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Local Police Launch Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Campaign in Reston

by Fatimah Waseem June 6, 2018 at 10:15 am 13 Comments

Following the death of a 71-year-pedestrian who was hit by a car in May, local police have launched a pedestrian and bicyclist public safety campaign in Reston.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District station will display information signs at busy intersections and step up enforcement of violations. The campaign began on Monday (June 4) and will continue through the end of the summer.

Changes in traffic patterns and an increase in pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents motivated the police department to launch the campaign, according to Sgt. Aaron Pfeiff.

Historically the Reston district has seen an increase in pedestrian versus motor vehicle accidents, and with the WOD bike trail running through the district, there are larger numbers of bicyclists,” Pfeiff told Reston Now.

Police will have an increased presence at “problem intersections” and intersections with heavy traffic from vehicles and pedestrians. Pfeiff said the department will also monitor the number of accidents at problem intersections. The police department was not immediately able to identify intersections that will be the top priority.

On May 21, Glanetta Nunn was crossing at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way when she was hit by a car and killed. The incident remains under investigation.

Photo via FCPD

  • Boycott reston

    Reston is not a bike friendly community, nor a car friendly community. Not sure what Police at intersections are going to do besides back up more traffic.

    They could widen the roads and optimize light timing, but obviously Metro is a far better investment.

    • 30yearsinreston

      obviously Hudgins doesn’t support developers contributing to traffic improvements

      Bike lanes that further restrict traffic wont fix the issues that rampant development brings

    • Greg

      VDOT has been “working” on light timing at those intersections for decades. It must be harder to do than send people to the moon, because the lights are never timed well.

      The expensive optical systems that were installed on Leesburg pike failed in all but halcyon weather conditions.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/library/vdot/vdot14.htm

  • INWDC

    While this is a good effort, what really needs to happen (and what should have happened when all this stuff was being built) is to research/invest in safe & proper multimodal traffic infrastructure. But developers won’t do this sort of thing without local officials putting these requirements in place, so ultimately it’s local officials not doing their job.

    • Greg

      Been there; done that. Maybe neither safe nor proper, but done.

      https://www.google.com/search?biw=1510&bih=714&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=aEIYW876A8zCzgLnvbXoAQ&q=pedestrian+tunnel+under+reston+parkway&oq=pedestrian+tunnel+under+reston+parkway&gs_l=img.3…3313.4988.0.5293.11.11.0.0.0.0.93.638.11.11.0….0…1c.1.64.img..0.0.0….0.mN38GLL9UDA#imgrc=QrBFzyoKL7sDzM:

    • Greg

      That particular, very broad, intersection with a history of pedestrians accidents / deaths needs much more and brighter lighting (another thing Hudgins does not support) as well as full-stop pedestrian crossing privileges. AKA a “scramble” intersection where all traffic stops, no right on red, until pedestrians pass.

      Hudgins has accommodated the cyclists, but ignored pedestrians. More blood on her hands?

      The county has spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on obviously useless “stop for pedestrians” signs that clutter the landscape and further distract drivers.

      The cops will show up a few times for a few hours for a few weeks or months and then move on — does anyone think that will make a difference?

      • 30yearsinreston

        Hudgins is a disaster
        She should be recalled

        • Stop

          Unless you’re going to do anything besides continually complain on this site stop talking about Hudgins every single post you make. We get it.

  • Why do you bother?

    Yeah, that’ll work…

    • Greg

      Too little, too late.

      Also, how many near misses or accidents (or hit pedestrians) will be caused by distracted drivers reading the information signs or rubberneckers at enforcement locations?

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