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September 04, 2012

Goodbye, CommuterPageBlog, Hello ACCS Blogs

With the launch of the rebuilt CommuterPage.com and the addition of blog functions to individual program websites, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) is retiring CommuterPageBlog. Links to posts on this blog will continue to work for the forseeable future. Many posts will be copied to ACCS program blogs.

The new CommuterPage.com includes an aggregation of posts from all of these blogs. There is an RSS feed for all posts, or you can subscribe to individual blogs at the links below. New blog posts will soon be part of CommuterPage.com Email News, for those who prefer to receive posts by email. Watch the CommuterPage.com News and Events page for that link.

Thank you for reading CommuterPageBlog, we hope you'll continue to read the posts to our program blogs.

ACCS Program Blogs:

Joe Chapline, Web Manager, Arlington County Commuter Services

 

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August 31, 2012

All interested in cycling in Arlington invited. . .

. . .to a get-together sponsored by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee.

When: Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PMCpblogo[1]

Where: Carpool - 4000 Fairfax Drive in Ballston

Why:  Why not?  Actually, it's a chance for anyone who want to talk about cycling in N. Virginia to get together with others who share that interest.  We'll also enjoy some food and drink and just hang out.  Bring your friends and colleagues.  Hopefully we can take over the outdoor deck!

Hope to see you there!!

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August 30, 2012

Buffered Bike Lane Coming!

Hot on the heels of Green Bike Lanes being installed, a new Buffered Bike Lane is being installed on Clarendon Blvd, from Garfield to Adams St (between Clarendon and Courthouse).

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For more information on the lane details visit the project webpage!

 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

 

 

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"Green" Bike Lanes in Arlington!

County contractors have started marking the first of five new "green" bike lanes. Literally, green paint within the existing bike lanes. Check out the photos:

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Click here to view more photos!

They're being installed only at specific critical locations where bike lanes and drive lanes cross each other in unusual configurations, such as at "Y" intersections or at the start of some dedicated right turn lanes. The purpose of the green markings is to reinforce the presence of the bike lane in places where the street markings might not get noticed by drivers.

The coating, called "StreetBond CL" was created to hold up well to traffic wear and tear. It is also engineered to maintain the same or higher levels of friction as the asphalt itself. This is an important safety consideration for cyclists. Particularly in wet weather. New York City has been using this product (and this color) to mark bike lanes for at least a couple of years now.

The first five locations are:
• EB Military Road at Nellie Custis split (Donaldson Run CA)
• EB Clarendon Blvd at 15th St. split (Courthouse)
• WB Wilson Blvd. at Vietch St intersection (Courthouse)
• NB Lynn St. between 19th St. and EB Lee Hwy (Rosslyn)
• WB 15th St./NB Joyce St. at Pentagon City Mall parking garage (Pentagon City)

 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

 

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August 27, 2012

I-495 Express Lanes: For insiders only

The new I-495 HOT lanes, also known as 495 Express Lanes, are expected to go into operation late this year.  Discussion of these lanes and the concept of dynamic pricing can be found in many places on the web (official site,  a previous post of mine re: the theory of HOT lanes).

My particular concern is the requirement that all users must have an E-ZPass in order to use the lanes.  What this means is that only local drivers with knowledge of the system and those who are willing to bear the monthly admin charge will be able to utilize the lanes. Thus, in order to use the HOT lanes for free one must:
  • Have 3+ persons in their vehicle, AND
  • Have an active monthly E-ZPass Flex Account, AND
  • Make sure the Flex pass is set to HOV mode

Tour buses and visiting groups with many people in their vehicles will be banned from using the lanes, even though they would more than qualify for the HOV-3 requirement.  I think this is a bad policy.  Particularly here in the DC region, where there are millions of visitors every year, making it impossible for visitors and guests to use a transportation system that could make their visit here more enjoyable is a big mistake.

