I finished #7 today with a short ride, not far out of my neighborhood, with a very good friend. It was great to get him out on his recumbent again and we rode in the new bike lanes. Sadly, today one was blocked because they’re putting in a crosswalk with pedestrian refuge island. Sadder still, the crosswalk is going in NOT where people cross, but where “line of sight” will be compliant with VDOT standards. When will planners start to look at where people actually naturally cross barriers (the yellow spots) and design accordingly?
We rode up the lanes and worked our way over to our goal, just past Fairfax County Parkway on Sunset Hills where it turns into Spring Street. Turning into the Sunset Park light industrial area we saw a bakery, two cafes, Dunkin Donuts, a gelato place and our destination, Weird Brothers Coffee. It was excellent coffee (my usual latte) and the price was right (Rick paid – ha ha).
The portion was generous:
The bike parking left a lot to be desired:
After coffee and solving some of the world’s major problems, we left there and went north on Herndon Parkway to the W&OD trail access and rode back to Reston. Rick peeled off to his neighborhood and I crossed Reston Parkway to get home. Near my house there is an elementary school which has often had terrible traffic issues.
Thus, I’ve been excited to see the restriping going on around the school. In some places they’re putting in bike lanes. Although usually I love bike lines, in this case I’m ambivalent about them. What the safety folks really wanted to do was get rid of the parking on both sides of the street because of the danger to the kids of all that congestion. That required removal of car parking.
In my imagination, I see this occurring in a meeting: “Aha! we now have room for a bike lane!” But they never needed a bike lane through there to begin with – just less congestion from on-street parking, and now it will just annoy the people looking for a place to park and make them blame cyclists. Moreover, in the parts where they do allow the on-street parking, they’ve put down sharrows and they’re not all in the right place, nor were they necessary. They could have just left it to the cyclist to determine where it is safe to ride. With the sharrows, drivers will insist we have to use them (similar to them getting mad when we don’t use a bike lane).
It is exciting to see infrastructure come to Reston, but sometimes I wonder if anyone who actually rides this route was listened to!
Nonetheless, a little over 9 miles round trip and a sweet finish to the 2017 Coffeeneuring season.
I wasn’t finished though. After a quick trip home for some lunch I biked to Herndon to help with after school bike shop. A cold front was moving in and I had head winds the whole way. The school is northwest of my house. The winds were out of the north west. Sigh. The kids have done a great job getting the bikes ready for the holiday giveaway. They’re almost all ready – just tweaking to go. And wrapping with big bows!
That northwest wind made riding home from bikeshop chilly but tailwind the whole way was SSWWEEEEET! Arrived home in time to make a Blue Apron dinner special. Life is good.