About the Project
Arlington County is in the process of updating the Bicycle Element of its Master Transportation Plan (MTP). The County Manager has appointed a working group of community members to assist County staff in outreach, draft plan review and other aspects of updating the plan.
The current Master Transportation Plan Bicycle Element was adopted in July 2008. While many of the goals and policies of the plan remain relevant, there have been significant changes in technologies, facilities and best practices that warrant a comprehensive update of the plan. The plan update will incorporate input from people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds from civic and business organizations.
Having a working group made up of community members allows staff to involve, and work directly with, the public throughout the process to ensure public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood, considered and reflected in the recommended plan update.
The working group will be involved throughout development of the plan update. In it's work with staff, the working group will:
- Explore the current state of bicycling in Arlington County
- Review analyses of best practices
- Provide advice on new and updated policies and specific implementation strategies for the MTP Bicycle Element
- Act as liaisons to the broader community
- Provide strategic guidance on community process
- Be a forum for community engagement
- Review and provide comments on draft and final documents and plans developed by staff
The working group will generally meet on a monthly basis for approximately 10-15 months. Other meetings may be added to meet target deadlines or for community engagement activities.
Working Group members:
|Chair||Mr. Chris Slatt||Transportation Commission|
|Ms. Gillian Burgess||Bicycle Advisory Committee|
|Mr. Steve Finn||Parks and Recreation Commission|
|Ms. Erin Freas-Smith||County Council of PTAs|
|Mr. Eric Goodman||Pedestrian Advisory Committee|
|Mr. Mike Hanna||Energy & Environmental Conservation Commission|
|Mr. William (Chips) Johnson||Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission|
|Mr. Marcus Jolley||Resident-at-Large|
|Ms. Lindsay Marfurt||Resident-at-Large|
|Mr. James Schroll||Planning Commission|
|Ms. Leean Sinapatanasakul||Resident-at-Large|
Past members: Edgar Gil Rico, Yvonne Norton
Input from the public will be sought throughout the plan development at various times. Time for public comment will be incorporated into all working group meetings.
County staff and working group members have been out in the community to gather feedback and share information about the Bike Plan Update process. Engagement during summer/fall 2017 focused on gathering input for the development of the plan's overall goals and policies. Outreach included pop-ups at events and at locations such as Metrorail stations across the County.
The spring 2018 outreach effort gathered community input as to where bicycle facilities are needed, what types of facilities are most desired and how to prioritize the planned bikeway network improvements. Staff and working group members were in the community this spring at pop-ups at farmers markets and events like Bike to Work Day. Two public workshops were held in June 2018 at Arlington Mill Community Center and the Navy League Building.
Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 22, 2017, a survey was posted online and was available at community events. More than 1,200 completed surveys were collected. View the survey responses
In addition to the multi-question survey, participants at the community events were able to express preferences for various forms of bicycle facilities by voting with dot stickers. More than 500 people participated in this exercise. Style board
County staff and working group members will review results of the two survey exercises when developing the updated Bicycle Element plan.
Between May 24 and June 29, 2018, a second comment form was posted online and was available at community events. This form asked for feedback on where bicycle improvements are needed and what types of bike facilities residents want to see. Data analysis of feedback provided at the community events and online can be found below in the Working Group Meeting 12 materials.
Working Group meeting dates and materials
|Meeting One||May 9, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Two||June 12, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Conference Room 311|
|Meeting Three||July 27, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Four||Aug. 30, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Five||Sept. 28, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Six||Oct. 26, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Seven||Nov. 29, 2017||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Eight||Jan. 3, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Conference Room 913|
|Meeting Nine||Jan. 25, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting Ten||March 22, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting 11||April 25, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Courthouse Plaza, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting 12||July 9, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|July 26, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|