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by ARLnow.com February 16, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,740 129 Comments

Capital Bikeshare Stations Coming to R-B Corridor — Crystal City and Pentagon City have had all the Capital Bikeshare fun so far, but now it’s North Arlington’s turn. The approximate locations for the first four Bikeshare stations in Rosslyn and Courthouse have been decided, with installation expected to take place next month. Also decided: the stations will be placed on the street, likely replacing existing parking spaces. [People-Powered Arlington, TBD]

Bill Could Make Common Traffic Offenses Misdemeanors — If a bill currently under consideration in the Virginia General Assembly becomes law, it could make rolling stops at traffic lights and other common traffic offenses misdemeanors punishable by jail time or a hefty fine. The bill is intended to give police the flexibility of charging drivers with reckless driving when a specific situation warrants. Supporters, including Del. David Englin (D), say the bill could help improve pedestrian safety. [We Love DC, Richmond Sunlight]

Bike Trail Will Link Pentagon, Pike, Memorial Bridge — The Route 110 Bike Trail is being touted as a more convenient alternative to the Mt. Vernon Trail for many trail users. The project to pave the dirt path into a proper trail just got a big infusion of cash, thanks to the county board approving $250,000 in grant funding from the state. Construction won’t begin, however, for at least another year. [TBD]

Flickr pool by Damiec

  • Lou

    Love the Weenie Beenie. It was a must after little league games.

    • SoArlRes

      So where was (is?) the Weenie Beenie? Can anyone provide some historical context for those who never went there? Thanks.

      • mehoo

        2680 S. Shirlington Road.

        • SoArlRes

          Cool. Thanks, Mehoo.

      • Lou

        It’s at the end of Four Mile Run Drive, the 395 end of it. The guy who started it was a pro pool player I believe, and there used to be a couple around here. There was also one across Route 1 from the old Potomac Yard rail switching facility.

      • charlie
  • Jason S.

    The best way to motive pedestrian safety is to enfrcthe current laws including jaywalking and the full stop at red lights and stop signs. But when a pedestrian gets hit for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a fine and liability for damages would be helpful. Deliberately not enforcing the laws for pedestrians is what has emboldened the very many very dumb people to walking wherever the please without regard for other people.

    • lalaland

      I’m not sure what you are saying. It’s okay for a car to goof off every so often, but if a pedestrian so much as leaves the crosswalk they should be fined?

      • Arrrrrlington

        I think he was saying that the driver is ALWAYS blamed in pedestrian accidents and that laws, such as jay walking, are in place to protect the dumbasses who can’t cross the road without avoiding a car. I belive the poster is proposing to start enforcing the jay walking law among other pedestrian fines so as to put a little onus on the pedestrian.

        • lalaland

          I think it’s a mindset. If you’re normally a pedestrian, you hate drivers. If you’re normally a driver, you hate pedestrians. As a pedestrian/public transit user, I’m normally antagonistic towards aggressive drivers, including those that perform rolling stops or just plain don’t stop for pedestrians.

          BTW, it’s almost always the pedestrian that gets blamed for being hit. Often times, all it takes is for the driver to tell the police that the now dead pedestrian was jaywalking, even if the driver could have stopped on time.

          • Jason S.

            You weren’t sure earlier, because you chose to not be sure. It’s pretty clear: enforce the laws for everybody regardless of how they are getting from one point to another. Jaywalk? Ticket. “Rolling stop”? Ticket. Park too far from the curb? Ticket. Unloading your truck in a traffic lane? Ticket. It’s pretty easy to understand.

            The reason pedestrians are blamed most of the time is because they are at fault most of the time. This abstract covers it nicely, you can read the full article if you like: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12214965. The study concluded that 50% of the time pedestrians were at fault in the legal sense, vehicles 39%, and the remainder were inconclusive or joint fault. That was in 2002, but the most recent I was able to find with only a few minutes of searching.

    • Lou

      Jason, you are correct of course. The problem is there is a mindset out there among many, vocal people that even if a pedestrian is outside a crosswalk when they get hit, it is still someone else’s fault for not putting a crosswalk there in the first place. Oh yeah, and cars and their selfish drivers are evil to begin with. I think they say that a lot too.

