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Restriping of South Lakes Drive Ignites Concerns, Fury

by RestonNow.com August 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm 164 Comments

New bike lanes along South Lakes Drive between Twin Branches and Ridge Heights and between Soapstone Drive and Colts Neck Road have ignited fury and concerns from area residents.

The area which has been re-striped is near South Lakes High School, prompting school officials to encourage commuters to exercise caution when traveling in the area, especially as county schools opened Tuesday. Signs and markings were installed on Monday.

Reston residents said the new lane configuration has resulted in confusion, especially during school hours. The lloss of one travel lane has caused significant backups, residents told Reston Now.

As the density and overall population increases in Reston with residences and businesses our infrastructure for handling traffic at peak times shouldn’t be truncated by this so-called road ‘diet,'” said Joann Miller, a Reston resident. Miller suggested maintaining two existing traffic lanes in each direction and adding a dedicated bike lane in each direction, adding that she was in support of bike lanes so long as they were responsibly designed.

Confused by the new pattern, some commuters have traveled in the narrow right lane on the road. Others are avoiding the area altogether, when possible.

“I told my kids to take Soapstone [Drive] to get to the school now in order to avoid the confusion that these new lanes marketing are going to cause,” said Kathy Brown, a Reston resident.

Others in favor of the bike lanes said state’s communication about re-striping was limited and poorly executed as school begins.

“I have already noticed delays in turning left onto South Lakes Drive from my home next to South Lakes Village Center. With two lanes of traffic, it is easier to exit and turn left because half of the traffic is in the right lane. By taking away a lane, turning left will take longer because any traffic coming in the same direction will have to pass first,” wrote Pat Maloney, a Reston resident.

On Ridge Heights Road, state and local officials proposed redesigning the road between Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive due to concerns about speeding, limiting sight distance for cars turning onto Sunrise Valley Drive, and pedestrian access. According to the county, no convenient east-west bike route existed in the corridor.

Re-striping on South Lakes Drive involved converting the outside travel lane into a buffered bike lane, an alternative that county officials believe is an “effective safety improvement for people that are driving, biking and walking.” State and local officials have extended bike lanes on South Lakes Drive between Reston Parkway and Sanibel Drive. On-street parking on both sides of the roadway will remain without impacting capacity on the road.

Current roadway changes went into effect after community meetings earlier this year. Officials hailed the final alternative as a “compromise solution” that would create a safe east-west bike route and address road safety concerns. In a statement, a spokesperson for the county’s transportation department said the county does not expect the new roadway procedures will generate additional traffic, despite development in Reston.

But, in neighborhood groups and online platforms, residents say they want a do-over: returning the lanes to the original four-lane configuration. 

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  • jak304957

    The lanes seemed confusing to me at first when there were just random stripes, but they painted a few more markings and the lanes were pretty clear when I went by there again last week (at least heading eastbound on South Lakes).

  • Arielle in NoVA

    The striping is idiotic and annoying. There are few bikers in the road other than the groups of folks who don’t stop at stop signs or follow other road rules anyway >:( Better would have been a wide asphalt path along the entire length of South Lakes, on both sides of the road wherever there aren’t sidewalks.

    • obxers

      While the lane changes may well be misguided and annoying, your comment, “… other than the groups of folks who don’t stop at stop signs or follow other road rules anyway >:( ” only signals you out as a road warrior against all cyclists, who have every right to use the roads as you do, and discounts your statement.

      • capsandogs

        I think their point was why devote 50% of the road to like 1% of the population.

        • Stormy_Fireriver

          Why has the government been making changes for all the people that make up .0005% of the population?

          • capsandogs

            That’s a very good question, and I agree it isn’t fair there either .. but that isn’t relevant to the topic at hand really!

      • Why do you bother?

        It does no such thing. Cyclists have the right to use the road LEGALLY, just as cars do. Cyclists who don’t follow the road LAWS are a danger to all. In no way does pointing that out make Arielle a “road warrior,” nor does it in any way discount her statement.

