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Thread: What Bike Parking Facilities Do You Want at Arl Metro Stations?

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    I and a small gaggle of Arlington Transportation staff will be speaking with WMATA reps next week about plans to upgrade bike parking facilities at Arlington Metro Stations. As one who admittedly doesn't use Metro bike parking all that much, I'm reaching out to see what thoughts and ideas (hopes and dreams?) you'd like me to relay to them.

    And a word on the narrow focus. I am assuming this is the first step in talking all jurisdictions and eventually the public about the rest of the system. So Arlington stations only, please

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    Henry- it would be great to have metro bike parking options that are 1) on budget; 2) on schedule; and 3) constructed by contractors with an adequate quality controls program, unlike a current bike parking facility that has yet to complete for years with no end in sight... and is the topic of another thread.

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    First, we need the bike station that was promised for the Ballston station.

    Second, we need secure parking (cameras might be enough, but they need to work), that is covered, and that works for all type of bikes -- if you're going to provide staples relatively close together, like we see at Clarendon, there also needs to be cargo bike parking elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    Henry- it would be great to have metro bike parking options that are 1) on budget; 2) on schedule; and 3) constructed by contractors with an adequate quality controls program, unlike a current bike parking facility that has yet to complete for years with no end in sight... and is the topic of another thread.
    This! And if you want to win a free beer or other beverage, there's a contest to predict the date it will be completed.
    Check it out; you could be a winner!

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    It is not my intention to be glib or contrary, but I would like to see Metro held accountable for completion of partially constructed or planned bike parking projects in Arlington rather than present them wish list of nice to have’s that have no chance of coming to fruition. Thank you- I certainly appreciate your efforts and collaboration with them!

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    Not directly a WMATA project, but could be useful for Metro users as well as mall visitors and office workers.
    There is no reason the Ballston parking garage cannot have significantly better and more bike parking than it does. Arlington County owns the garage, making it much more straightforward to implement than a project with multiple stakeholders. I seem to recall this being a topic of discussion at the BAC meetings about 4-5 years ago that subsequently fizzled out.

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    I applied for a bike locker at the Franconia Springfield station in June 2016, and so far it has hasn't happened. I never get updates unless I bug them (and it takes several emails before I get a response), and I don't seem to actually make any progress on the wait list when I get an update.

    Earlier this year I was told that as part of the blue line summer shutdown, they were going to install new lockers. These lockers wouldn't be loaned on an annual basis, but instead would be on a first-come, first-served basis, and would be opened with a Smart Trip card. But that didn't happen, and when I contacted them, they said something something something, and now I'm back to the wait list.

    I'm retiring in a couple of years and that's my over/under for when I'll get a locker.

    ETA: I just noticed that this was for Arlington. Disregard if not relevant.

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    OK, since I work at the Pentagon or Crystal City, let me add another suggestion: The Pentagon transit center really, really needs a Capital Bikeshare station there. Make it a double-wide station because business would boom. I know this is an old idea, and the blame is usually placed on some agency at the Pentagon, and it gets extra weight just because they think they're special. I know it's not a security issue, and I hope that's not the reason they give because it's hard for civilians to argue against that and sometimes they just throw that out there to stifle the conversation. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic around the transit center (when I ride my bike there to catch a bus home, I walk it when I get close), and a lot of car and bus traffic, but with just a little planning, and a well-placed bike lane to get the bikes in and out of the area, it would work spectacularly, beyond all expectations. I'd probably locate the station near the corridor 2 entrance where there are already bike racks, and designate one of the parking lot lanes special for bikes to get to Pentagon City, but that's just me thinking about it for 2 minutes. Add another station on the north side in the small parking lot by the wooden bridge over the pond near the path, and it'd be convenient to the trail network and DC, and close to the Pentagon Athletic Center for people to shower.
    Last edited by trailrunner; 01-25-2020 at 07:03 AM.

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