The chairman of the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee begs City Council to include bicycle parking as part of the Union Street Corridor Plan.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Dear Editor, I am writing about the Union Street Corridor Plan, which will be discussed by City Council later this week. This plan has the full support of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, of which I am chair. I remain concerned, however, that an important element of the proposed plan may not be implemented. We have a situation where city consultants count hundreds of bicycles on Union Street every hour of the day and yet, for some reason, there is very little bicycle parking to be found. I myself lead groups of bike-riders through there often, but we rarely begin, end or pause our rides at the foot of King Street, where the shops are. As a result, our snack, coffee-shop and post-ride luncheon dollars go elsewhere. Counts by…
Community members say bike rental program will aid transportation issues and boost economic development. Plus, it makes Alexandria "cool."
On a beautiful Wednesday made for a bike ride, the City of Alexandria kicked up the kickstand and officially launched its Capital Bikeshare pilot program. Mayor Bill Euille said the program, which currently includes eight bike rental stations in and around Old Town, fits right in with Alexandria’s transportation vision that prioritizes “moving people over moving cars.” Plus, noted Deputy City Manager Tom Gates, the program “adds a certain measure of ‘coolness’ to the city.” Capital Bikeshare has put more than 1,600 bikes on the road in Arlington County and Washington, D.C. in the last three years. More than 175 stations are now available, with more on the way. Many Alexandria residents have asked for expansion of the program into …