      • Bluemont John

        The problem is that so few drivers realize they’re supposed to stop at crosswalks for pedestrians–even if the pedestrian is waiting by the road. With a lot of the streets in Arlington, pedestrians have to wait there at the crosswalk until the road is clear, because no driver will stop to let them cross. Ridiculous. There should be a traffic signal, a stop sign–something.

        That said, I’m all for enforcing laws against jaywalking. At the same time, let’s also enforce laws against running stop signs, blocking crosswalks, and blasting at 35 mph on neighborhood streets.

        By the way, I drive, walk, and takes public transit on a regular basis.

        • Bender

          **pedestrians have to wait there at the crosswalk until the road is clear because no driver will stop to let them cross. Ridiculous.**

          Simple prudence and due care would require a pedestrian to do that. But, go ahead, if it is so ridiculous, and teach your kids to simply cross and assume cars will stop.

        • Westover

          There is NO requirement to stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross at an uncontroled cross walk until the pedestrian is IN the crosswalk. Even then the pedestrian is not allowed to step out when the vehicle is five feet away and has little capacity to stop in time.

      • Kate

        I walk/take public trans far more often than I drive. BUT I am appalled at the carelessness of so many pedestrians in this area.

    • Ben

      Who said anything about public safety? With shrinking coffers, politicians are looking for anything that will increase state revenue. Making a minor offense (rolling through a red light), that even the US Department of Transportation statistics show that rolling stops rarely cause accidents, into reckless driving is just one way they can do that.

      http://thenewspaper.com/news/26/2693.asp

      • LyonSteve

        Police should be peace officers — to protect and serve.

        Not revenue officers.

        • Jason S.

          Police should be about “protect and serve”, but budgets are built around expectations of income from penalties and fines, which places pressure on public safety agencies to meet expectations. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of police, but I am pretty reasonable and doubt many people join police forces to write traffic and parking tickets all day long.

        • R

          I’ve often wondered if the Arlington police officers that are checking the cars on the entry ramps to westbound 66 in the morning (so not for HOV violations) actually bring in more revenue from writing tickets for expired plates or tax stickers or whatever than they cost in their time, etc for being there…not to mention idling police cruisers. There also seems to be an additional slowdown in traffic on the ramps those mornings. They seem to be there regularly these days. To me that is strictly a revenue generating task.

          • JamesE

            They were just there this morning

        • BoredHouseWife

          Ever since the war on drugs they have become the “associates” that “collect” “protection fees”.

      • mehoo

        Ben,

        Putting someone in jail costs the state money, it doesn’t make money.

        Enough with the lame “it’s all about revenue” stuff. Traffic laws are about safety.

        The idea behind this bill was to make it possible to charge someone who causes a serious accident or death with a crime that’s bigger than just a minor traffic offense.

        • Ben

          It’s a pretty well known fact that Virginia uses the reckless charge to discourage motorists from challenging citations by forcing a plea bargain that is favorable to the state.

          It’s all over the net – I’ll let google find the sources for you.

          • Westover

            Been in traffic court lately? If you have been charged with reckless based on speed, 99% of the time the judge will ask the officer if they would have charged you with reckless if the speed had not required it. When the cops says no, the judge reduces the charge. Making these infractions to even possibly be a misdemeanor is outrageous. If someone’s rolling stop hurts someone or god forbid kills someone, charge them with assault or with manslaughter, otherwise just enforce it with a one point ticket.

          • Ben

            So you just proved my point. The defendant pleaded to a lesser charge. He still has to pay court costs on top of the fine. I would bet that a lot of people who just got the speeding ticket would not have bothered showing up and payed the ticket sans the court costs.

          • Westover

            I would say the reckless charge ENCOURAGES folks to challange the tickets because it REQUIRES folks to go to court. Otherwise folks would just pay up and avoid the court hassle.

            The 80mph being automatically reckless is ridiculous when we now have Highways in the Commonwealth that have a 70MPH Speed Limit, but reckless being 20mph over should be considered a reasonable law IF the highway departments keep the speed limit where they are supposed to be.