        • Arielle in NoVA

          Thank you for explaining that better than I apparently did. I was pointing out that bikers who are in the road and who are not stopping for stop signs – and I see this on a regular basis, particularly by the large groups who go around at rush hour – are a danger to other traffic and would be better off on paths. Also, paths would be beneficial to joggers, folks with strollers/wheelchairs, and dog-walkers; these people shouldn’t be in the street in bike lanes.

          • obxers

            And my point is made again — you very clearly believe that all or most cyclists are a danger and are very clearly, expressly, advocating for getting cyclists off the road. Where there are entitled to be. (And, yes, where they and drivers should all obey the law.)

          • Why do you bother?

            What you have here is a failure to correctly interpret.

          • Why do you bother?

            That has been my experience as well. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cyclist obey traffic signage – It would be so noteworthy that I’d have remembered.

        • obxers

          Yes, cyclists who don’t follow road laws certainly are often a danger to many around them, but she was eager to call just about all cyclists on those roads lawbreakers. My point stands… she doesn’t like cyclists and has made that abundantly clear with the content and tone of her comment.

      • SmartGrowth

        I respectfully disagree with your assessment of Arielle’s comment.
        I Cannot speak for South Lakes but the intersection at Glade and Colts Neck some cyclists slow down and then go right through or make free rights on red. No different than others who comment on “all-to-frequent speed-demon” – another subset of people who do not follow the rules.

        BTW, I support the bike lanes as I think it give boundaries to both cyclists and drivers. I just don’t drive on South Lakes at times when I have seen any issues, but that does not mean they do not exist or the implementation was smart or not so smart.

    • AS

      I totally agree! I live right of Southlakes and I travel or go for walks on Southlakes Dr. and very seldom I see bikers on the road. I see more children riding their bikes on the sidewalks. It’s unbelievable that the county would make such dramatic changes just to accommodate a few cyclists vs. thousands of cars.

  • The Original Drive By Critic

    No doubt the new lane striping is confusing to many drivers, including moi. This does not seem like a well thought out compromise as advertised. The number of cyclists on South Lakes Drive so far is absolutely minimal, and the single vehicle lane in each direction does create a slow down and congestion ( perhaps that was the sole idea to begin with).

    • Alistair Hastings

      You are correct – road diets are as much about traffic calming (and safety) as they are about adding bike lanes.

      • Stormy_Fireriver

        We get it. You love the “diet”.

  • MakeRestonBetter

    I would note that closest to the high school, nothing changed. So the additional traffic issues are because too many people are driving to South Lakes. That includes students and parents. The traffic back ups are due to the number of cars trying to squeeze into the SL parking lots and drop off areas in the 15 minutes before school starts. It is always jarring when the traffic connected with the school changes abruptly when it starts in the fall.

    • Rational Reston

      Sadly, facts won’t stop the hysterics.

      • Reston Realist

        Who needs facts when it’s more gratifying to be irritated

        • 30yearsinreston

          Who needs facts when they dont support your polemics

    • 30yearsinreston

      Oh yeah, blame the road users
      Hint: more students are being enrolled and the school is projected to grow

      • Why do you bother?

        The “No More Roads!” mentality in this area is mindboggling.

        • Alistair Hastings

          Except that roads always fill to capacity. The solution truly is not more roads. It’s better multi-modal transit options and walkable communities. But, we (collectively) are too cheap and short-sighted to commit to that level of change.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induced_demand

          https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2015/11/californias-dot-admits-that-more-roads-mean-more-traffic/415245/

          https://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/06/21/the-science-is-clear-more-highways-equals-more-traffic-why-are-dots-still-ignoring-it/

          https://www.wired.com/2014/06/wuwt-traffic-induced-demand/

          • Why do you bother?

            Why am I not surprised that you don’t get this?

            Not everyone works at metro-accessible locations. A metro system that is so FUBAR as to not being able to keep up full service, and doesn’t provide any cross-lines to avoid having to schlep all the way to Metro Center to pick up a Red line train, necessitating a 90-minute commute instead of a 30 minute one, is obviously not the answer.

            Especially in this area, where most commutes are at least a half-hour, walking is not a viable option.

            Not everyone is physically able to walk or bike.

            When there is a deficit of alternate routes, you end up gridlocked. Which is where we are now.

