The Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program
Back in December, we told you about the Metrorail Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Improvements Study, which recommended ways for enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access in and around Metrorail stations. Since then, Metro has been developing a capital program aimed at implementing some of these recommendations. Here is an update on our progress and some discussion on what’s next:
In February, Metro’s Board of Directors adopted a goal to increase bike mode share from 0.7% to 2.1% by 2020 and 3.5% by 2030. Around the same time, we made improvements to the bicycle section on Metro’s website. This spring, we surveyed use and capacity of bike racks at Metrorail stations and conducted an inventory of unmet bike and pedestrian needs at Metrorail stations.
In addition, we have completed a number of improvements at stations, including the following:
- Replacing old, underperforming bike racks to increase parking capacity. We have replaced the last 300 old-style racks remaining in the system.
- Providing new access points for bikes and pedestrians
- Providing sidewalks to improve customer safety
Here are some before and after photos:
MEDICAL CENTER BEFORE AND AFTER, REPLACING OLD RACKS
VIENNA STATION BEFORE AND AFTER, NEW ACCESS POINT
FRANCONIA – SPRINGFIELD BEFORE AND AFTER, NEW SIDEWALK TO IMPROVE SAFETY
We’ll continue to replace old bike racks to a maintain state-of-good-repair of bike facilities. As discussed, we are designing and will construct a secure bicycle parking facility at the College Park station. We hope to use this design as a template to build more. Also, we are going to tabulate the results from the station inventory, then prioritize needs to create a Master Plan of bike and pedestrian improvements at Metrorail Stations including:
- Pedestrian sidewalks, paths, and signage, bike lanes and sharrows
- Intersection/ pedestrian crossing improvements
- Secure and covered bicycle parking
- Expanded bicycle parking, including racks and high performance bike storage facilities
- Lighting and security improvements
As we develop the list of needs, we’ll come to you with another post. In the meantime, did you know that you can use Google Maps to plot your route to your station or bus stop? Click on the bike icon under the “get directions” tab on the left hand side of the page.