          • Ben

            I think we are arguing the same thing 😉 My only point is Virginia makes a point of issuing more reckless charges they they intend to charge in order to generate revenue through fines / court costs.

          • Westover

            While it all might result in a slight increase of revenue, I know that was not the intention of the originators of the law.

          • Ben

            Point well made, but, while the original intent was in good faith, we now have to rely on local jurisdictions (and police officers) to continue with that faith in mind. I just don’t see that happening.

          • mehoo

            It’s a known fact, because it’s on the Internet? 😆

            This may be true, but it’s hardly proof that it’s being used to make revenue. The legal system costs money, you know. I doubt whatever fines it generates pays for that.

          • Ben

            You’re right it is hard to prove. But forcing the person to show up and pay court costs to something they will drop to a lesser charge is a little bit misleading and dirty.

            Virginia is already one of the easiest states to get a reckless driving charge in. We have over 20 violations that warrant a charge – most states only have 2~3.

          • mehoo

            Then don’t go around saying it.

          • Ben

            So let’s just not challenge anything our politicians do and believe it’s for the good of the people. That’s a good stance to take 🙂

          • mehoo

            Didn’t say don’t challenge them – just don’t challenge them with baseless accusations.

          • Westover

            THe law is what it is because a state delegate’s daughter was killed in a car wreck where the driver at fault was going 80+ MPH, another delegate amended the bill to add the or 20mph over due to the death of one of their family members, if I recall correctly.

        • BoredHouseWife

          No the defendant must pay those costs. If you go to jail, you have to pay for it.

    • Jason S.

      I really need to be more careful when typing on an iPad. I do that a lot, I hope people knew I was trying to say “enforce”.

  • Southeast Ben

    Seriously…a misdemeanor for a California-roll at stop sign is silly.

    • Westover

      Most reasonable people will agree.

    • Jason S.

      A top sign is just that, a sign directing traffic to come to a complete stop. Rolling through it is a traffic violation and should be ticketed, just as any other violation should be. Inconsistent application of traffic laws, for all conveyance media, creates a dangerous situation where people assume others will be fully aware of their loose interpretation of traffic laws. “Oh, nobody waits for this light” or “people cross here all the time” are great ways to create dangerous situations.

      • Westover

        A ticket is fine, making it a misdemeanor offense is stupid. People think that jails filled with drug crimes is rediculous, can you imagine the waste of money for folks jailed for rolling through deserted intersections at 2am?

  • Steve

    I have been filming people in their Priuses rolling through stop signs. Love to point out their hypocrisy. You STOP at astop sign. YOu aren’t that important that you cannot. Obey the laws.

    • Terry

      What does the type of car have to do with it. I take Metro to work every day and have almost been run over several times in the past four years. Can’t say I recall every make and model but they certainly weren’t all Priuses. In fact, it seems to me that drivers are larger vehicles are often the culprit.

      • Overgrown Bush

        People with every type of vehicle are the culprit. It is the mindset that they have to get to their destination and that their time is more valuable than your time. I don’t know how many times hybrids, gas cars, SUVs, and trucks have ignored me in a crosswalk when I’ve had the walk light. I’ll even go as far to say as some of them intentionally challenge me when I’m on a bicycle. I don’t know what’s up with that. It will get worse too once people start dumping off of 395 because it is at a standstill.

      • charlie

        Prius drivers have replaced Saturn drivers as the worst drivers on the road. And their sense of entitlement and supremacy makes it worse.

        • Overgrown Bush

          I had a woman in a Prius tailgating me this morning. She made me nervous, not only from being so close, but because she had her visor down and was putting on makeup while eating something! Talk about distraction. So, I slowed. She wouldn’t go around me. I touched the brake pedal to light up the lights (but not actually slow down dramatically). She wouldn’t go around me. Finally, I gave a nice long cleaning to my windshield with wiper fluid. She had to turn her wipers on, and finally she sped around me.

          • BoredHouseWife

            There are too many that trailer hitch tail gate.
            The main issue is the lack of awareness that many drivers have.

