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As we approach the end of this year, I wanted to take a moment to express how extraordinarily grateful I am for all of you. Your actions this year have made a big difference in Arlington County. Check out what we have accomplished together this year!

-Chris Slatt
Founder, Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County

Because of YOU, the rebuilt, re-aligned Columbia Pike will have dedicated space for bikes and pedestrians and the Joyce Street intersection will have crosswalks on all legs of the intersection!

Thanks to YOU, the County Board directed staff to develop and plan an interconnected series of protected bikeways for Crystal City including Crystal Drive. We expect to hear more from staff on this over the next few months.

Thanks to YOU, the County implemented new bike lanes - some standard, some buffered and many protected as part of repaving this season - on Wilson Blvd, Clarendon Blvd, Potomac Ave and more!

Thanks to YOU, the Ames Center development will be building the PROTECTED bike lanes on Nash Street that are called for in the Sector Plan!

Thanks to YOU, the Holiday Inn redevelopment will build a FULL BLOCK of two-way bike facility on Ft Meyer Drive as part of Phase 1, not a half block now and a half-block at some amorphous time in the future!

Thanks to YOUR feedback, the County Board included support for legislation that would give the County broader authority to do automated speed enforcement in their legislative package. Automated speed enforcement would help keep people safe and start getting armed police away from doing traffic stops.

Thanks to YOU, the new Mt. Vernon Trail connection at Boundary Channel will be built 12’ wide instead of 10’, will have gentler trail curves that work well for longer wheel base vehicles like tandems and cargo bikes, and VDOT has committed to investigate additional measures to improve safety where the trail crosses highway ramps.

Thanks to YOUR support, this fantastic project is moving forward, and will include additional queuing space for bikes at the Joyce St intersection and speed bumps to slow cars where uncontrolled left turns are allowed for cars across the 2-way protected bike lane near the DoubleTree.

You’ve acted on a number of additional items; while these aren’t true “wins” yet, your action is moving things in the right direction on:

  • making sure low-stress bike infrastructure is a priority in the further redevelopment of Pentagon City.

  • creating a concrete, effective plan for Vision Zero in Arlington

  • making sure the future of Route 1 includes being safe and comfortable to travel along and across for bikes & pedestrians

  • improving bike access to our civic hub in Courthouse by building protected bike lanes as part of the Landmark development

  • ensuring the potential creation of a new linear park in Clarendon honors and respects its importance as an active transportation corridor

  • ensuring that improved trail crossings on the Bluemont Junction trail prioritize the safety, efficiency and comfort of trail users

Want to see even more progress in 2021? Spread the word. The more people who are receiving our newsletters and action alerts, the more effective we can be. Tell your friends, family & neighbors to sign-up for updates here:

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