Making the Express lanes free for groups of three or more without a transponder is not impossible.  In fact, it is already done in numerous places (see below).  For instance, in San Diego they have had HOT lanes for years.  Carpoolers do not need a transponder.  This means that out-of-towners in groups of three or more may use the HOT lanes without ever having been to San Diego before.  Good.  Those with a transponder who want to drive for free because they meet the HOV requirement on a particular trip can put their transponder in a foil bag so it is not read.

The I-25 Express lanes in Denver allow anyone to access the lanes, with or without a transponder, and use license plate recognition to send a bill later (with about a 25% extra fee) to those without.   HOV drive free without need of a transponder.

The Inter-County Connector in Maryland also has a system for billing cars without transponders.  It is not a requirement to have one to drive the ICC, although they do add a $4 admin charge to the toll.  The ICC does not have an HOV distinction: all users pay tolls.

As currently designed, the I-495 Express users must have an E-ZPass.  Those who want to travel for free with three or more people in the vehicle must have an E-ZPass Flex.  The Flex pass has a switch allowing one to change between free/HOV mode and regular toll mode.  It is not clear what happens to vehicles that enter the HOT lanes without a transponder, although one would presume there would be a fine.  I believe I read in Dr. Gridlock that the fine would be something like $12 plus the toll.  (Which raises the question, "If you had 3 or more people in the car, would the toll be zero?")  It's also not clear what would happen to drivers who accidentally leave their transponders in the wrong setting or reset it while they are on the road.

Based on these examples and others, clearly the capability exists to allow HOV users without transponders to utilize the I-495 Express Lanes.  Yet the system is designed essentially as an insider's club, for locals only: visitors, tourists and outsiders not welcome here.  And if you even try to get in, we'll slap you hard and leave a bad taste in your mouth.  I think this is bad policy.
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Steve Offutt, Arlington

 

LIST OF SOME HOT LANES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A TRANSPONDER FOR HOV

  • I-680 Alameda County (CA)
  • I-15 San Diego County (CA)
  • Katy Freeway in Houston
  • I-25 Express Lanes in Denver
  • I-35 MnPass Express lanes in Minneapolis



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August 23, 2012

Check out this Handmade Bicycling Dress!

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A co-worker of ours named Elizabeth, over in Arlington Transportation Partners, recently rode her bike to work wearing a dress, complete with reflective piping, that she had made herself.

Hop on over to her blog for more pictures and to read all about how she did it. Cool stuff!

 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

 

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August 17, 2012

New Bike Shop Coming to Arlington! (UPDATE)

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It's been six weeks since we checked in on Tri360, the new bike shop opening in western Arlington County.  With construction finished, staff hired, and new product arriving every day to fill their shelves, Tri360 should be open any day now.

As mentioned in my earlier post, even through they will be focusing on the sport of triathlon as their niche, being that the shop is located so close to the W&OD trail, they will cater to commuters and recreational riders as well. 

Their hours will be:

Monday - Friday, 11am - 8pm
Saturday, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, Noon-5pm

Tri360 will host group rides and runs, which will be open to everyone in the community.  Group runs of approximately 45 minutes will take place on Monday evenings, and group rides will be about an hour on Thursday evenings.  They'll also be hosting longer group rides (40-60 miles) outside of the DC Metro area one weekend day per month, TBD.

Follow them on Twitter at @Tri_360 for the lastest on their opening date, and visit the BikeArlington Facebook page for more sneak-peek photos from inside their shop. 

 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

 

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More People Walking More of the Time

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Here at WalkArlington, our mission is to get “more people walking more of the time.” Apparently, part of WalkArlington’s mission is also being carried out in other parts of the U.S.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their new Vital Signs report that revealed more Americans are incorporating walking into their lives than in years past.  According to the report, more than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation; for fun, relaxation, or exercise; or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking for 10 minutes or more at least once in the previous week increased from 56 percent in 2005 to 62 percent in 2010.

The report compiled statistics from across the nation. In the West, around 68 percent of people engage in walking in their daily lives. The South experienced the largest bump in the number of people walking, with an uptick of about 8 percentage points from 2005 (49 percent) to 2010 (57 percent). In addition, adults with arthritis or hypertension were among those who reported participating in more walking.