          • +1 for the brake tap
            +2 for the wiper spray. I love doing that one.

            Nice aggressive driving on your part.

          • Bender

            In other words, you tried to increase the danger to the rude person behind you.

            Purposely making driving more dangerous is, by definition, reckless driving.

        • local

          I used to drive a Saturn. I had a perfect driving record in it. Generalizations suck.

        • steve

          I almost got ran over in the Whole foods parking lot while walking in there, some idiot driving a Prius didn’t even bother to look up as she was driving around in the parking lot and finally looked up before she almost hit a parked car. I had to run out of the way.

        • JamesE

          Perfect example

  • Easton

    Just imagine the uproar the first time someone goes to jail for a rolling stop. This sounds like the ridiculous Reckless Driving fees from a few years ago; I think the State Legislature learned its lesson from that fiasco — that the punishment has to fit the crime. Englin sounds like he’s living in some other universe.

    Yet another silly idea to give Arlington a bad name in the rest of the state.

  • Southeast Ben

    I drive a gas-guzzling truck Officer Steve. Not sure of your point. Aren’t prisons over-crowded. Do we really need small traffic offenders filling up our prison systems and costing tax dollars more than what the State/County would be getting in terms of revenue from a misdimeanor?

    • Ben

      I think the idea is to give out little actual reckless driving charges but instead offer plea deals for higher fines / court costs. Very similar to how our states highways have a 70MPH speed limit but going 80MPH is considered reckless driving.

    • charlie

      and prior to filling up the prisons we have our officers spending endless time in Court instead of keeping our streets safe. if a police officer issues you a traffic citation and then doesn’t show up to court, you are almost always set free.

      (In fact the best way to get OUT of a reckless driving charge, mine was doing 62 in a 25 mph zone, is to tell the officer, as your ticket is being written, that you were wrong by speeding and that you promise to just pay the fine and not go to court. All of a sudden I was only doing 39 in a 25). (and don’t flame me, i was pulled over in one of Arlington’s great revenue traps, i mean speed traps, were 60 is actually not unusual or unsafe).

      • mehoo

        Hey, Charlie, the best way not to get a reckless driving charge is don’t go 562 in a 25 zone!

        I hope you get jail time if you ever do that again.

        It’s amazing how immature, irresponsible people justify their dangerous behavior and then find ways to get out of responsibility and whine like babies when they can’t.

        Grow up.

        • mehoo

          Oops – don’t go 62 in a 25 zone. But I recommend not going 562 either.

          • JamesE

            If your car does 562 you can afford the ticket.

          • mehoo

            If your car does 562 no cop will ever catch you to give you a ticket. The FAA might though.

      • Westover

        Which speedtrap has a 25mph limit where 60 can be reasonable? I know a few places where 40-45 might be considered OK where they pull a lot of folks over, but 60? Please share Charlie.

        • charlie

          Glebe Road between Old Glebe Road and Chain Bridge. either direction.

          mehoo, i’m not attempting to justify my actions at all. you missed the point.
          i’m suggesting that we want our police protecting us out on the street, not constantly in the court house having to sit thru hearings. and a hearing over a reckless speeding ticket is long enough, imagine how long it will be if it results in jail time?

          • mehoo

            Yes, you were attempting to justify your actions, by saying it shouldn’t really be 25 in that area. Sorry, but you don’t get to set your own speed limits.

          • charlie

            no i didn’t. i didn’t say it “shouldn’t be 25”
            i said 60 wasn’t unsafe.
            it should be 25. is that better? but 60 isn’t unsafe. wrong, but not unsafe. at least to me. now the deer that run across that road are on their own. plus they aren’t in a crosswalk as crosswalks are only in the R-B Corridor where the non-smoking prius drivers co-habitate.

          • mehoo

            Stop it. You rationalized speeding because you unilaterally decided it was safe, so you can just break a law you don’t think is necessary.

            Grow up.

          • Westover

            45mph, I would agree with you. But 60mph should be reserved for non-urban limited access highways. That section of road is neither.