          • Alistair Hastings

            No, I absolutely get it. And I’ve also read enough to be fairly confident that increasing road capacity will not solve our traffic problems. Read the links I provided. Study after study appear to confirm that, over the long term, induced demand is a real thing when it comes to road capacity. We need to start looking for other solutions.

          • Alistair Hastings

            Addressing your complaints about Metro – I agree! WMATA is a mess. But, the solution is to reform WMATA (get all the deferred maintenance done, add cross-lines, add express trains), not pave every square inch of suburbia. But, as I said above, that takes long term planning and fiscal discipline, something that we (collectively) have shown zero interest in.

    • Why do you bother?

      That logjam continues for the entire school year, making it very difficult for those of us who live next to the school to get out of our neighborhoods.

      Saying that too many people drive to South Lakes is a non-sequitur. Yes, that is most of the source of the logjam, but it is not going to change.

      • Alistair Hastings

        Yes, but that logjam has NOTHING to do with the recent changes. The lanes in front of SLHS are the same as they’ve been for many years.

  • South Reston Cyclist

    As a cyclist who lives and rides in the South Lakes region, I never felt I had trouble on my bike with 2 lanes each way. Traffic is not too heavy, and there was very little bike traffic, except during the large weekly group rides.
    As a commuter by car, there were plenty of times where I had to wait for a bus to load, but could pass in the second lane once that was done, helping traffic to move along. I don’t understand this decision to re-stripe at all.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Ask Hudgins
      Its part if her plan to turn Reston into a gridlocked urban slum

      • South Reston Cyclist

        I appreciate the commiseration, but some policy/news references would do me better than hyperbole 😉

        • Bobby Love

          There were all kinds of community meetings and attempts at more reasonable growth last fall and years prior by die-hard Restonians. Last Fall Hudgins came, canceled her first appearance very quickly because too many people showed up, then came for the rescheduled meeting and ignored everyone’s pleas there. Gave no quarter. It was pretty demoralizing honestly. I can’t wait for her to be gone from her position

          • Pat

            Vote them out!

    • johnson

      I agree. I am a rider and have never felt an issue on S. Lakes Dr.

    • Del Mueller

      It appears it wasn’t done for the cyclists. It is a measure to reduce speeding on the road. Why doesn’t the FCPD enforce the speed limit? I guess they are too busy with other activities. As development around these roads grows, that extra lane will be needed.

      • Pat

        Vote them all out!

    • Christopher Biow

      Bike lanes are generally not for the benefit of actual, serious cyclists. They may help calm traffic and do a number of other things. A cyclist will mostly prefer having a wide right lane with no particular striping.

  • 30yearsinreston

    AnotherHudgins failure
    Turning lanes into bike paths is her response to increasing traffic as a result of her policies
    Do Over ? We want a do over of Hudgins as our representative

    You think this is bad ?
    Take a spin down North Shore Drive some time and see Restons future today

    • Richard

      I don’t understand. North Shore is vastly improved by the new repaving and restriping. Cars have a place to park, there are helpful bike lanes, and it was never four lanes to begin with. What’s the problem?

      • Bobby Love

        The apartment buildings lining the roads on NSD is not particularly appealing. But that is what comes with insanely increasing allowable population density

        • Richard

          Have any of them changed yet? We will have more density which I’m not thrilled about, but will the new buildings be less appealing?

          • 30yearsinreston

            Dont change the subject

      • Conservative Senior

        There was always plenty of parking for cars & commercial vehicles. Now the lanes are so narrow accidents will happen! Bike riders still do not pay attention to the rules.

        • Why do you bother?

          There has already been an accident. Yesterday a car travelling through clipped a car turning in a too-short lane.

      • 30yearsinreston

        The problem is that the road has been narrowed so that traffic does not flow
        Go by the Temporary Road corner in rush hour and see

      • Why do you bother?

        The problem is that SLD is not NSD and that the “solution” solves a problem that doesn’t exist on SLD.

        • Del Mueller

          Exactly, there was NO problem on SL Drive. Cyclists used the road and people gave them space. No need to designate a full lane for the imaginary cyclists.

    • Why do you bother?

      “Turning lanes into bike paths is her response to increasing traffic as a result of her policies’

      It’s not even that – there was no problem to solve.

