Where are the bike lanes?

Not including bike lanes is a serious flaw in the design of an “improved” Downtown Crozet.

“Where are the bike lanes?” asked one man. There are none planned, answered the consultant.

“Would people have to bike on the sidewalk?” Experienced bikers often ride on the street, explained the consultant. The man didn’t seem satisfied.

As well he shouldn’t have.
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For a local government with such a great recent track record of embracing green initiatives and active lifestyles, this is a shame.

Whom should we contact at the County to express a desire for bike lanes?

Thanks to C-Ville.

Also, per David Wyant: “We want a walkable, bikable community.” – 1:01 of the White Hall Forum.

Update: Here is some of the relevant Code regarding riding bikes on sidewalks.

Update 2
: From Jack Kelsey,

Thank you for your inquiry and the web-links.  In response to your September 25th email, we recognize that this street corridor is really constrained with some existing features that are very important to Crozet residents.  Our primary challenge during the design process is going to be achieving a balance of the improvements to: accommodate the needs of all users (vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and future transit); aesthetically enhance this main thoroughfare of the Downtown; preserve existing unique features and characteristics of Crozet Avenue and Crozet; increase vitality and economic benefit to downtown business owners; and try to provide environmentally sensitive solutions to stormwater management within this constrained corridor.

At this point we have not made any absolute decisions as to design elements, but as a starting point we are using the Crozet Master Plan, Historic Crozet Streetscape Enhancement Project grant application, and the County Sidewalk and Bicycle Facilities plans as our guidance.  That said, bicycle lanes are being provided on Jarmans Gap Road and the new Main Street. In the event that the constraints do not allow for the provision of bikes lanes, we will plan for an alternate means to provide bicycle access and interconnection.   

Through our design and public involvement process we will be welcoming the residents’ input as we work together to achieve the needed balance and help those involved and impacted by this project to find some benefit.

Sincerely,

Jack M. Kelsey, PE
Transportation Engineer
Department of Facilities Development

Update 3: From an unsolicited email from Ann Mallek:

In the UNJAM 2025 long range transportation plan which I have worked on since 2000, the focus is on multimodal, or all forms, of transportation infrastructure. For the first time more than ten percent of the federal funds are to be used in transit improvements.

The stipulation was made that all new roads in subdivisions should be wide enough and properly striped for bike lanes, and that as existing roadways were improved, they were to be brought into conformance by adding striping where width allowed and adding paved shoulder or separate paths where needed.

As the supervising authority over VDOT’s road projects, it is up to the Board of Supervisors to make sure about those details, as projects are approved and also as the projects are built out. While visiting in the neighborhoods recently, I have learned about poor follow up on project implementation. In one area a house has been constructed on top of a filled in storm water detention pond lot and the water has all been diverted into a pipe and dumped into the field across the street, where it impacts that owner’s basement.

Details are important, from the planning aspect or the follow through. We cannot look away once a decision is made. The community is counting on enforcement of all provisions of permits.

Ann Mallek
Candidate for Supervisor, White Hall district

Regarding Ann’s email – it’s reassuring that one of the candidates for this year’s election is reading and contributing to the discussion. Thank you.

Regarding the sidewalks, it appears that if there’s room, they’ll put in the bike lanes. What we seem to have here is an instance of the County being between a rock and a hard place. People want the bike lanes, but they also want the front porches saved. Read about the petitions to save the Barbershop’s front porch here, Cocina del Sol’s porch here and September’s Crozet Gazette (PDF).  There’s always more to the story, and I am grateful to those who have chosen to contribute to the conversation. Would it be fair and accurate to say that we might have to choose between bike lanes and front porches?

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One Reply to “Where are the bike lanes?”

  1. Bike lanes really don’t seem like an unreasonable request.

    Further, You’re getting an overhaul of the community due to an unwanted population explosion which will make developers rich. Now is the time to get out your wish list and start demanding!

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