          • jan

            60 mph is unreasonable there. 25 is ridiculous.

          • charlie

            from today’s WashingtonPost

  • lalaland

    It’s probably a stretch to put the offenders in prison for a rolling stop, but the stop signs are there for a reason. If you go through a rolling stop rather than a full stop you’re less likely to see pedestrians (or other cars) that you might hit.

  • Steve

    Why do you guys think its asking too much for people to actually have to stop at a stop sign? Are you THAT important that you’ll risk running people over or hitting cars because you think you are so imporant?

    Easy solution. Come to a COMPLETE STOP.

  • V Dizzle

    If you believe that minor traffic offenses warrant a potential misdemeanor, at any time, you make me sad. Enforce the current laws if it’s such a threat to the public. On the other hand, if this goes through, I will be petitioning to make it a felony to turn without using a turn-signal. I f*&king hate those people. 🙂

    • Ben

      It’s already considered reckless driving:

      § 46.2-860. Failing to give proper signals.

      A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who fails to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop, as required by Article 6 (§ 46.2-848 et seq.) of this chapter.

      • V Dizzle

        Sweet, vigilante justice, here I come!

  • LyonSteve

    Re: Traffic Violations as criminal offenses. Democrats are just as much a part of the police state as republicans. David Englin is anti-freedom.

    • mehoo

      Yep, anti-freedom to drive recklessly and endanger people’s lives and property.

  • Overgrown Bush

    I think making the infraction a HEFTY fine would do a lot of good. They have posted signs of the hefty fines for speeding in certain zones, and that seems to make me look at my speedometer. If a hefty fine were involved with a stop sign, I’d surely make sure the car comes to a complete stop even when I’m in a bit of a rush and nobody is around.

    • V Dizzle

      Again, I think that enforcement at the current statute level would help just as much. I was pulled over for a stop sign roll-through when I was 16, and it stuck with me. Changing the offense, while continuing non-enforcement, get’s you nowhere.

  • SoArlRes

    So why not enforce the current laws more strictly? If someone is caught pulling two rolling stops in a year, they lose their license for a year. This needn’t involve jail time. Driving is a privilege and those who don’t obey traffic laws don’t drive for a while. Simple and effective.

    • Overgrown Bush

      Especially in Arlington where they can walk, bike, or take metro.

  • charlie

    very excited about the 110 bike trail. i’ve been on it and it seemed obvious that it could be better and a valuable link. plus it give normal people a way to avoid the activities in Lady Bird Johnson Park.

    • lalaland

      I was actually unaware that this existed. What’s the condition of the trail now/how would one access it?

    • CrystalMikey

      Ditto…always love to have more options for running!

    • charlie

      see below.

  • OX4

    Man, that is some sweet awesome awesomeness…a CABI station right outside my building’s front door!

    I <3 U CABI

  • Runaway Train

    The Weenie Beenie is a landmark that continues to decline. The chili dog sign caught fire months ago and hasn’t been repaired. The owner is getting up there in age, it is time to sell it with the contract stating the structure and business must be preserved.

    • Overgrown Bush

      There will be a high rise on it with some ground floor retail like Starbucks, a bar, and a pizza place before you can blink an eye.

    • Westover

      Give the guy a break. The place is an institution, the sign means little. The Chili Half-Smoke is still a great one on par with Ben’s Chili Bowl’s.

    • steve

      Shocked libs haven’t banned places like that yet. Looking at the menu, things on it are clearly unhealthy. the government knows what’s best for people so it should be banned because its bad for you.

      • borf

        Go have a smoke break, steve, you need it badly.

      • BoredHouseWife

        :)~

        • mehoo

          Yes! 😆

          Bet they serve this at Mad Rose. If I make it there tonight I’ll ask for it.

  • R

    I wonder if anything will happen to all the Arlington police officers and county vehicles that I notice do the same type of traffic infractions all the time. When I complained about a police car blowing through a stop sign and nearly hitting me I was told “The officer was responding to a call”, which I got no answer as to why his sirens weren’t on and why he proceeded to stop and wait for the red light a block away. Also wonder why nothing is done about the cop cars that park in no parking zones on the corners near the Court House, blocking crosswalks in some cases. That makes for a dangerous obstruction for both drivers and pedestrians (which is why they are no parking zones) and if I were to do it I would be ticketed in short order. Sorry just venting, overall our officers do an incredible job with little recognition.