      • Pat

        Vote them out!

    • Pat

      Vote her out!

  • Richard

    I was stuck behind a pokey driver last week after the lanes were re-done. It was infuriating, but I don’t blame the lanes. I blame the stupid driver. I don’t know how anybody could be confused by the new striping. It’s as clear as can be. It’s also making this route much safer, not just for bicyclists, but also for automobiles. Yes, it slows traffic, but that’s kind of the point. People otherwise go side-by-side, often much too fast for the residential area and school zone.

    • Why do you bother?

      Before this ridiculous re-stripe, you could have easily and safely gotten around that annoying driver.

  • Greg

    “In a statement, a spokesperson for the county’s transportation department said the county does not expect the new roadway procedures will generate additional traffic, despite development in Reston.”

    No wonder we have traffic problems with idiotic statements like this.

    Also, “loss,” not “lloss” and “that,” not “which.”

    • Alistair Hastings

      There isn’t any development ON South Lakes. And outside of 10-15 minutes on either side of the SLHS starting bell, traffic flows just fine so far. We live on South Lakes and traffic is moving just fine.

      • Greg

        You missed it. Bigly.

        • Alistair Hastings

          Missed what?Southlakes doesn’t have any new construction, there is no need for additional capacity on the road. Make the road smaller and let any new traffic use the toll road

          • johnson

            Use the toll road? BRILLIANT there Alistair. More and more people are looking to avoid tolls since the tolls keep going up and up.

          • Why do you bother?

            Have you already been hit by a car?

          • Alistair Hastings

            No. Why?

          • Why do you bother?

            There is something wrong with your thinking.

          • Tom

            South Lakes doesn’t but surrounding areas certainly do. What about all those new apartment buildings on Sunrise Valley Drive next to Popeyes? Traffic in that area during rush hour is already bad as it is.

          • Alistair Hastings

            Totally agree – the traffic near Reston Parkway and Sunrise is awful. My office is on that corner. It takes as long to get out of the parking lot as it does to walk most of the ay home. But, I’d prefer to put that traffic on major commercial thoroughfares like Sunrise, Sunset, and the toll road instead of South Lakes.

          • Stormy_Fireriver

            Alistair doesn’t give a crap.

      • Del Mueller

        Why eliminate a lane for vehicles?

        • Alistair Hastings

          Because it isn’t needed. I’m walking along South Lakes right now and traffic is fine. One less lane tends to prevent speeding (which was a problem in the area), is safer for pedestrians crossing, and provides space for a bike lane.

      • Why do you bother?

        Those minutes coincide with most people leaving for work, which is a HUGE problem.

        • Alistair Hastings

          And it was a problem before the changes. And in front of SLHS, the lanes DID NOT CHANGE! So, I’m not sure what the problem is?

          • Stormy_Fireriver

            You just don’t get it so why bother? One lane to two lanes to one lane and back again. It’s confusing, annoying, congested during drop-off, gd dangerous.

  • PondViewer

    Let’s keep track of how many accidents occur. Have seen many close call already. FFX BOS have lost it!

  • drebt

    I wish we had just one politician who would make a campaign promise to clean up the mess at VDOT, and then do it. They take bribes to award contracts, they draw lines on the road with no explanations of their meaning, they don’t synchronize the traffic lights, and no one is responsible for any of it. Its classic corruption at its worst and there can only be one reason why no one does anything about this travesty, fear of reprisal.

    • Richard

      Yes, or you can pay attention to the civic process, go to public meetings, and otherwise be involved with the process. None of this is coming out of the blue. Those of us who pay attention have known about this for many months.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Part of the civic process is waking up Plum from his slumber

        • Pat

          Voting him out will do that!

      • Why do you bother?

        That sounds great, until you realize that the PTB pay absolutely no attention to meeting attendees.