But Still Not Often Enough
Despite the encouraging news, experts conclude that far too many people are still not getting enough exercise to improve their health – less than half of U.S. adults get the recommended amount of physical activity of 2.5 hours a week.  The CDC says that walkable, pedestrian-inclusive communities are key to encouraging Americans to travel by foot.  
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The report encourages employers and state and local governments to support walkability – and fitness— by developing new sidewalks, paths, and other safe places that encourage people to walk for work, errands, and recreation.

For more information about how you can start “walking more, more of the time” and resources to help make Arlington a better place to walk, visit WalkArlington.com.

WalkArlington_166+130+website WalkArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services within the Department of Environmental Services, gets "more people walking more of the time" by promoting the health, environmental, community-building, and commuting benefits of walking.

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August 08, 2012

Nat'l Bike Challenge - Final Month!

May 1st marked the first day of the VERY first national movement for people across the country to "Get Up & Ride" through the National Bike Challenge, organized by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  This initiative aims to encourage more people to bike more often...hey, that sounds familiar!  Oh wait, that's because it's exactly what BikeArlington's mission is!  So for the past 3 months, Endomondo (an online social fitness network) has been helping track hundreds of thousands of miles ridden by citizens in the whole DC Metropolitan region!

The National Bike Challenge is in its final month now, with only 3 weeks left to get your bike riding miles tracked for your team or your community.  For all you data lovers out there, here are some wonderful statistics from the past 3 months (and one week) of tracked bike miles in the DC region:

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What stands out to you?  The whopping 283,322 miles logged?  If you love the environment it's probably the 259,348 lbs of CO2 saved.  Of if you're an exercise fanatic the 5,335,990 calories burned looks amazing.  But if you're into saving deniro dinero (let's face it, who isn't?), then the $64,962 saved is like a love song.  Either way, these numbers mean that everytime you ride your bike, you're benefiting in more ways than one.

And not like we're competitive or anything but, it just so happens that the top 3 teams in the DC region are all "BikeArlington" teams!  This includes not only the BikeArlington staff, but also fans, supporters, and/or residents of Arlington County.  We are proud and happy to represent so many people riding their bikes.  We get a little choked up just thinking about it!

If you haven't logged your miles this month, you still have 3 weeks left! Now go outside and "Get up and ride!"

 

 Zanna is the Events and Outreach Coordinator for BikeArlington.  She is currently ranked at 16 for the entire period in the National Bike Challenge (for Riders).  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

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August 06, 2012

Hike the Pike with WalkArlington and Hit the Midway at the Arlington County Fair

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Join WalkArlington on August 12 for a Family-Friendly Mini-Walkabout, then Catch the Shuttle to the Thomas Jefferson Community Center for the Final Day of the 2012 Arlington County Fair!
 

WalkArlington invites Arlingtonians of all ages to join our Pike Hike II Junior Walkabout, a shortened, family-friendly version of our Columbia Pike Town Center West Walkabout, on Sunday, August 12, the closing day of the Arlington County Fair.  Kicking off at 10:00 a.m., the four-stop guided walking tour highlights neighborhood attractions for kids of all ages, from tasty treats at the Sunday Farmer’s Market to family screenings at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse to storytimes at Columbia Pike Branch Library

The Junior Walkabout begins and ends at the Columbia Pike Library/Arlington Career Center complex, 816 South Walter Reed Drive. The route covers less than one mile and the tour will last less than an hour. The Walkabout is free of charge and will take place rain or shine!

After the Walkabout, walkers will cool off with refreshments courtesy of Giant Food.  Also as a bonus, Pike Hike II Junior walkers will receive a FREE one-way ticket for a shuttle ride from the Career Center to the Arlington County Fairgrounds at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on August 12, the final day of the 2012 Fair, courtesy of WalkArlington and our partners at the Arlington County Fair!

