Building Back Better in Arlington: a CIP Blueprint for Sustainable Mobility
Level of Effort: 5 minutes, at home in your PJs
Deadline: Monday 6/21 11:59pm
As we come out of the pandemic, Arlington is at a transportation cross-roads. We have 8.5 years left to cut global emissions by 45% to hold the rise in global temperatures. Commuting patterns are in flux. Arlingtonians want to walk & bike more - 53% of area residents surveyed said they expect to walk more after the pandemic; 26% said they expect to bike more.
Arlington is about to adopt their capital plan for the next 3 years and we have a blueprint to Build Back Better.
How do we build back better?
- Fund Vision Zero - If people don’t feel safe walking, biking or getting to transit, they won’t do it.
- Speed up our Transit - Arlington's buses sit in traffic and have long, slow boarding processes. We must speed up our transit to make it time-competitive with driving. This will maximize Arlington's return on its transit investment and attract more riders.
- A Safe Route to Every School - Schools not only serve their students, staff & families, but also host community meetings, sports games, & camps and are neighborhood parks. It should be safe and easy for people of all ages to walk and bike to every school in Arlington. Every “reduced walk zone” is a failure of street design. Despite this, the County proposes to phase out its Safe Routes to School Capital Program.
- Build out the Bike Network for All-Ages & Abilities - Standard bike lanes are for the confident & fearless, we need protected bike lanes and trails to make biking work for everyone. Arlington has a great new bike plan, we need to fund implementation!
- Expand & Connect the Trail Network - Trails are the “gateway drug” for biking & walking. People get started recreationally on trails & then realize that they can use those same routes to walk & bike for errands or work. Arlington residents ranked paved multi-use trails as their most needed facility - 87% indicating a need for more trails.
For each of those five key priorities, we are proposing four projects or programs for inclusion in the CIP - everything from Transit Signal Priority to speed up our buses to Protected Bike Lanes on N Highland St in Clarendon. Want the details? See our summary here or check out our full plan slide deck for details and then customize & send an email to the County Board using our handy tool below!
Our handy form below will send an email on your behalf directly to the County Board. Tips for a great email:
- Non-customized emails get counted, customized emails get read - if you have time to customize the email it triples your impact.
- Make it personal - if there's a specific project or program in our CIP proposal that would change your life for the better, talk about it!