      • AS

        Don’t be so ignorant,the decision makers do what every they wish! Yes, many of us who live on Southlakes were aware of this stupidity and we attended meetings and I wrote extensive letter explaining why this was a terrible idea! But none of our feedback was taken into account as the county does what ever they wish. Why do they even bother to have these so called public hearings where they could care less for public’s input. It’s just a formality and they pretend they listen. Why waste everyone’s time when they do what ever they want to do. My daughter goes to Southlakes and the traffic was bad prior to these new lanes and anyone who lives here knows that. That’s the problem when some random politicians make these random decisions about local areas

        without the local’s input. So please, spare me, and don’t tell me there were public meetings! You said you paid attention, so what!

        • Alistair Hastings

          I wrote in favor of extending the road diet the full length of South Lakes – I assume our letters cancelled each other out. Nobody wins!

          • Why do you bother?

            If there was only one lane each way at SLHS no one who lives adjacent to the school would be able to leave their homes during school drop-off and pickup times.

          • Alistair Hastings

            Yup, VDOT wanted to reduce the width of the median near SLHS to add a turn lane, which would allow the road diet the full length of South Lakes. But, they didn’t want to spend the money, so we got the patchwork diet instead.

          • Arielle in NoVA

            “patchwork diet” LOL 🙂

          • Arielle in NoVA

            And folks commuting through that bottleneck would have to wait a looong time.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Plum is too busy lecturing us and fighting Confederate statues to fix the problems

    • Pat

      Went to the meetings. Fairfax County is Primary. VDOT is Secondary. Vote them all out! Please.

  • Adam

    This is a great improvement for a road that has never carried enough traffic to warrant 4 lanes. It is now safer for cars, pedestrians, and bikes. Two thumbs up.

    • Alistair Hastings

      Agreed. I only wish VDOT continued the Lane diet all the ay through. The only confusing part is going from 1 lane to 2 (at SLHS) and back to 1 again.

      • Run them all over

        I’m glad my tax dollars paid for your private road.

        • Alistair Hastings

          Huh? I barely use it. I walk to work. Bet keep on whining if that’s what makes you happy.

          • Why do you bother?

            Then perhaps you have no valid perspective on it?

          • Alistair Hastings

            That’s a horseshit comment. I live on South Lakes. I cross it on foot regularly. I shop at SLVC. My friends have kids at SLHS. That I choose to minimize my driving has no bearing on whether or not I am allowed to hold an opinion on traffic right out my front door.

          • Why do you bother?

            Do you talk to your wife with that mouth?

          • Alistair Hastings

            No, but then she’d never tell me I’m not allowed to hold an opinion on road safety and traffic, which you just did.

          • capsandogs

            You can have an opinion on road safety as a non-driver, but it means your opinion shouldn’t really be listened to.

          • Alistair Hastings

            Where did I claim I was a non-driver? Go take some remedial reading classes and get back to me.

          • capsandogs

            Fair comment. Still your opinion is on the minimally valuable side of the scale.

          • Why do you bother?

            No one told you that you’re allowed to have an opinion. What I said was that since you don’t drive on SLD, you don’t have much frame of reference for a driver’s experience on that road, making your opinion uninformed and not terribly valuable.

          • Alistair Hastings

            But I do drive on South Lakes. I never said otherwise. That’s the only way out of my driveway. I just walk to work most days because driving a mile is silly.

          • Greg

            Really?

            Is Alistar Hastings a bicyclists? With an agenda?

            https://www.road-results.com/?n=racers&sn=r&rID=18079&months=48

          • Alistair Hastings

            Sure, but my agenda isn’t what you think it is. I don’t give two shits about the bicycle lane. I do care about the excessive speeding on South Lakes, pedestrian safety, and road noise. If a road diet helps with any of those, I’m all for it. The bike lane is just icing on the cake.

          • Greg

            Your boorish language and behavior give support to those who you disparage.

            Reading my mind…really?

          • Alistair Hastings

            Sorry bro, you’re the one playing at mind reading. Dropping a ‘?’ at the end of your post doesn’t obfuscate your intention.

          • Greg

            You are not my “bro.”

    • capsandogs

      Yes, the 23 cyclists who use that road are safer and the 23,459 cars are… also safer? Nah, it just slower for cars, no increase in safety. Pedestrians are not a part of the discussion since they shouldn’t be in the road and cyclists don’t use sidewalks. So really it’s only good for the few cyclists out there.

