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chris_s
03-20-2014, 12:18 PM
Anybody got complaints, thoughts or brilliant ideas on biking in the heart of Courthouse? Specifically in here:

http://sites.arlingtonva.us/courthouse/files/2013/05/Study-Area-Boundary-with-title-11-26-12.jpg

Arlington is kicking off YAPP (yet another planning process) this one focused on the area highlighted. It is a quick, targeted process that is happening largely because the County's lease on office space is up for renewal in 2018 and the "landmark block" pictured has recently been consolidated by a single owner. The effort is known as Envision Courthouse Square (http://sites.arlingtonva.us/courthouse/) and the first big community meeting is this Wednesday, March 26th from 7-9 pm at Key Elementary School, 2300 Key Boulevard.

The one thing that jumps immediately to my mind in the highlighted area is that if you're heading South in those luxurious buffered bike lanes on Veitch that trying to turn left into the Clarendon Blvd bike lanes is, let's say 'less than enjoyable'.

Who else has thoughts?

Toonces
03-20-2014, 12:45 PM
I work in the Strayer Building and bike in from Westover. Agreed, turning left onto Clarendon from Veitch is less than enjoyable. Same goes for heading North on 15th/Veitch and turning left onto Wilson. No one seems to know what to do. The lane markings or signage needs to be improved for the left turn and straight lanes for Southbound Veitch traffic. Not a good intersection from a car or bike perspective.

Guus
03-25-2014, 09:20 PM
I was going to suggest eliminating the sliplane from Clarendon to 15th street, which makes the bike lane there tricky (the area that was recently painted green).

It's just outside of the scope of the highlighted area.

Then I found that there already is a WalkArlington project for this, in "Active" state: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/EnvironmentalServices/CapTrack/Details.aspx?q=UHJval9JZD0zMjM0&r=TmVpZ2hib3Job29kX05tPSZTdHJlZXRfTm09JlByb2dfSWQ9 MCZQcm9qX1R5cGVfSWQ9MCZQcm9qX05tPWNvdXJ0aG91c2UmUG hhc2VfSWQ9MA==

PotomacCyclist
09-22-2014, 05:20 AM
http://projects.arlingtonva.us/capital-projects/entry/2/363/

Project Name
Clarendon Boulevard at Courthouse Plaza Pork Chop

americancyclo
09-22-2014, 10:29 AM
less than enjoyable. Same goes for heading North on 15th/Veitch and turning left onto Wilson. No one seems to know what to do. The lane markings or signage needs to be improved for the left turn and straight lanes for Southbound Veitch traffic. Not a good intersection from a car or bike perspective.

I avoid ^^^this^^^ intersection on my commute by coming up 15th, Right on Courthouse, Left on Wilson. The light timing works out well.

I'd like to see a painted lane and through markings on Courthouse for the left turn to Wilson, though. Cars that make that left and then intend to turn right on Veitch have a tendency to drift in to the bike lane.

dasgeh
09-22-2014, 11:03 AM
There's no protected bike facilities in the whole of the study area. That's a problem.

Even accepting that non-protected bike facilities are ok, those blocks of Wilson and Clarendon are more prone to cars drifting into the bike lanes than most, in my experience. Courthouse and Wilson could use a bike box to allow bikes to come up and queue for the bike lane restarting. The 15th St bike lanes and prone to be blocked by delivery trucks and loading/unloading. The long bus stop on 15th EB often causes conflict with the bike lane. There's no good transition for bikes coming from Veitch to get to the bike parking at the County building. There's a hugely ugly, waste of space, surface parking lot in the middle of the study area (not that that is a bike problem).