View Full Version : No Fooling: April 2019 BAC Meeting: 4/1/19 7pm 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

03-27-2019, 02:56 PM
Hi all,

No fooling, the next Arlington BAC meeting is this coming Monday at 7pm in 2100 Clarendon Blvd (normal BAC time and location). We have some new friends to meet, and we will have a robust introduction to Arlington's policies that apply when bike lanes, roads, sidewalks or trails have to be closed for scheduled or emergency construction (public or private) -- this is what our friends across the river call "Safe Accommodation" or the provision of safe alternatives when the places people walk or bike are closed.

Finally, the 2019 Repaving Schedule is up, so we have the opportunity to suggest changes. (Remember that the County is taking comment on suggested changes to Washington Blvd at Westover through SUNDAY).

Also, note at the bottom three non-traditional BAC-related dates. The May and July BAC meetings will be moved to new, exciting dates and times.

All are welcome on Monday. Hope to see you there.

7:00 pm
Call to Order; Introductions
7:10 pm
New Staff & Neighbors
Sara Crawford, DES
Rachel Maisler, DC BAC Chair
Jim Durham, Alexandria BPAC Chair

7:45 pm
Safe Accommodations
DES Staff
8:30 pm
2019 Repaving Schedule Opportunities
8:50 pm
New Business


Projects open for public comment:
Bike Element: https://bit.ly/2DjBlCD County Board Hearing April 23
Public Spaces Master Plan: https://bit.ly/2AIoGGZ County Board Hearing April 23
Arlington dockless pilot: https://bit.ly/2NLubI1
APS: Ed Center Redesign (could build protected bike lane along part of Quincy): https://bit.ly/2SCzjl8
County: https://topics.arlingtonva.us/engage/
APS: https://www.apsva.us/engage/
BAC Priorities 2018-2020
Trails: Behavior and Design
Safe Accomodation (providing safe routes when construction or maintenance takes bike facilities out of service)
Network Priorities: Columbia Pike, Lee Highway, quick fixes and problem intersections.
Mark Your Calendars: Special 2019 BAC Dates
May 4: Lee Highway ride & meeting with Lee Highway Alliance (*Saturday*)
June 9: Regional BAC Summit (*Sunday*)
July 10: BAC/PAC Meeting (*PAC timeslot*)

04-16-2019, 10:23 AM
Hi! I'm curious about one of the items from the October BAC brainstorm:

A. Bring All Types of Cyclists Together (commuters, family, mountain, racers, etc.)

I want to advocate for free, healthy and exciting recreation within Arlington. Specifically, I want to see some sanctioned mountain biking trails. While Arlington doesn't have any huge parks for 15-mile trail systems, there are some notable places that could support smaller trail systems attached to currently existing trails. Glencarlyn dog park's goat trails and Donaldson Run are two possibilities.

Thw two main concerns of mountain bike trails are shared use safety and erosion.

Erosion is the easy issue, because mountain bike trails are actually the least impactful unpaved trail as compared to hikers, multi-use, equestrian, and OHV. See Dave D. White's article at <https://www.nemba.org/sites/default/files/PDF%20%20Files/Comparative%20Impact%20Study%20White%20et%20al%202 006.pdf>. A simple explanation to this is that mountain bikes have a small in-line footprint, and mountain bikers just ride through and don't stop to smell the roses, let alone pick them, litter, etc.

Shared use safety can be easily addressed by making the most enjoyable downhill track for downhill bike traffic only, and discouraging bike traffic on other downhill sections. Shared use is not a safety issue on flat or uphill sections of trail.

I'm new to the area and wanted to get these notes out here as soon as I learned of this forum - I plan to attend May's meeting and see where we can go from here.

04-17-2019, 11:36 AM
I want to advocate for free, healthy and exciting recreation within Arlington. Specifically, I want to see some sanctioned mountain biking trails.

Welcome and great timing! While recreation biking is not central to the BAC's work, we have discussed is recently, because Arlington is updating its master plan for parks (the "Public Spaces Master Plan"). It's been a long process and the plan will be considered by the County Board NEXT THURSDAY, April 25 at 7pm at 2100 Clarendon Blvd (3rd floor board room). There's a big effort to make sure MTB, CX and pump tracks are included in the plan.

You can help:

- Email the Board now: https://p2a.co/1dClECT
- show up on 4/25 7pm 2100 Clarendon Blvd to tell them in person