For more information on the Pike Hike II Junior Walkabout, visit WalkArlington.com.

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July 24, 2012

Employers Will Need to Shift Job Opportunities as Suburb Demographics Change

Transportation is a fundamental requirement of human life. That's why a new report about "the suburbanization of jobs" from the Brookings Institution is so disheartening. It finds that "the typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s ability to connect workers to opportunity and jobs to local labor pools." 

These findings led me to ask the report's author, Adie Tomer, some questions.

To read the interview, please go to Mobility Lab.

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July 20, 2012

Telework Series: Work is Something You Do, Not Someplace You Go

This is a four-part series about the state of telework. It looks at why an idea as great as sliced bread hasn’t reached its full potential. The series is based on an interview with Chuck Wilsker (pictured), who is a member of The Mobility Collaborative, consisting of some of the world’s top thinkers on transportation options, and President and CEO of The Telework Coalition, the leading telework non-profit in the United States. 

Since telework is such a no-brainer in many ways, why hasn’t it taken off as much as one would think?

There have been many reasons over the years, including resistance to change, technology issues, and security concerns.

Another reason is the word “telework” itself. It has carried some baggage, including not only the reasons I just mentioned, but also that many people just don’t understand what it means.Some think it refers to “telemarketers” who call at all of the wrong times. We’re starting to see more migration from using “telework” to using “mobility, especially with the proliferation of smart phones and pad devices.

One thing we’ve found is that people who ask for teleworking or telecommuting arrangements from their employers are more readily accepted when they use the te"telework" because it contains the word work.

For the full series, please go to Mobility Lab.

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July 19, 2012

Why Walk? An Infographic is Worth 1000 Words

Here at WalkArlington, we strive to "get more people walking more of the time” through a variety of means, from neighborhood Walkabouts to the WalkArlington website, our Pacer newsletter to our Facebook updates, our local partnerships to our national Walk Friendly Community recognition. And we’re always looking for new and creative ways to share ideas and information about the myriad benefits of walking with you.

To that end, here are some recent infographics we’ve come across that capture and convey a lot of information about the multi-faceted virtues of walking in a creative and colorful--and succinct--way.

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July 18, 2012

Clarendon Metro Station Getting a Facelift, New Bike Parking

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Arlington County and WMATA are working together to give the Clarendon Metro Station and Clarendon Central Park a much needed facelift.  Check out the Arlington County project details website for information on what is slated to happen in the coming months.  Construction will run from July through December.  Comprehensive informational signs will be put in place along the limits of the construction fence lines once the fence is in place. 

Cyclists, and those using the station for bike parking, should note that during construction the bike racks and bike storage lockers will be moved around as necessary to facilitate construction.  Bikes will not be permited within the construction zone.

The good news is that when all is said and done, there will be brand new covered bike parking at this location.  If you're familiar with the Shirlington bus station bike parking facility (pictured below), we are told that is similar to what should be expected in Clarendon!

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 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

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July 16, 2012

New Arlington County Bike Map!

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Well, we did it again! The Arlington County Bike Map has been updated and now shows an improved bicycle network along with the most up to date location of new Capital Bikeshare locations.

You can download a PDF or even order a hard copy to be mailed to you for free on the BikeArlington website!

See you on the trails!

 BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

 

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July 11, 2012

Bike to the Movies!

Summertime is usually synonymous with doing everything outdoors:  eating, drinking, laughing, crying, playing and for the past several years now: watching movies on the big screen! With our wonderful off-street paths, on-street bike lanes and Capital Bikeshare stations, it’s as easy as pie to ditch four wheels for two and roll on over to the outdoor movie screenings

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Check out a list of some of the outdoor films in the area and give your car a break.  Oh, and if you decide that riding your bike both ways isn’t for you, you can always take your bike on a bus (ART, Circulator and MetroBus), or the Metro for one leg of the trip – there are some restrictions on the Metro though.  (Click the map for a larger view).

