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Backing out of angled parking spots into a bike lane is asking for trouble. Just wait until the first person driving a small sedan hits someone because a van or truck is parked next to them.

The best solution that won't be taken up is to just remove the front side parking spaces. There's a parking lot in the back or plenty of side streets if you want to visit and you could then enlarge the sidewalk. Or have parallel parking like on the other side of the street.

As someone who lives in the area and grew up going through this area, option 3 is not the safest or best option. the area is very congested already and narrow. Squeezing in dedicated bike lanes and back-in parking on this extremely busy thoroughfare is a recipe for accidents. Some would like you to think that this is a neighborhood street and shopping area. It's not. It is a main route through Arlington made busier by the toll system enacted on I-66. The best course of action is to add clear markings on the road and install a flashing pedestrian cross-walk signal (like that found at N. Utah St. and Wash. Blvd) at the cross walks between the two lights where most of the traffic wants to cross. Paint bike symbols on the ground to remind users that it is a shared road.

Why would tolling I-66 lead to more traffic? Didn't it just allow people to use I-66 who previously were not?

Which is the best option?

It led to more traffic because scofflaws that were violating HOV restrictions without enforcement are now taking local parallel streets to avoid the tolls

Regardless of the reason for the traffic volume, it is a neighborhood thoroughfare, not a highway. The speed limit (I believe) is 30 mph. This is not Route 50.

There has been a lot of back and forth on the Washington Area Bike Forum about this section. Some want PBLs and some want the vehicular cycling. I think there's so much going on through here that it's best for any cyclist to take it easy, so I don't mind the PBLs here. I like Option 3, but any option is going to require cyclists to be careful simply because of all that's going on.

Maybe info has been updated but the last data I've seen from December-ish hasn't really pointed to a big traffic increase on parallel roads.

And it is a neighborhood street and shopping area. Rather, if this doesn't qualify as one, then what does?

Keep wide bike lanes wide. Don't narrow them and hide them from visibility and prone to right hooks.

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