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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bike lanes planned for Evergreen Lane and Annandale Road



Evergreen Lane in Annandale.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is planning to add bicycle lanes on Evergreen Lane and a section of Annandale Road between Arlington Boulevard and Gallows Road.

The public is invited to meeting to learn more about the project March 25, 7 p.m., at George Mason Regional Library.


The Virginia Department of Transportation will repave those roads this summer or fall, so that is providing FCDOT with an opportunity to include re-striping for bicycles, said Adam Lind, a bicycle planner with FCDOT. “When we get a list of paving projects, we match it with the county’s Bicycle Master Plan, he said.

There won’t be any road widening or parking reduction on Evergreen Lane or Annandale Road. Instead, the lanes for cars will be narrowed, so a bike lane can be added between the car lanes and parking lanes on both sides the road.

19 comments:

  1. It would be nice if the paint marking the bike lanes wouldn't wash away after the first rain.

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  2. Evergreen is ridiculously wide, which causes cars to speed, and is dangerous for pedestrians to cross (I don't believe there are any crosswalks between Col Pk and LRT). This is a good idea.

    Would like to know which section(s) of Annandale Road will get bike lanes. Can't imagine how they'd fit them in between Hummer and LRT without taking away lanes.

    But you buried the lede, Ellie -- the best news is that these roads will be completely repaved (not just patched) which is sorely needed.

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    1. Evergreen is wide, yet has almost no parking to serve the commercial buildings and residences that are directly off of it. I can't recall if it has a sidewalk.

      Having a bike lane to nowhere is kind of silly- there are no bike lanes on Columbia or Little River, which Evergreen bridges. Just because there is space on a road, and it is cheap to paint lines, doesn't mean that it makes sense to add a bike lane.

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    2. Little River has service lanes, which are easily bikeable (though immigrant cyclists seem to stick to the sidewalk anyway) The main issue with the service lanes is continuity. I believe better facilities will be added to LRT as part of the Annandale transportation plan, which is not yet funded.

      Given that striping bike lanes is done when roads are repaved, the reality is what we will get are bits and pieces. That is why the Bike Master Plan is important - it tells planners where the future connections will be.

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    3. This County is woefully short sided on bike lanes. If you want to bike you have to go to Arlington where they have a least half a brain.

      These new Fairfax bike lanes need to go somewhere and connect cyclists with places.

      Fairfax wake up, everyone is moving into the future except for us. Get out of the 70's and move in the 21st century.

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    4. > though immigrant cyclists seem to stick to the sidewalk anyway

      I've lived here my entire life, and often I stick to the sidewalks. Oldtowne Annandale has severe pothole problems.

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    5. Sidewalk riders o n columbia pike are a problem, I am tired of seeing shopping bags that blow around my front lawn! These side walk riders should be return to sender!

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  3. I lived on that part of Annandale Rd. for 10 years. I don't recall once being impacted by a bicyclist. This is a solution in search of a problem.

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    1. Well said. Why not fix the half-dozen bike-eaters on Columbia Pike in Annandale before getting all cutesy with a ... bike lane? On Evergreen, of all places? Two blocks on one steep hill? I've worked on Evergreen for years and have seen *maybe* a handful of bikes.

      But others here are noting the "speeding" on Evergreen, and maybe that's the rub - maybe there's no expectation that these will see bike use and are simply a traffic calming measure less annoying than speedbumps.

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    2. I can honestly say that I am on Evergreen almost everyday for years and I have only seen a bike rider maybe twice. The whole road needs to be repaved though.

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  4. Forget bikes, the road has so many pot holes it is dangerous.

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    1. This. I have no choice on Annandale Road from Kerns to 50 other than to drive 15 miles per hour, so I don't miss any of the sinkhole sized potholes. I can't even imagine hitting one of those on a bike.

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  5. Isnt that the house that had its statue stolen?

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    1. No - that was a bit further up on the left.
      http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2012/10/st-michael-statue-back-on-evergreen-lane.html

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  6. So happy to hear they are repaving Annandale Road. It's awful and has been for years.

    Wish they would completely repave Old Columbia Pike as well. It's just as bad as Annandale Road.

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  7. I moved to Annandale last year after living in Arlington and DC and have been happy with the new home and area except for one thing---it's nightmare to ride a bicycle and bike commute

    Colombia Pike is my travel route into Arlington and DC and is a pretty harrowing ride every time I ride to or from work. CP could definitely benefit our community with bike-friendly improvements that would not compromise the normal traffic flow-- and ones that could easily connect with Arlington's bike infrastructure.

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    1. I like my life, and do not trust the area drivers with it while completely vulnerable on a bike. I would never even attempt this - you've got guts!!

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  8. I ride my bike on Evergreen Terrace often. It is part of a loop work-out that I do on some weekends. This will be extremely helpful as it is difficult to safely ride on Evergreen. I agree that Columbia Pike needs some improvements for bikes too. It's too dangerous to ride there and I usually have to cut through the church parking lot to avoid as much of it as possible.

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    1. Columbia Pike needs a bike lane bad. It is death waiting to happen for any cyclist. I bike on the sidewalk for as much as I can. Once one gets into Arlington it connects you to cycle trail system that is well networked and much safer than any trail system in Fairfax.

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