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Thread: Lyft/Uber lot on South Eads (Crystal City) at Fort Scott

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    Default Lyft/Uber lot on South Eads (Crystal City) at Fort Scott

    The airport authority leased a lot which had been used to store rental cars along Eads in the late spring. It is now used for Lyft and Uber drivers to hang out till they get a fare. In the early evening, the stretch of Eads near the bus facilities turns into a real cluster as cars are trying to turn left into those lots, often without regard for motorists and cyclists.

    Has anybody been hit by a turning car there in the past 3 months? We are gearing up for a fight with the County.

    Please PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    The airport authority leased a lot which had been used to store rental cars along Eads in the late spring. It is now used for Lyft and Uber drivers to hang out till they get a fare. In the early evening, the stretch of Eads near the bus facilities turns into a real cluster as cars are trying to turn left into those lots, often without regard for motorists and cyclists.

    Has anybody been hit by a turning car there in the past 3 months? We are gearing up for a fight with the County.

    Please PM me.
    Havenít been hit... yet... but I have had multiple cars swing into the bike lane around a left turning car in front of me. I know itís going to happen so Iíve been extra defensive.

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    I joined here to see if there was any information on the ominous "trail detour on september 24" signs that went up north of 14th street bridge yesterday, but also happy to see this this thread. I used to take this section of Eads north daily to go to work. This parking lot has really cratered traffic on that section of Eads. Defensive riding isn't enough. Nobody entering or leaving the lot will actually look at the bike lane or sidewalk (i've nearly been hit on foot as well), so if there's any doubt, i'll just come to a complete stop and wait for them.

    Sometimes people also park crooked and hang out in the street parking on Eads, or whip into it for a minute to take a call (safer than while driving i guess). I try to be sympathetic to taxi driving being a bad job, but i'll be happy when the airport construction is over and they can go back.

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    Last night while biking along Eads I watched multiple cars pull into the bike lane to get around the line of Uber/Lyft drivers trying to get into the lot. I was lucky that none did it too close to me, but I expect this dangerous behavior to continue, and I am VERY concerned that without any buffering of the bike lane in this area, most drivers will not look for cyclists before pulling into it. I turned back after I passed the cars to see 2-3 more cars pull into the bike lane to get around the line of turning vehicles. I've had evening commutes where the line of cars is backed up to the kabob place so I am not surprised drivers and local residents are frustrated, but driving in the bike lane is not making things safer.

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    White car pulled out into the bike lane a little in front of me.

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    You can see another black car in the bike lane in front of the white car here.

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    The community associations have gotten the County to hold a public meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, 27 Sep 2018 at 7 pm. While the community associations will be represented, there is always room for others.

    Details below from https://projects.arlingtonva.us/even...h-eads-street/

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    In April 2018 the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) began operating a dispatch lot for Uber/Lyft vehicles on South Eads Street, near Fort Scott Drive. MWAA relocated the lot to the Eads Street site to make room for their Project Journey construction project, but the move has resulted in increased traffic congestion in this area.

    Join County officials as they discuss proposals for mitigating the traffic situation and shifting some of the lotís access from South Eads Street to Route 1. MWAA and Virginia Department of Transportation officials have also been invited to attend.

    The meeting will start with a presentation followed by a questions & answers session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    The community associations have gotten the County to hold a public meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, 27 Sep 2018 at 7 pm. While the community associations will be represented, there is always room for others.

    Details below from https://projects.arlingtonva.us/even...h-eads-street/

    Date/Time
    09/27/2018
    7:00 pm-8:30 pm

    Location
    Aurora Hills Community & Senior Center
    Multipurpose room

    In April 2018 the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) began operating a dispatch lot for Uber/Lyft vehicles on South Eads Street, near Fort Scott Drive. MWAA relocated the lot to the Eads Street site to make room for their Project Journey construction project, but the move has resulted in increased traffic congestion in this area.

    Join County officials as they discuss proposals for mitigating the traffic situation and shifting some of the lot’s access from South Eads Street to Route 1. MWAA and Virginia Department of Transportation officials have also been invited to attend.

    The meeting will start with a presentation followed by a questions & answers session.
    I can't make the meeting, unfortunately, but this could be a tactical urbanism opportunity -- the County could put up barriers to protect this bike lane for that stretch until a better solution can be found. Yes, that will cost a few parking spaces by the park, but not many (if there's a barrier for one car length where a car would turn left, drivers would get nothing by going into the bike lane). And it would cost little, so could be easily removed if it turns out to really screw things up. The County has to try this sort of thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    the County could put up barriers to protect this bike lane for that stretch until a better solution can be found
    If anyone wants to suggest this, I advise being well away from the neighborhood "congestion" activists, perhaps in a little popemobile bubble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    If anyone wants to suggest this, I advise being well away from the neighborhood "congestion" activists, perhaps in a little popemobile bubble.
    How about a Pope bike instead: https://youtu.be/FZ0yNZvXqHU


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