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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 7, 2010 at 5:06 am 1,723 3 Comments

Back to School — The nearly 21,000 students enrolled in Arlington Public Schools are returning to class today. Watch out for school buses on the roads this morning.

Arlington Parents Like Their Kid’s School, Teachers — On Friday, we reported that a survey conducted on behalf of Arlington Public Schools found that parents were very much opposed to redrawing school boundaries. Now comes more evidence that parents of APS students are happy with their kid’s current school. Asked to grade their child’s school, teachers, and quality of education, parents gave each a 4.4 out of 5 on average. More from the Sun Gazette.

Arlington-Based Rosetta Stone Disappoints Investors — Language education software maker Rosetta Stone, which has its corporate headquarters in Arlington, has struggled through executive departures and weak sales this year. The company hopes to turn that around with a new product, to be launched next week. More from Business Week.

Enthusiastic Review for ‘Chess’ — Signature Theater’s production of Chess, which was inspired by a much-hyped 1972 chess match between American Bobby Fischer and the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky, might not sound too exciting at first. But add a rock soundtrack, energetic performances and (of course) a love story, and Chess “sizzles,” according to theater critic Terry Ponick at washingtontimes.com. The Shirlington-based production runs through October 3.

New Bike Lane in Courthouse — Cyclists now have a safer way to get to Courthouse from North Rhodes Street (and vice-versa). The Ode Street Tribune reports that a bike lane has been added to 15th Street.

Flickr pool photo by afagen

  • ArlRes

    Looks like they removed a side of parking to add the bike lanes.

    So -1 lane of parking +2 lanes of bike lanes. Not sure if its good or bad.

    On a side note, I’ve noticed when adding bike lanes the county seems to lag in re-stripping the double yellow in the center. Not safe.

  • Are you sure they’re going to repaint the center yellow striping? Narrower roads without at least 10-11 feet or so of space to a lane usually don’t have striping.

    Re: the safety, there are some studies out there that suggest yellow centerline striping makes roads *less* safe, because drivers speed more when they have a demarcated dedicated lane.

    That being said, I don’t know that particular stretch very well, so I can’t comment on the specific value there of the bike lanes, parking, or the center yellow line.

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