    • Del Mueller

      How is it safer for vehicles? Forcing them to merge into one lane with little notice? Especially for those not familiar with the local roads. How long before the repainting commences? Development continues in Reston.

  • Guest

    The lanes should be returned to the previous configuration.

    This change was stupid and slows traffic for no good reason. Bikers are few and far between and certainly not enough to justify the loss of a car lane.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Petition denied!
      Commisar Plum would have to be awakened and cannot be disturbed

      • Robert Mowbray

        What does Plum have to do with it? Isn’t this the county’s responsibility, not the state’s?

        • Greg

          Doubtful as nearly all streets and roads in Fairfax County are state-owned and maintained.

  • johnson

    RestonNow, the picture is deceiving. The picture shows a normal bike lane. What was done on S. Lakes Dr, is not a normal bike lane. It consumes an entire lane with a BUFFER to separate bikes and cars. Adding bike lanes is one thing. That is a good thing when space allows. Taking a full lane to add a bike lane or bike “buffer” on an already busy road only manufactures MORE traffic. The bike traffic on S. Lakes, does not warrant a bike lane. When the infrequent groups ride/train, they take the full lane and that is fine. When individuals ride, like me, I am fine on the right side of the right lane. Do we really need to find ways to create more traffic? These bike buffers on S. Lakes are not going to encourage more people to bike to work. They’re not.

    • Alistair Hastings

      A similar change was made on Lawyers a few years ago (from 4 lanes, down to 2 lanes , plus bikes lanes, plus a central suicide lane) with no major increase in traffic jams. It also reduced accidents and decreased speeding.

      • Why do you bother?

        ” a central suicide lane”

        I am totally stealing this!

      • Tom

        Lawyers doesn’t have a median like South Lakes. This kind of road diet doesn’t make sense with a median.

        • Alistair Hastings

          What median? Southlakes has hard curbs on both sides. Do you mean the buffer between the travel lane in the bike lane?

          • Tom

            No, an actual median, with grass.

          • Alistair Hastings

            South Lakes doesn’t have a median – it has hard curbs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e84f189bd67a5b60e786dbab432b1bfc4e1054d29d4267f6de1c344ad821dbbd.png

            Edit – I’m guessing you mean the center island? I was thinking a grass median on the outside (instead of curbs). Either way, I’m not sure why the existence of a center island should preclude a road diet.

          • Tom

            Yes, the center island, which laypeople also refer to as a “median.” Perhaps, but the comparison to Lawyers was still apples and oranges, considering the road layout.

          • Alistair Hastings

            My comparison was more about the reduction of the lanes, not about the specifics of the lane striping

          • Why do you bother?

            It might help if you knew what a median is…There’s no such thing as a “center island” on a roadway. The grass-covered strip between the east and westbound lanes is a median.

          • PondViewer

            Doh!

  • Paul

    QUEEN song has been updated to reflect we Live, Work, Play! Just doesn’t have the same feel as the original though.

    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle …. in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride my bike … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride my bicycle …. in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride it where I like … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes

    You say black; I say white
    You say bark; I say bite
    You say shark; I say Hey man
    Jaws was never my scene
    And I don’t like Star Wars
    You say Roll; I say Royce
    You say God; give me a choice!
    You say Lord; I say Christ!
    I don’t believe in Peter Pan
    Frankenstein of Superman

    All I wanna do is
    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle …. in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride my bike … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride my bicycle …. in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    I want to ride it where I like … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    Bicycle races are coming your way … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    So forget about your duties oh yeah!
    Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    So look out for those beauties oh yeah … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    On your marks! Get set! Go! … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes

    Bicycle race bicycle race bicycle race … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes
    Bicycle bicycle bicycle I want to ride my bicycle … in a dedicated lane on South Lakes

  • RestonMom

    There will be multiple accidents at the start of that bike lane heading west. I have been cut off several times by people that aren’t expecting the lane to end at the exit of the shopping center, no less. Very poorly implemented and dangerous.

