Research: Arlington Needs More Than Paint to Get Residents Riding
For Arlington residents, the blueprint to better riding is clear: Build a network of bike lanes separated from traffic.
Arlington County residents overwhelmingly support biking and prioritizing separated bike lanes, according to a recent survey by Mobility Lab. 89% of respondents said they would like to bike more often, and 62% reported that more separated bikes lanes would help them get there.
The researchers found that different neighbors throughout the county had similar opinions. Residents from North Arlington to the Route One corridor agree that new infrastructure would help them bike more often.
Respondents were asked what type of rider they are, what type of trips they make, how comfortable they feel on different types of bike lanes and trails and what ways the county could encourage them to choose to bike more often.
The survey is part of Arlington County’s outreach process for updating the Bike Element of its 2008 Master Transportation Plan. Over the past decade, North American design standards have evolved in response to federal safety regulations and new guidelines advancing “designing for all ages and abilities” from industry experts, such as NACTO. Conducted in August and September 2017, the survey helped educate and inform residents about the update, while at the same time giving them an opportunity to offer feedback to county officials.
The survey was administered at a series of pop-up events, large community events like the County Fair and Nauck Civic and Community Pride Day and online–promoted by Arlington County and various local stakeholders’ websites, social media and newsletters. More than 1,200 community members took the survey–94 percent of whom reported living in the county. Notably, 56% of respondents had never attended an Arlington County Public meeting.
For more information about the Bike Element Update process, check out the County’s website.
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