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    Default Arlington Input wanted: Bikes May Use Full Lane Signs?

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    A few "Bikes May Use Full Lane" signs were installed around Arlington County last summer. (See picture for example). We could use community input on suggested places that more signs could go up.

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    -N. Quincy, heading north of the intersection with Washington Blvd, where the bike lane turns into sharrows for half a block

    -Heading east through Clarendon at the intersection with Washington Blvd, where Wilson turns into Clarendon. There is a pinch point with the pedestrian island before the bike lane starts

    -Heading west on Fairfax Dr (west of Glebe) where the bike lane simply ends before Wakefield St and the trail connector that goes up to the Custis

    Please add your suggestions!

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    How about all the way down Clarendon from Clarendon to Rosslyn? There are generally enough movable obstructions that I am in and out of the bike lane all down the hill.

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    2nd St S, which currently has sharrows

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    - Henderson between Glebe and George Mason.
    - Pershing from George Mason to Washington Boulevard.

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    Key Boulevard, west of N. Veitch?

    I think it does depend on what the purpose of the signs are...

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    Default Wilson from Glebe to George Mason

    The lanes along Wilson between Glebe and George Mason are very narrow and cyclists would definitely benefit from having sharrows along that stretch.

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    Default Columbia Pike from Army Navy and Joyce to George Mason

    I mean, duh...
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    I second Clarendon Blvd eastbound, from Highland all the way thru Lynn.

    + it's mostly downhill, especially starting at Courthouse Road allowing most cyclists to ride over 20 mph and close to the speed limit at Rhodes Street (30 mph)

    + bike lane is too close to parked cars and bikes need the full lane to avoid the door zone.

    + high concentration of driveways and parking lot curb cuts (esp. Starbucks b/t Edgewood and Danville) result in too many right-hook encounters

    + entering traffic from south (Quinn, Queen, Pierce, etc.) pokes into bike lane to see past parked cars. And they poorly judge speed of cyclists coming out of the Courthouse downhill

    + with two traffic lanes, cars can use left lane to pass bikes using center of right lane

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    Concur w/ Clarendon eastbound suggestions, as well as 2nd St. S (tho' aren't there a couple there already?). And Columbia Pike, but man, that's just like putting a bandaid on a gusher.

    Also suggest Lynn St. (NB) on the signpost on the NE corner of the 66 onramp. Most cyclists coming from Rosslyn and heading toward Key Bridge or MVT will not be getting on the bridge sidewalk at that intersection, but continue in the lane until they can mount the curb on the far side of the 66 offramp. Given that the bike lane quits back before the onramp, it would be a nice reminder for motorists that bikes belong in this busy intersection.

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    Rosslyn - the whole length of Ft Myer drive from Key Bridge to the tie in with the trails by Iwo Jima and Fairfax Drive.
    Clarendon - the part of Fairfax drive that goes right by the coffee shop. Thats one of the only ways to get through this area without getting mowed down on Wilson or Washington. Could you make the right turn onto Fairfax there headed west bound bike only??

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