About the Project
In April 2019 Arlington County completed an update to the Bicycle Element of its Master Transportation Plan. The County Manager appointed a working group of community members to assist County staff in outreach, draft plan review and other aspects of updating the plan.
The previous 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 warranted a comprehensive update of the plan. The plan update incorporated input from people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds from civic and business organizations.
Input from the public was accepted at various times throughout the plan’s development. Time for public comment was also incorporated into all working group meetings.
County staff and working group members have been out in the community gathering input since early 2017. Through the first two phases of community engagement, County staff were able to gather approximately 2,000 comments through online and in-person engagement activities. Community input influenced every aspect of the draft update, and involved a three-phase engagement process.
Phase I Community Engagement
Engagement during phase one began during the summer/fall 2017 and focused on gathering input for the development of the plan’s overall goals and policies. Outreach included pop-up events at various locations across the County including Metrorail stations and farmers markets.
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 could express preferences for various forms of bicycle facilities by voting with dot stickers. More than 500 people participated in this exercise. Style board
The second phase of community engagement began in the spring of 2018. Engagement activities focused on gathering 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 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.
County staff and working group members reviewed 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.
Phase III Community Engagement
Phase three community engagement process kicked off in fall 2018. During this phase, engagement activities focused efforts on gathering feedback on the draft Master Transportation Plan Bicycle Element Update. County staff have made presentations of the draft plan to the following stakeholders:
- Long Range Planning Committee
- Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission
- Parks & Recreation Commission
- Bike Element Update Working Group
- Arlington Chamber of Commerce
- Pop-up presentation at the December Civic Federation meeting
Through January 2019 County staff have been out in the community seeking input on the draft proposal. In addition to presenting to approximately 14 stakeholder groups and organizations, County staff organized two open houses – one on Jan. 22, 2019 at the Westover Branch Library and another held on Jan. 28, 2019 in partnership with Phoenix Bikes. The open houses were attended by approximately 120 residents. Additionally members of the community could also participate in an online feedback form which received input from over 650 respondents as well as an online webinar.
View a Summary of Public Comment on Phase III community engagement online.
Having a working group made up of community members allowed staff to involve, and work directly with, the public throughout the process to ensure public concerns and aspirations were consistently understood, considered and reflected in the recommended plan update.
The working group was involved throughout development of the plan update. In its work with staff, the working group:
- Explored the current state of bicycling in Arlington County
- Reviewed analyses of best practices
- Provided advice on new and updated policies and specific implementation strategies for the MTP Bicycle Element
- Acted as liaisons to the broader community
- Provided strategic guidance on community process
- Was a forum for community engagement
- Reviewed and provided comments on draft and final documents and plans developed by staff
The working group generally met on a monthly basis for approximately 10-15 months.
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
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)|
|Meeting 14||Sept. 4, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting 15||Sept. 27, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting 16||Oct. 25, 2018||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|
|Meeting 17||Feb. 20, 2019||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Birch Room (lobby level)|
|March 7, 2019||7 to 9 pm||Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Azalea Room (lobby level)|