Three Options Presented for Restriping to Add Bike Lanes, Sharrows on Glade Drive

by Dave Emke April 28, 2017 at 11:30 am 15 Comments

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has put three possibilities on the table as it looks toward adding bike lanes and sharrows to a 2-mile stretch of Glade Drive during the re-paving process this year.

The options were presented to residents Thursday evening during an open house at Hunters Woods Elementary School. People were able to ask questions of FCDOT staff regarding the plans and were invited to fill out comment forms to rank the options and give additional feedback.

The stretch of Glade Drive in question is a 1.93-mile portion between Glade Bank Way and Twin Branches Road. Alternatives for striping the road, which will take place in conjunction with re-paving efforts by the Virginia Department of Transportation this year, are:

  • Parking and sharrow on north side, bike lane (no parking) on south side
  • Parking and sharrow on north side, bike lane (no parking) on south side except from Old Trail Drive to Quartermaster Lane, in the area of Glade Pool, Walker Nature Center and the Quartermaster Soccer Field (parking remains and sharrows are added on both sides in that section)
  • Parking remains on both sides with sharrows added in each direction — no bike lane is added

Adam Lind, FCDOT’s Bicycle Program manager, said the options were the result of information that was gathered from the community during a November meeting.

“We gathered feedback about how many people were interested in bicycling, walking, parking, driving — whatever their priorities were,” he said. “We did get a lot of feedback from people, on all the streets, that bicycling was high up there.”

Based on that feedback, possibilities for other Reston roads — Colts Neck Road, North Shore Drive and Twin Branches Road — were presented at a separate community meeting in March. However, Lind said, Glade Drive received a proportionally large amount of feedback and “deserved its own priority” through Thursday’s separate presentation.

Local resident Ernie Day said he is an avid bicyclist. However, he said, he believes giving riders more access to roadways is dangerous to both them and drivers.

“I can understand that people want to ride and be safe, but I would suggest to you if you’ve ever lived on Glade — like I have — it’s not going to be safe,” he said. “For the everyday riders, we don’t need to block off traffic permanently. The streets are not easily enlarged.”

Jeff Anderson, president of the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, said he passed five cyclists along the stretch of Glade Drive on his way to Thursday evening’s meeting. He said the option of putting a south-side bike lane on the entirety of the stretch of road would be the best choice for the community.

“Having on-again, off-again bike lanes isn’t always the best thing for cyclists or motorists,” he said. “There’s not a lot of cars parking on the south side on a daily basis. I think it’s a happy medium — you get a bike lane on one side, and you get the sharrows [on the other].”

Lind said all comments received at Thursday’s meeting, as well as during previous meetings, will be analyzed by FCDOT before they decide how to proceed. He said any residents who were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting but who would still like to provide feedback are welcome to email comments to [email protected] through May 11.

  • John Farrell

    Option 4 – status quo?

    • Mike M

      First, do no harm!

      “Sharrow.” Nice.

    • Greg

      Best idea yet.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Jeff Anderson and others commenting that there are not a lot of cars parking along Glade outside of scheduled events is just pain WRONG. Ask actual Glade residents, PLEASE. I would be furious if parking in front of my home was eliminated. It is necessary for residents, service workers and guests.

    Cyclists are important. So are homeowner’s rights. For decades, cycling on Glade has been a non-issue. Why now is our supervisor on a hell-bent quest to fix a problem that does NOT exist? Sharrows, if anything, is the only fair solution.

    BTW, I was at this meeting last night. OMG, the majority of residents were furious that Glade is even in play AGAIN. Adam Lind and Supervisor Hudgins need to accept that Glade tax payers require on-street parking. If their aim is to incite vicious fights between cyclists and non-cyclists, they are doing a bang-up job.

    • Jeff Anderson

      Tammi – Without getting into it and thus engaging the RestonNow trolls I’ll give my observation from having riding that route over the years on a regular basis. The vast majority of cars parked along Glade on the south side are along the condo’s that front to Glade. But not so much along the rest and hardly any from Soapstone to Twin Branches on either side. The north side tends to have more cars along that same stretch and why FCDOT proposed sharrows on that side. I passed one car on north side that was covered in debris, dust and had flat tires…it looked abandoned. The streets are public resources. Remember too that cyclists aren’t looking for fights….they are just riding their bike from work to home. The five I passed were doing just that.

      • Jenny Gibbers

        The cyclists are not looking for fights in situations where they cannot win, and that is on the road. However, I have seen some ugly behaviour on the W&OD involving cyclists: especially the elderly and children are at a high risk, but also nearly everone else. I am in favor of cyclists obtaining and donning license plates if they want to continue using to roads and byways. Problem solved.

        • Scott

          I live, drive, walk, and bike this section of Glade. Cars and bikes are intermittent. Bike Lanes are not needed.

    • Greg

      Jeff Anderson is often wrong when commenting or posting. He insists that all of this is free. Including the cost of the meeting and the flyer I received in today’s mail. All free.

  • The Constitutionalist


    How about cyclists ride like they’re supposed to… in the car lane… like a car… which they are for all legal purposes.

    Jeff Anderson passed 5 cyclists on his way to this meeting and no one died. Amazing.

  • Scott

    This is a solution looking for a problem. Bike Lanes are not needed on Glade. Traffic on Glade is not heavy. biking on Glade is not excessive. The only thing bike Lanes accomplish is reducing parking so that the do-good-niks of local govt can feel good about themselves.
    Hey Leslie Knope, paint some sharrows if that will get you excited b/c you think paint will magically make people bike instead of drive, but get your damn hands off the primary roads in OUR neighborhoods. Bike Lanes that see 5 bikes an hour are NOT needed.

    • Scott

      Also, at the first meeting on Glade Bike Lanes, the FFX reps said there was no plan or thought of removing parking.people noted there was no room for 2 travel Lanes, parking and bike Lanes. The reply was that they could just do sharrows.

      Now, option 1and 2 are removing parking.

  • RoadApples

    My experience as a resident off Glade near Twin Branches since 1982: while indeed there has been an increase of vehicle/bike traffic and incremental more parked vehicle. The blend/cohesion of all three parts has worked successfully and continues to work well as is presently laid out.
    Bottom line: Leave striping as is.

  • TheKingJAK

    The beauty of Reston is that it already possesses a solid pathway system, whereas bike lanes are for overcrowded areas with no such system. I’d rather see the tax payer money spent on maintaining and if necessary improving/expanding the pathways that we already have.

  • Jeff Anderson

    Wow….three mentions. Two from some new found pals. #winning.

    May is National Bike month. Lets not try and injure any cyclists as you post comments on news sites while driving around. 8^)

  • Greg

    And, our “bikeshare” boondoggle program: It’s been SO SUCCESSFUL, that we are already offering a fire sale price at 50% off! NO TAXPAYER COST, of course (in real tax dollars or pollution to the environment) to produce, pay the model, print, mail, and administer the fire-sale mail campaign! Full color, full-gloss paper! None at all, peeps!



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