WABA is currently advocating for more funding for bike and pedestrian projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Click here for more information.
For nearly two decades, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association has been working to extend the Mt Vernon Trail from its current northern terminus near Rosslyn Circle further north toward the American Legion Bridge. To date the George Washington Memorial Parkway(GWMP) division of the National Park Service has remained opposed to putting the trail through sensitive natural areas. However, new plans for the rehabilitation of the Parkway offer an opportunity to construct the trail as part of the roadway reconstruction, but the GWMP has failed to include any provisions for cyclists or pedestrians in their draft environnmental assessment.
WABA urges you to contact GWMP Superintendent David Vela to urge him to include the Mt Vernon Trail extension as part of any rehabilitation of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Proposals to widen I-66 inside the Beltway directly affect an important bicycle corridor. The addition of a third westbound lane could require permanent relocation of significant sections of the Custis Trail and jeopardize the usability of this route connecting Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Construction activity would also force the closure of trail overpasses on I-66. These developments would be highly detrimental to many bicycle commuters and other cyclists who use this route.
Any expansion of I-66 inside the Beltway would also have less direct but equally grave impacts on bicycling conditions in Northern Virginia.
WABA hopes to continue to expand its adult and youth bike education programs in Arlington, and also expand distribution of our Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area Guide. WABA also hopes to work with Northern Virginia jurisdictions on developing a Pocket Guide to VA Bike Laws.
Launched in September 2010, Capital Bikeshare is the largest regional bike sharing program in the United States operating in both Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. WABA wants to see the system expanded to more locations in both jurisdictions and new municipalities to join. Bike sharing provides a vital link to the "last mile" from transit and a fast and quick mode for short trips such as a lunchtime meeting or running to the grocery store.