    • Alistair Hastings

      Agreed. It’s an awkward transition. Especially as VDOT chose to go from 2 lanes to 1 and back again several times. It should be consistent for the length of the road, whether it be 1 or 2 lanes.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Why is Ken Plum AWOL on Reston roads and VDOT?
    Everyone should be on him about this bike lane fiasco
    Tomorrow he will give us another lecture instead of doing his job
    I have told Connolly and Kaines offices that they will not have my vote unless Plum gets off his lazy backside does the job he is getting paid for and fixes Restpns traffic

    • Pat

      Vote the guy out!

  • capsandogs

    Now I’ll have to sit behind the slow pokes driving 30 mph in a 40 zone .. That is my biggest complaint. But in all seriousness, this doesn’t appear to have fixed a problem and appears to be causing some.

    • Alistair Hastings

      As a resident of one of the home along South Lakes, I’d much rather deal with the occasional slow-poke than the all-to-frequent speed-demon.

      Reston has received road diets along Lawyers, North Shore, Colt’s Neck, and Soapstone – all successful. All resulted in initial panic, but none resulted in significant ongoing problems (the one possible exception is Temporary & North Shore, but that was a problem before the road diet).

      • capsandogs

        Ok .. as a resident who lives directly next to that section I’d rather not have to deal with really slow drivers abd I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a cyclist there (I’m sure it does get used). Fixed a non-problem at the expense of 50% of the usable street. Huge waste of road…

        • Alistair Hastings

          You’re assuming bike lanes were the primary motivation for the road diet. They generally are one of several goals – also including traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and other things.

          • capsandogs

            Ok .. you’re suggesting they were going to just remove those lanes and use them as dead space but instead they made them into bike lanes?

          • Alistair Hastings

            No, not at all what I’m suggesting. I’m only suggesting that a road diet has several intended benefits of which a bike lane is only one. A Road diet such as the one on South Lakes is also relatively inexpensive compared to repaving completely or changing curbing.

          • South Reston Cyclist

            This sounds like a solution looking for a problem. Less paving and changing curbing? Would love to read that study. Speaking of which, where is the accident study if speeding and threats to cyclists have been an issue. Seriosuly asking, because I haven’t seen what led to this. Defense so far has been gut feeling.

        • Pat

          There is also a nice well established parallel Reston trail along the Lake Thoreau shore being conveniently ignored by Fairfax County Planners.

      • Stormy_Fireriver

        I don’t speed but 35 is too slow as far as I’m concerned. Why does it go from 35 to 40. Why can’t it be 40 the whole way?

    • TheKingJAK

      It’s always better to be driving slower on neighborhood streets, because you never know when somebody may dart across the roadway. I agree with your latter point.

  • Really.
    • Look, I’m oppressed too

      Everyone’s looking to be a victim. I’m glad you found your path.

    • David Romero

      This is by far the best comment.

  • ChangeHappens

    Much ado and vitriole about changes on South Lakes which are already in place and functioning with little if any difficulty in my neighborhood and elsewhere in Reston.
    Change happens and it seems to be working so far. Let’s keep moving unless there is genuine evidence that the new striping is in fact creating trouble.
    Seems to be the usual complainers exercising their need to hyperbolize.

    • Why do you bother?

      Maybe no difficulty for YOU, but you are not the only person here, and it’s already causing problems for others, including at least one accident.

      • Alistair Hastings

        Do you have details on the accident? So far, my wife’s commute hasn’t changed (enter South Lakes near Colts Neck, drives to Twin Branches, then over to Lawyers) beyond the usual back-to-school chaos. She leaves between 7:30 and 8:30 most mornings.

  • Why do you bother?

    “The area which has been re-striped ” THAT has been re-striped…

    “The lloss ” PPROOFREAD!

    “people that are driving, biking and walking.” First: people are WHO. Second – either use a serial comma or don’t – you’re randomly flipping between the two styles (“speeding, limiting sight distance for cars turning onto Sunrise Valley Drive, and pedestrian access. “)

    “hailed the final alternative as” It’s not an alternative any more; it’s a decision.

    “expect the new roadway procedures will generate” expect ….the procedures TO generate…

    But I commend you for undertaking actual reportage. Good start.

    • Greg

      Oh, I love which hunts, especially at this time of year!

    • Biker Sherlock

      ^ life of the party….

      • Why do you bother?

        If I did my job as poorly as RN does, I’d be out of work. Does your boss let you do a crappy job?

