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Vienna Residents Want More Bike Routes, According To Survey

Bike Advisory Committee will present some findings Thursday to the Board of Architectural Review

Vienna residents are ready for more bike routes in town – now, it's just a matter of putting infrastructure in place to support them, says a survey conducted this summer by the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee.

“We are trying to make the Town of Vienna a more bike-friendly community,” said Cristina Janoski, co-chair of the Vienna BAC. “Ninety-five percent of the people that responded to this survey basically said that it is either important or very important that the Town of Vienna add more bike routes.”

The 12-question survey was distributed online and answered by more than 350 Vienna residents, business owners and employees.

More bike routes would provide more environmentally friendly ways for people to travel in Vienna, Janoski said, and would eliminate some of the traffic backups that seem to plague Maple Avenue regardless of the time of day.

“We in N.W. Vienna by Madison High School have no real good/safe way to get down to the bike path. It would be wonderful to somehow designate paths along Nutley, Lawyers, Orchard and Church/Ayr Hill Streets to facilitate [the] bike path and town,” wrote resident Shani M. “It is really unsafe riding with my 6-year-old son on the road down to the town."

Maple Avenue was the most requested spot for a bike route by residents taking the survey.

The other top five most requested streets were:

  1. Maple Avenue
  2. Church Street
  3. To Tysons Corner
  4. Cottage Street
  5. Lawyers and Tapawingo Roads

In addition to asking about bike routes and signage, the survey asked where bike racks were most needed in town.

“People are saying that if you had more bike racks in town, we’re more apt to run errands [or] go to a restaurant by bike,” Janoski said.

The top five most requested locations for bike racks, according to the survey, were:

  1. Giant
  2. "Shopping Centers and Strip Malls"
  3. "Grocery Stores"
  4. "Other Businesses In Vienna"
  5. Magruders

The BAC will appear before the Vienna Board of Architectural Review on Thursday to ask for an approval of a streamlined process for businesses to obtain bike racks.

The committee is also working on a map of Vienna highlighting more bike routes that could be added.

For some residents, bike routes are not just a matter of convenience or traffic – it's also about safety, they said.

"I bicycled across the country," wrote resident Antoine M in the survey. "Yet the only place I've been hit was by a driver on the bicycle trail crossing a road in Vienna in broad daylight."

Click here to see the complete survey results and comments from respondents. 

You can also see the full PDF of the survey in the media player above.

Mmmmm! August 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM
I'm convinced that you're a liberal who can't wait to redo the world in your own vision, so let's stop cluttering the Patch with this discussion to nowhere.
DFW August 22, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Richard, kudos to you for trying to have an intelligent debate with a right wing nutcase who is part of the problem.
Mmmmm! August 22, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Yep, when you run out of a good case, you resort to name calling. Pay for your own toys.
DFW August 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM
RAMC, I'm convinced that you are a troll paid by the oil industry. And yes, I am a liberal. Thanks for motivating me to get more involved!
Mmmmm! August 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM
You are absolutely wrong. I have worked in the renewables industry for my entire career. I have tried to make a small difference in this Counry's energy efficiency and future. I am as far froma right wing nutcase as you crudely stated as one could be. It's just that when you run into people who are so right about everything you cannot let it go without a challenge. The notion that one can compare bike paths to roads is utter nonsense. I ride a bike too for excercise and recreation, but I am not so righteous about it that I would compare roads to bike paths. The roads in our Country are the backbone of the economy. The roads carry our goods and provide our services. Bike paths are nice, but they do not make the economy what it is. For example, the groceries shipped to Giant and Safeway do not get there on a bike path. Without the roads in this Country, we would have no chance to compete with the rest of the world. I'm not saying that we did everything right with the road system, but this discussion has degenerated into a nonsensical comparison of two completely different entities - roads and bike paths. The next time you or your families load your vehicle with the weekly groceries, think about how that was made posiible, It certainly didn't happen because of a bike path.

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