Two-year process comes to a close as Arlington seeks public input on bicycle element

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Arlington County is hoping in the next few years, at least half of its residents will ride a bike on occasion.

That can only happen if it’s safer.

Monday night at Phoenix Bikes in Arlington, a working group of residents, tasked with updating the county’s current Master Transporation Plan bicycle element, heard from the public.

Arlington County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Richard Viola, says the group has seen a high demand for change. Since the plan was last updated in 2008, Arlington has undergone major urban growth. 

The current draft, published online in October, includes the completion of more fine-grained trails, bike lanes, and “buffered facilities.”

“Right now, there are some great facilities in place,” said Viola. “There are some very nice trails and there’s bike lanes, but it doesn’t really cover all of the county. So, we are really trying to build out the network of bike facilities — make them a higher standard, but also make them more widespread.” 

Using the public’s feedback, the updated draft is set for a public hearing in the spring.

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