 

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Rosslyn Outdoor Film FestivalGateway Park on Lee Highway near  Key Bridge:  Fridays through August 24th

Gateway Park is accessible directly from the Mount Vernon and Custis off-street trails and from the Key Bridge where you can ride your bike on the wide sidewalks. Nearby bike lanes/sharrows include N. Lynn Street (before Lee Hwy.), Key Blvd., Wilson Blvd. and Clarendon Blvd.   There are several bike friendly (or suggested) routes you can take by bike as well.  There is plenty of bike parking available at Gateway Park.  There are two Capital Bikeshare stations located about a five minute walk away from the park.  The Rosslyn Metro station and numerous buses that leave the bus bay make it very accessible by public transit as well.

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Crystal Screen: Rom ComCourtyard at 1850 Bell St:  Mondays through August 27th

  The courtyard is accessible straight from the Mt Vernon off street trail past the Crystal City Water Park.  Crystal Drive and 18th St. bike lanes take you right to the courtyard.  There are a number of bike friendly streets that are located nearby including South Bell & Eads St., 15th St. South and 23rd St. South.  There are eight Capital Bikeshare stations within a 10 minute walk.  There is plenty of bike parking – check out the Crystal City BID’s handy bike parking map to see where you can park up before the show.  The Crystal City Metro station is also located steps away from the courtyard.

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Screen on the Green – National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets:  July 16, 25, 30 and August 6

Screen on the Green is accessible directly from the off-street trails along the mall (parallel to Constitution Ave., Madison & Jefferson Dr.).  The Pennsylvania Ave. bike lanes spit you out on bike friendly 4th St., or you can take 7th St. directly to the green.  There are nine Capital Bikeshare stations and five Metro stations within a 10 minute walk from the green.

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U Street Movie Series: Harrison Under the Stars – Harrison Playground, V St. and 13th NW: Fourth Wednesday of each month through September 26th

The Harrison Playground is located right around the corner from a Capital Bikeshare station, with four other stations within a half mile!  The playground is located directly on a street with a dedicated bike laneand nearby several other streets with bike lanes including W St., T St. , 14thSt., 15thSt., R St. and  7th St.).

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NoMa Summer Screen – L St. between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NE:  Wednesdays through August 8th

The park is directly accessible from the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an off-street path that parallels 2nd St. NE.  There are several streets with dedicated bike lanes (1st, 4th 6th) that are also close by.  There are four Capital Bikeshare stations within a 10 minute walk from the park as well. NoMa’s Summer Screen can also be accessed by Metro, with both Union Station and the newly named NoMa-Gallaudet U station.

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Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor MoviesNew Jersey Ave. and Tingey St., SE:  Thursdays through July 26

You’ll find one bright, red Capital Bikeshare station just steps from the plaza and two others that are less than a five minute walk away.  There are several bike lanes adjacent to the plaza, and it can also be accessed from the off-street Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.  The Navy Yard Metro station is also only just a five minute walk from the plaza.

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 Zanna is the Events and Outreach Coordinator for BikeArlington. She thinks bikes and movies go together like lamb and tuna fish...or maybe spaghetti and meatballs.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

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July 10, 2012

Arlington’s Commuter Store® Helping Mobilize Entire DC Region

More than half of first-time visitors to The Commuter Store® make some kind of change in how they get around the DC region. And 75% of The Commuter Store® customers live outside of Arlington County – which operates the four locations and one mobile store – showing that the service is truly benefiting the entire region.

These are among the findings released by Mobility Lab today in the 2012 The Commuter Store® Study. The research was performed by LDA Consulting and the Southeastern Institute of Research and polled nearly 600 respondents from all five stores. 

For the full story and survey, please visit Mobility Lab.

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Wheels Wednesday

Just over a month ago BikeArlington partnered with Long Branch Elementary School to launch a pilot program on bicycle safety and skills called "Wheels Wednesday".  I was lucky enough to have an enthusiastic group of 5th graders who not only shared a passion for biking, but also understood the role biking plays in protecting the environment. 

