Every Street Designed for Safety
While growing up in the suburbs of Florida I was surrounded by cars and highways. Before I could afford my own vehicle, I used my trusty bicycle to get to work, the shopping mall, and friends’ houses. Bike lanes – even the basic painted ones – were unknown. I rode on sidewalks when available, but often had to carefully squeeze along the curb of busy roads – my grip tight from anxiety as cars whipped by at 60 miles per hour. It’s no surprise that fatal car collisions were a regular part of the evening news.
Safety of our streets is especially important around our schools, hospitals, and recreation centers. Well-designed streets protect drivers and their passengers just as much as cyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. Creating a complete network of frequent bus routes, low–stress bike lanes, and a functional Metro is needed for a truly safe community.
Arlington is clearly better than where I grew up, but there are too many glaring failures to ignore. We have numerous dangerous intersections where injuries and fatalities regularly occur. Our build-out of protected bike paths is far behind DC’s progress, our buses are consistently unreliable, and of course Metro is still a “dumpster fire”. Our leadership needs to do better.
“To finally eliminate injuries and fatalities we must design every street and transit system so taking the bus, metro, biking, and walking are the obvious safer options for everyone – especially our children, elderly, and people with disabilities.”
The Missing Middle proposal has set off a firestorm of controversy but what I want to focus on right now is whether Missing Middle housing will result in the loss of our precious tree canopy.
Let’s undo some the damage done by foolishly forcing small streams and creeks into underground conduits. Let’s “re-naturize” Arlington’s small neighborhood waterways.
Most golf courses lose money for governments. That is very true if the course is owned by the government as a public amenity, but also because it’s notoriously difficult to tax golf courses at market rate value because of lobbying by well-connected customers of those golf courses.
February’s general County Board meeting was an active one with over 100 public comments and the vote on the long-planned Pentagon City Sector Plan update. This revision to the neighborhood-wide framework will result in greater density, walkability, and hopefully expanded green space in the neighborhood immediately around the Metro station on the Blue and Yellow […]
With hundreds of Committed Affordable Units gained through the proposed Marbella affordable housing redevelopment, I’m particularly excited about 125 of those units being for senior residents.