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    Default Crossing Lynn Street and Lee Highway: How Can We Make It Safer for Cyclists and Peds?

    Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting - Monday, September 12, 2011

    The Arlington Bike Advisory Committee invites you to: Crossing Lynn Street and Lee Highway: How Can We Make It Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians?

    On Monday, September 12, 2011, the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) will host a short site visit and discussion about one of Arlington’s most problematic intersections. Join us afterwards at the nearby Continental lounge for drinks and a chance to learn more about the ABAC and how you can help make Arlington a better place for cyclists.

    What: Site visit to the intersection of Lee Highway, the Custis Trail, and Lynn Street. Arlington County staff will be on hand to explain and discuss future plans to improve the intersection.

    Who: Everyone! Especially cyclists, pedestrians, cyclist wannabes, planners and drivers who want to understand why this intersection is so challenging.

    When & Where: Monday, September 12, 2011 ~ 6:30 PM at Gateway Park. Meet at the northeast corner of the park. Around 7:15 we’ll move to the Continental (across Lee Highway at North Moore Street).

    For more info about this meeting, contact Mark Blacknell, chair of the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee, at mb@blacknell.com.


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    Woo hoo! A move in the right direction

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    Wanted to bump this as a reminder. Had planned to promo a little bit better earlier this week, but . . . things came up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Blacknell View Post
    Wanted to bump this as a reminder. Had planned to promo a little bit better earlier this week, but . . . things came up.
    Somehow I don't think you'll need to do too much PR for this.

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    I live and ride in Rosslyn. This intersection is the pits. Cars turning right on red, bikes using the westbound crosswalk like a bike trail, everybody in too much of a hurry. Connect this to the Key Bridge downstream walk way fiasco (Bicycling folks would be better served using the upstream sidewalk, fewer pedestrians, easier Lee Hiway crossing at Ft Meyer Drive). Please bring your better ideas.

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    A belated thanks to everyone who made this meeting happen. I arrived late and couldn't hear too well, but it was useful. I hope the assembled officials could see how many people are affected by this situation and feel strongly about it. Perhaps they will be able to devise something to improve the situation, within the considerable limitations imposed by topography, bureaucracy, etc.

    I have to admit I was a bit discouraged by the remarks from the Chief of Police (I didn't catch his name). I had already revised my route home to avoid crossing Lynn, and for the first time this morning I changed my morning routine, too. I crossed Key Bridge on the upstream side, waited for the right turning cars off Canal to clear, and positioned myself at the front of the queue of cars heading east on M Street. I had the distinct impression, based on the chief's remarks, that as a cyclist I was pretty much on my own crossing Lynn, no matter what the signal said, and in the event of an accident, at best an investigating officer would assign fault to no one, and at worst, would assign it to me.

    It was nice to talk to everyone afterwards, too. Thanks so much.

    Liz

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    Thanks for coming, Liz. I'm sorry I didn't get to chat with everyone as much as I'd hoped to do. That site visit wasn't the end the BAC's attention to this intersection, and I'm hohopeful that we can use it to improve the lines of communication with ACPD.

    For those that didn't make it, here's some coverage of the meeting:

    http://clarendon.patch.com/articles/...ists-motorists

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    http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...-intersection/

    I wrote a related piece, today, on the gap between the ACPD's enforcement standards and the law, when it comes to crosswalks:

    http://clarendon.patch.com/articles/...-in-crosswalks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Blacknell View Post
    I wrote a related piece, today, on the gap between the ACPD's enforcement standards and the law, when it comes to crosswalks:

    http://clarendon.patch.com/articles/...-in-crosswalks
    I read your piece earlier and was pretty astounded the police took the interpretation they did. The law seems pretty clear, I've always thought. I mean,
    Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all times have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians.
    is about as clear as laws get.

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    There were four Arlington police officers out there this morning (two cars) a the NW corner of the intersection. Saw them waive over two cars as I approached coming from Roosevelt Island. Didn't stop a cyclist from filtering up on the right (where there wasn't room for him to peddle and he was pushing off the curb with one foot) of the cars stopped heading north and then running the red light himself.

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    I noticed that the sign that used to say "Cars must yield to people in the crosswalk" sign was taken down in favor of the picture of a person walking in the crosswalk with the yield sign.

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