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    Default #SafeTrack: when WMATA made everyone a bicyclist

    As you know, SafeTrack is coming. WMATA will start closing parts of MetroRail lines and significantly reducing service in less than 2 weeks. The first closure will see continuous single tracking between Ballston and East Falls Church in Arlington from June 4 to June 16. During that time the entire Orange and Silver lines (and the Blue, where it shares a track with Orange and Silver) will see a 28%-70% reduction in service. That's a lot fewer people being moved by MetroRail.

    And yet, those people still need to get around. Arlington County has started planning for how to move people. County staff is focusing on transit solutions, but they've asked for our help identifying bike-based solutions. In other words, what can be done or at least tried relatively quickly and easily to get more people to bike during #SafeTrack?

    I think it would be helpful to organize our thoughts around the 6 E's: Engineering (infrastructure); Education; Encouragement; Enforcement; Evaluation; Equity.

    Please comment below with any ideas, and I'll organize them and deliver to the County.
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    Some ideas to start you thinking:

    Pop-up protected bike lanes. Let's put up temporary protected bike lanes where we can, to see how they work out. They'd be temporary, so if they aren't working, they could be pulled.

    Some streets in Arlington would EASILY accommodate a pop-up PBL. There would be little to no parking loss, and the streets are Arlington-controlled. N Veitch from Wilson to Lee is one. What are other Veitch-like streets?

    There are others that would be nearly as easy to put pop-up PBLs on, but there is some issue, like more parking loss or VDOT-controlled streets. What are other Fairfax-like streets?
    Fairfax Dr wouldn't cost parking, but is VDOT controlled.
    Lee Hwy WB between Lynn and N Lincoln -- the 3rd lane could be a two-way protected cycle-track, easing congestion on the Custis.
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    Bike ambassadors willing to mentor newbies
    Bike trains - from neighborhoods to DC / Rosslyn / Ballston; along the affected MetroRail lines
    "How to" guide from BikeArlington -- what should it include? how to buy a bike; how to find a route; how to park/lock; how to bike in the rain; how to bike on the trail; how to bike on the street

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    Ideas for ACPD involvement?
    Burma-shave signs for trail behavior?

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    What public service announcements should Arlington put out? Maybe something explaining to people in cars that aggressive driving will lead to SLOWER commutes. Everyone needs to slow down and expect more people, allow more time.

    What about this video, but sub in "people on bike and on foot" for "Arlington work crews" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYsGLp6x0Sk

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    Are there any academics that want to study some temporary measures? Does anyone have connections or want to coordinate finding people?

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    How can we ensure we are being inclusive in these efforts? Reaching all ages? Parents/non? Various income levels? Various races and ethnicities?

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    EDUCATION
    EXTREMELY detailed instructions on how to get across the Potomac. Like, step-by-step with maps and photos and probably videos on exactly how to get to and from each bridge between Arlington and DC. This is one of the biggest question marks for new bike commuters. The Key Bridge crossing is the only one that is even remotely straightforward.

    In addition to bridges, I'd probably cover all of the MVT access points: Rosslyn, Iwo Jima / 110 Trail, 27 Trail, LBJ Grove, Crystal City Connector, Four Mile Run Trail.

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    Pop-up CaBI stations at Metro stations, e.g., at East Falls Church?

    Will Metro be cutting all volume on Orange and Silver lines beyond EFC, or will trains will be off-loading at EFC and turning around back to Vienna and Reston? If the latter, people might be interested in using CaBI to finish the trip.

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    I'm not an Arlingtroner, so these are just guesses. I'm glad to see they are attempting to be pro-active about this.

    Under encouragement, maybe work with the local businesses or bike stores to have water stations, maybe at key points such as during BTWD or after the bridges, etc., at least during afternoon commuting hours. We don't need a bunch of sweaty newbies having heart attacks. Didn't bikearlington have some key points for distributing bike lights last winter?

    Under education/encouragement, there are a lot of tips for riding in traffic/riding in heat, etc. Get links on AC web site if not there.

    Under enforcement or encouragement, if there are certain intersections where there are frequent conflicts between bikers, drivers and peds., maybe have some sort of traffic control officers. Not necessarily to give out tickets, but to keep things flowing.

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