        • Biker Sherlock

          Is your job bitching and moaning about local news typo’s? The majority of your comments portray an older curmudgeon, one who is very dissatisfied with their station in life. Sad really, take a hard look at yourself and see if this is how you want to be remembered.

          • Why do you bother?

            If I am remembered for caring about journalism and fighting for the language, I will be extremely satisfied, as I am now.

            And there are no apostrophes in plurals.

  • Del Mueller

    So poorly conceived. It appears the intent is to slow traffic down by forcing the merge into one lane. The amount of bikers on South lakes drive is minimal, and everyone simply gives them space. Who thought this up? Why eliminate a lane for traffic??

  • SouthLaker

    When will they finish the resurfacing of Ridge Heights Lane? It’s rough as heck and still no lines two days after school started.

  • AdirondackChairman

    Don’t be mistaken that their glaring stupidity was any mistake. The bike lanes don’t run the length of the road or even a sufficient portion of it anywhere. It’s just an example of what your government thinks of you.

    • Why do you bother?

      Yep. And cars zig-zagging back and forth – there’s a right lane…no there isn’t…there it is back again….and there it goes – is a recipe for disaster.

  • Kristen

    All this back and forth aside, all the calls to “vote them out” are moot unless someone actually runs against Supervisor Hudgins. She has run unopposed for the last two terms. Hard (impossible) to vote someone out who runs unopposed. If you’re really that upset about how she is ruining Reston, how about considering running against her or finding and supporting someone who will in the next election (2019)?? I wonder if any of the Coalition for Planned Reston folks are considering a run….

    • Stormy_Fireriver

      Fairfax county is so blue it’s almost black. Good luck getting someone red in there. The democrats are so left wing they’re practically communists so not sure what is going to happen. Can the people of Reston wake up
      out of their socialist stupor?

      • Why do you bother?

        This isn’t a red or blue issue. Hudgins’ kowtowing to developers is redder than any Republican I’ve known.

        • JoeInReston

          Back in the 80’s, politicians that kowtowed to developers were sell outs. Things have changed. Hudgins is not a sell out. She is an advocate for smart growth. Hudgins can now kowtow and be smug about her good work. She is on a mission from God.

          • Why do you bother?

            Your check from CH is in the mail.

          • Greg

            Oh, please. She is on a mission to tax and toll us to death, eagerly and rapidly approve and build the ugliest structures, place all roads on “diets” for imaginary cyclists, charrette us into oblivion, and provide “workforce’ housing for votes.

          • JoeInReston

            Tongue-in-cheek

  • PondViewer

    As can be seen from the comments, a significantly small number of folks are trying to mandate the need for bike lanes on South Lakes Dr. Don’t buy into this!

    • TheKingJAK

      There’s a group trying to do this all across Fairfax County. You know, the very same cyclists who run red lights, blow through stop signs, and ultimately think they completely own a roadway that was deigned for motor vehicles. I saw one of these buffoons riding down Fairfax County Parkway the other day, and without a helmet; meanwhile, a completely empty pathway sat unused a few feet to his right side.

  • Big Drop

    This thread has the most responses of any topic ever on Reston Now. Also incredible that somebody thought it was a good idea.

  • Stormy_Fireriver

    As a resident on that strip I’m f’ing furious. Traffic is terrible and now turning left onto soapstone causes problems because everyone is in the left lane going straight because right after the light it goes from two lanes to one and then there are too many cars to even get to the turn lane. This re-striping is going to cause problems and a mess. Just wait til it snows.

  • Big Drop

    Now, 151 comments and climbing. And, I have not seen a single bicyclist on South Lakes. I have seen several close calls with cars almost hitting other cars from changing lanes at the last minute.

  • Joann Miller

    Just noticed my name is spelled wrong… it is Joann not Joan as mentioned in the article!

    • Why do you bother?

      Color me shocked (eyeroll…)

  • TheKingJAK

    Imagine my surprise when apparently ALL of Glade between Soapstone and Reston Parkway was turned into a gigantic bike lane. As the sun glares in your face while traveling westbound in the afternoon, you now have to worry about groups of Lance Armstrong wannabes blocking your route.

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