Friday, April 27, 2007

Another Tysons tour article

The Times Community papers published an article on the recenty Tysons bicycle tour, A cyclist's view of Tysons. It includes a good quote from John Brunow about the importance of riding on the road vs. on a sidepath: “When you are on the road, you are seen as vehicular traffic, that's better than switching back and forth [between on-road and off-road],” Brunow said.

We were quoted as saying that “In rush hour, there's no way to get across Route 7, by bike or foot.” I don't think that's quite what I said. It's not that difficult to cross Route 7 by bike during rush hour if one rides in the road and waits for the traffic signal to change on a cross street. It's a different story for pedestrians. At the intersection where I made the comment there are no crosswalks nor pedestrian lights. Pedestrians usually run across even when there is a green light for the cross traffic.

The article sums up our main point, that “most destinations in Tysons are a five- to 10-minute bike ride from one of the four planned Metrorail stations.“, and that even though we need to plan for better bicycle access in the future, it is feasible now to ride in Tysons.

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