to the Metro -- therefore, the entire project must be canceled. By that logic, because there is one stoplight on I-70 in Breezewood, Penna., therefore the entire 2,153 mile long interstate has been fundamentally compromised, and demolition will commence on Tuesday. Sorry about that, but the perfect must be the enemy of the good.

Meanwhile, that "the worst place in the world for a bike lane" is right here in Alexandria is quite a high honor, especially given the competition!

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