• Help support needed improvements on the W&OD Trail
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is seeking public input on its Draft TransAction Plan and associated Project List, which includes enhancing the W&OD Trail in Falls Church with separate paved trails for walking and biking. Separate trails will help relieve congestion and make the W&OD Trail safer. The Draft TransAction Plan identifies more than 350 projects to improve travel throughout the region. The results of TransAction are used to inform the NVTA’s Six Year Program for capital funding, guiding decisions about which transportation improvements the NVTA should prioritize for investment. Since TransAction proposes more projects than can realistically be funded, your input is important to the awarding of funds to help critically needed improvements on the W&OD Trail. Please submit your comments by July 23, 2017.
• Do you have a green thumb that, from time to time, you would like to place in the service of a good cause? If so, a group of volunteers seeks your assistance with the maintenance of two native plant butterfly gardens that are located along the Trail (near mileage marker 8) across the street from one another on Lee Highway (near the Econo Lodge Metro). Each, as the picture below of one of them illustrates, has been planted beneath a prominent sign.
You are invited to weed in either — or both — of these gardens at your leisure, or you may contact the primary gardener in order to arrange a time to work directly with others.
• Click here to access the final report from the working group assembled in 2014 to address safety issues on the W&OD Trail.
• Click here to access Bikeablebrews’ convenient list of the craft brew establishments that are located near the Trail.
• Flashing beacons at Belmont Ridge Road
In an effort to allow Trail users to cross more safely an increasingly busy roadway, rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) are installed at Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. These beacons are activated “on demand” by a large button readily accessible to both pedestrians and mounted cyclists (note the tip of the red arrow in the photo below). The choice of this sort of beacon for the intersection is well taken: studies conducted in other locations have indicated that drivers are four times as likely to yield to opposing traffic when warning signals are not continuously flashing.