Designing Streets for Kids Guide
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) just published the Designing Streets for Kids guide to pave the way for cities to promote streets that better serve the specific needs of children and caregivers as pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Download
County Enacts $100 Congregating Fine
The County has adopted an emergency ordinance prohibiting groups of more than 3 people from congregating on streets and sidewalks posted with restrictions, and requiring pedestrians to maintain at least six feet of physical separation from others on the posted streets and sidewalks. Violators could face a traffic fine of up to $100. News Release
Highland St Reopens
As the County warns of an impending budget crisis, we had a week full of trucks, machines, workers & inconvenience and all we got were a few short stretches of curb repairs and one very short sidewalk repair.
Highland St between Key Blvd & 13th St closed all week (April 20-24) for non-essential sidewalk replacement.
● Sidewalk with heavy foot traffic closed during pandemic.
● Roadway intermittently closed or reduced to single lane.
More Sidewalk Space Crucial for Social Distancing (GGW website)
The CDC recommends physical distancing and remaining six feet away from others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, and other large cities have opened dozens of miles of streets to people, restricting private automobile access besides emergency vehicles, for this reason.
Travel Safely Through the Neighborhood
With physical distancing in practice, everyone needs to be extra careful while navigating the neighborhood.
● Drivers need to drive slower as people are often forced to walk or jog in the street to maintain safe distances. When a pedestrians step into the road so two can pass each other at a safe distance, please don’t honk you horn at them.
● There are more bikes than ever out at all times of the day, many being ridden by children.
● Pedestrians need to be more watchful for traffic, especially when forced to walk in the street.
Complete Streets Upgrades Planned
Five arterial streets in Arlington are being considered as candidates for a Complete Streets overhaul. Three are near Lyon Village:
● Clarendon Blvd: N Nash St to N. Oak St
● N Lorcom La: Old Dominion Drive to N. Taylor St
● Military Rd: Lorcom La to Old Dominion Dr
Upgrades may include “sidewalk expansion or obstruction elimination,” “curb ramp reconstruction,” “crosswalk and signal enhancements,” “pedestrian-scale lighting,” “improved access to transit stops” and bike lanes. Complete Streets: 2020 Project Page
$65 fine for parking in a bike lane in DC starts Feb 28.
The new procedure allows parking enforcement officers (PEO) to take photographs of motorists that are seen blocking bike lanes, and then send out a ticket to violators.
More at WJLA
Under the plan curb lanes would be bus/HOV only eastbound from N Veitch to N. Lynn during AM peak and westbound from N Oak to N Veitch during PM peak. This section of Lee Hwy is 3 lanes wide in each direction and highly congested during peak hours. This makes it difficult for buses to maintain schedule.
The Vision Zero Action Plan will include strategies to make travel safer for everyone: walking, driving, biking, scootering, or taking public transit.
The project team is hosting a drop-in meeting to share more information about Vision Zero, discuss draft Vision Zero goals, and hear about your priorities for the future of safe transportation in Arlington County.
When: Jan 28, 5-8 PM
Where: Washington-Liberty High School Cafeteria, 1301 N Stafford St
Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that while overall traffic fatalities fell 2.7% from 2017, pedestrian deaths rose more than 3%, to 6,283. Bicycle fatalities increased more than 6%, to 857. Both figures are the highest since 1990.
Pedestrian deaths have ballooned 69% in urban areas from 2009 to 2018, while cyclist deaths have jumped 48%. The increases far outpace population growth in those areas.
“People tend to be impatient at intersections and that leads to cars doing things that might not seem reasonable to try to get the light or swerve around somebody who’s stopped to turn.”
Before You Buy a New Car…
“The popularity of SUVs and light trucks are contributing to the increase in roadway fatalities… If you’re behind the wheel of one of those vehicles… you need to take extra caution. It has a lot more weight… poor visibility, it takes you longer to brake and it is harder to see around turns. Drivers of those vehicles need drive very carefully to compensate.” — NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg
Dec 14, 2019: The County Board approved a project to widen North Glebe Road (Route 120) to add northbound and southbound full-width left turn lanes. The new turn lanes will improve traffic flow and give pedestrians more time to cross the street. Work to underground overhead utilities in the project area that began in January 2017 is near complete. Roadway construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020 and last for two years.
Repaving will continue for the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to complete by Monday, Nov 11.
There will be lane closures and temporary detours. Traffic will move slower. Almost all street parking is blocked off. Avoid the area if possible.
The redesign realigns Wilson and Washington Blvds, shortens crosswalks, and widens sidewalks. Access to N. Irving Street is now blocked. Left turns onto Wilson from Washington Blvd is now prohibited. Hopefully this will result in less confusion for motorists and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
“See Me Flags” Popping Up in Arlington, F.C. & Alex.
2019 has seen a troublesome rise in pedestrian fatalities in Arlington. Last month a 55-year-old woman became the fourth pedestrian fatality. The number of traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in 2019 now equals the combined total of in the preceding four years. Click to Continue Reading…
The stretch of Washington Blvd between N. Quincy St and Glebe Rd near Ballston has been the site of several serious pedestrian collisions. Some pedestrians have said cars often do not stop for them along this four-lane road, even in crosswalks. Please observe extra caution along this stretch of Washington Blvd.
Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan
The Arlington County Board adopted a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan that sets ambitious targets for transforming the County’s energy sector.
The plan incorporates goals for buildings; resilience; renewable energy; transportation, County government actions, and education and human behavior. It envisions a carbon neutral Arlington by 2050 that will be more resilient, where all electricity will come from renewable sources, where more residents will drive electric vehicles and more will use transit, and where homes and buildings will be more energy-efficient.
Be sure to report any potholes that you see in the neighborhood to the county. You can call 703-228-6570 or go online to https://topics.arlingtonva.us/reportproblem/ or press this button…
The intersection of Lee Hwy (Rt 29) and N Kirkwood St floods frequently so is best avoided during periods of heavy rain. Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood on July 8 disabled several cars. Arlington Police reported 25 water rescue calls county-wide during the morning of July 8.
Unfortunately, there are few alternatives when this intersection is impassable. Probably the best is to go the long way around via Wilson/Clarendon Blvds or N 13th St.
As flooding is expected to become more frequent, remember that it is unwise to drive through deep water. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your car away.
Avoid parking in low-lying areas when storms are forecast.