Ever striving to become more bike-friendly, the Arlington County Division of Transportation is nearing completion on a bike shelter at the Shirlington Transit Station. This shelter will provide parking for 28 bikes in a space that could park only two motor vehicles. The design of the shelter echoes the adjacent Shirlington Transit Station with its arched roof, materials, and color.
Why shelter bikes? Returning to one's bike after a storm and finding a dry seat is an encouragement to bicycling. Conversely, when the day is hot and the sun is pounding down on a dark leather bike seat, the shelter will ensure the seat does not overheat your rump. This type of amenity is a small and relatively inexpensive thing that really makes the cycling experience better.
Construction should be complete tomorrow and the shelter open for use. Once complete, the new shelter will encourage cycling to Shirlington and greater intermodality between bike and bus.
by Paul DeMaio, BikeArlington