Continuing on last week’s yearend report and our post earlier this week, we’re back one last time to talk about the Evaluation and Enforcement components of what Arlington County’s bike team has been up to this year:
●Installed automated bike counters on multi use trails:
Permanent, automated bike and pedestrian counters have been operating on the Custis and the Four Mile Run trails for more than a year. These counters run 24 hours a day and use infrared and in-ground sensors to collect data on trail usage. Many of the counters are intelligent enough to be able to distinguish between a walker/runner and a cyclist. This provides a huge amount of data on the volume, behavior and timing of people using Arlington County trails.
In 2011, even more automated bike and pedestrian counter devices countywide. These will be added at more trail locations and also on street locations throughout the county. This will provide even more data on bike use in Arlington County that will be useful for future planning and operations strategies.
●Volunteer bike counts for the National Bike/Pedestrian Documentation Project:
Every year in September volunteers from the cycling community take part in county wide manual bike and pedestrian counts. This data collection ultimately provides important information for use by governments and bicycle and pedestrian planners on a nationwide level.
Results from the manual and automatic counts will be released in a comprehensive report on BikeArlington.com in 2011.
● Streetsmart regional campaign kickoff in Arlington:
Arlington hosted the fall 2010 Streetsmart campaign kickoff which took place in at the intersection of North Lynn and Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn on November 9th. This is an ongoing regional program organized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to promote and educate on bike, pedestrian, and motorist safety and interaction. The focus for the fall campaign was on conflicts among separate modes of transportation while turning in high pedestrian areas. Enforcement activities began on Monday the 8th with warnings issued to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Tickets were issued during morning rush hour on Tuesday the 9th. Coverage of the event was picked up by local TV channels and garnered many print and online stories as well.
BikeArlington would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped make 2010 such a productive “Year of the Bicycle.” Creating a bicycle friendly community and nurturing bike culture is a collaborative effort, with a great commitment from many different divisions of Arlington County staff including the Arlington County Board, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning team, the Transportation Engineering & Operations team and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources team.
Additionally we’d like to thank all our urban village’s organizations, including the Crystal City, Rosslyn and Ballston BIDS, as well as the Clarendon Alliance and the FAST team in Potomac Yard for all of their help and support.
Lastly, we’d like to thank the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee which has been a wonderful resource as well as all of the local bicycle shops and bicycle friendly businesses in Arlington. Here’s to another great year coming in 2011. See you out there on the trails and bike lanes!
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.