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There were a total of 4 classes, an hour and a half each, with 2 sessions in class, and 2 sessions on-bike. I learned a few things about the new technology in classrooms (I wish we had a "Smart Board" when I was in school), and in return, they learned a lot about bike safety, bike handling and control, and most importantly, biking in traffic.  I was very impressed by their ability to maneuver their bikes around sharp turns and steady the bike while they scanned and signalled by the end of each class.  I tell you, kids brains are sponges - they are capable of much more than we (or maybe just me) give them credit for.

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It was easy to gauge  their interest levels because they all had a lot to say about their own experiences while biking, and were always eager to get on the bikes.  But I still handed out a simple survey to confirm that they actually enjoyed the course.  Not only did they enjoy it but some of them wished it were longer, and all of them said they would bike more often and feel more confident as a result of the course.

These are the results we were hoping to obtain from this pilot program.  Not all kids understand the positive affect biking has on their health or the environment, but they'll do it because it's fun and (they might not realize it yet) empowering.  Almost all of my students would say very proudly after each class "I'm going to bike home today", which meant they got themselves home on their own, without the help of their parents.  Even if they didn't realize the freedom that biking to school gave them, I could feel the sense of pride they had when they boasted it to me after each class. 

Hopefully more schools in Arlington County will support programs on bicycle safety as either extracurricular activities (like this course was) or as direct material injected into their curricula.  Who knows, you might see a bike class crop up at your kid's school in the near future.

 

 Zanna is the Events and Outreach Coordinator for BikeArlington. She wishes she had biked to school as a kid (it would have been way more fun than taking the bus).  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Vacation at homeYou know it’s summer in the region because it’s HOT and there are fewer people around.  Many locals typically head to the beach or to the mountains to cool off.  However, economic conditions in recent years have led many to forego the long vacation for a shorter version. Others forego leaving town all together and opt to stay put and take a “staycation.”   A “staycation” is a vacation where you “stay” at home and spend your time off enjoying what your own city has to offer.

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Arlington County offers the “staycationer” a plethora of activities to enjoy, from memorials and parks to museums and international dining.  Many places and events can be found on the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service and Arlington County  websites.  Arlington offers a host of opportunities for summer fun, from trails and nature centers to water parks and outdoor movie screenings to concerts.  And for the gourmands, there are numerous al fresco dining options as well as farmers markets

Better yet, if you really want to explore the “hidden gems” of Arlington, then all you need to do is visit WalkArlington’s website and go to the Walkabouts Walk Brochure 12_2010 page.  There you will find over 20 self-guided walking tours highlighting the history, cultural attractions, natural resources, transportation options, and overall character of Arlington’s most walkable neighborhoods.  Click on the Walkabout neighborhoods listed to explore your options, from urban villages to rolling parkland, quaint neighborhoods to city streets.  Print out a map and start your staycation adventure on foot. You’ll soon see why Arlington has become a destination for local staycationers as well as visiting vacationers.

WalkArington.com also offers a calendar of events, so check it out as you research your staycation itinerary.  And don’t forget to review our Summer Walking Tips—after all, heat exhaustion and sunburn can ruin any kind of summer vacation!

WalkArlington_166+130+website WalkArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services within the Department of Environmental Services, gets "more people walking more of the time" by promoting the health, environmental, community-building, and commuting benefits of walking.

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July 09, 2012

Planning Your Bike Trip Around Nation’s Capital is About to Get Even Easier

Do you want to know which bike routes through the city are the most simple, have the best surface, have the fewest hills to climb, and are the safest?

These are among the final touches being added to an online DC bicycle trip planner crowdsourced by a group of bike and open-source data hackers. They met recently in the Arlington, Virginia offices of The Mobility Lab.

Open Plans in an open-source software non-profit organization that built an online trip planner in anticipation of New York City's soon-to-be-launched bikeshare system. Its website allows anyone to drop starting and ending pins on a map in order to find the best route, based on whatever preferences a rider might have (time of day, hilliness, etc.).

For the rest of this article, please go to Mobility Lab.

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