Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moving Forward on Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

From the December e-mail newsletter of Potomac District Supervisor Andrea McGimsey comes the following affecting pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on December 7th to pass three of my initiatives that will make Loudoun a safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists. The first of these items called for the county to investigate and prioritize a list of bicycle and pedestrian projects so that we can apply for federal funding as it becomes increasingly available. The first priority will be ensuring that pedestrians and cyclists can easily and safely access the planned metro stations at Routes 606 and 772, which are scheduled for completion by December 2016 (although the Board has one more vote to go to make metro a certainty – more on that later.) We also voted to study what can be done to better accommodate members of our community with disabilities.

Safer and better access for pedestrians and cyclists will help alleviate traffic congestion on our roads, promote good health and a clean environment, increase public safety, and provide choices to Loudoun residents and businesses. Another great benefit will be keeping more parking spots open at the metro stations for those who need to drive and park.

In addition, McGimsey wrote that the Board of Supervisors "initiated an amendment to the Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP) at the November 16th Business Meeting to include an extension of Sterling Boulevard. This extension runs from the Route 28 Interchange and the intersection with Pacific Boulevard to the area where the new 606 metro station is planned. This change will be a great benefit to Sterling residents and businesses."

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