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Allen Muchnick
Manassas VA
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Keep in mind that this data is about 14 years old, and the motor-vehicle speeds that individual bicyclists are exposed to is one of the largest factors in bicycling fatality rates. Also, intoxicated bicycling and bicycling without lights after dark are significant causes of bicycling deaths. The behavior of individual bicyclists has a profound influence on their safety.
The danger of this intersection became evident 27 years ago in 1988, when the NPS extended the Mt Vernon Trail north of Memorial Drive to Rosslyn Circle. Arlington bicyclists have complained about this intersection for decades, and a "comprehensive" Rosslyn Circle Crossing Study was funded ca. 2000 with a $1 federal (TCSP) grant. This Crossing Study recommended both "short-term" at-grade crossing improvements as well as a trail underpass of Lynn St. The fact that many of the "short-term" recommendations, which were supposedly fully funded ca. 2000, have still not been built indicates that even "short-term" bikeway improvements in Arlington often take more than a decade to implement.
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Jul 14, 2015