    • Jason S.

      I don’t really agree with that last part. In a friend’s neighborhood, a moron Arlington officer parks his cruiser (which they should not be allowed to use as personal vehicles to drive their girlfriend around, which he does) in a fire lane. Fire lanes are for fire engines and the reason people are not permitted to park is so fire engines and ambulances can get to where they need to be quickly and unattended cars are an obstruction. No matter who owns the car, it should not be there without somebody in it. I can understand idling there so one can move upon the arrival of an emergency vehicle, but leaving it is arrogant and self-centered.

      • Shane

        There is a police cruiser who regularly parks on Washington Blvd. eastbound, between 18th Street and the Westover shops. Last year in the aftermath of Snowmageddon, this cruiser sat untouched except for a mound of snow all over it. This went on from the start of the snow on Saturday, until the following Friday.

        That Friday morning I called ACPD Non-Emergency, and told them my next call was going to be to Fox5 News, so they could do another story in their “lazy police” series.

        The car was cleared by the Friday evening commute.

        • Westover

          ACPD has placed their reserve cruisers randomly around the county to deter crime. I don’t see why you would cause officers who were busy dealing with downed wires and other incidents after the snow to waste time removing something that would eventually melt on its own.

          • Lou

            I see that cruiser on Washington Blvd. all the time, parked on either side. I just assumed the guy lived there.

      • jan

        have you reported it?

  • Kate

    Will the 110 trail make it possible for me to walk or bike to work downtown from the Pentagon end of Columbia Pike?

  • charlie

    here are three parts of the trail.
    it would be great if it all gets connected, upgraded and car conflicts minimized.
    provides a great tie-in to other trails.

  • charlie

    worse part and most secret and unused section.

  • charlie

    worse part and most secret and unused section.
    here is the second section jpg.

    • Westover

      Mt Vernon Trail along the river covers the need for anything here.

      • MB

        In the same way that GW Parkway North and 495 through MD covers the need to get to Alexandria from North Arlington.

        • Westover

          Huh? The Mt Vernon Trail is parallel and 150 yards away and is connected to the two ends that we are talking about.

          • MB

            Are we looking at the same picture? Because there’s no connection from the MVT south of Memorial Dr. to the Pentagon until you get well into Crystal City and then ride back north from there.

          • Westover

            Yes, you can cross at the Marina, or atleast you will be again, once the construction on Hump Back Bridge is completed.

          • Lalaland

            Crossing at the Marina would be rough I’d imagine. It would require a person to cross the GW parkway from the MVT to the bridge at a section with limited visibility, at least I think it would if I remember correctly.

            On top of that, it provides a new access point to the Pentagon from Rosslyn. Could shave off several minutes of several peoples’ commutes.

          • MB

            Agreeing with Lala (in that the Marina really isn’t an appropriate crossing point (it would be like sending someone through a parking lot as a way to get between two major streets), but I do have the happy correction of pointing out that – once the Humpback replacement is finished, one will cross *under* the GW Parkway. That nonsense of having to dash across the GW Parkway will be a thing of the past.

            (And, if you’re still reading: Arlington Co bike-pedestrian planners have been working with the Pentagon in the hope of securing a right of way along the edge of 395 in order to provide a connecting path to the Pentagon parking lot from the new Humpback underpass. This would really improve things for some bike commuters working at the Pentagon, as well as set up an eventual big improvement for access to the MVT for those coming from Columbia Pike. It’s a puzzle that moves at a glacial pace, I’ve found, but I truly believe it’s one that will benefit us in the future.)

        • Westover

          Additionally, the Mt Vernon Trail is maintained very well by the Park Service, while the county would be on the hook to cover the build and maintenance of a path along Rt110, which will also run into jurisdictional issues as it reaches the Federal land of the Pentagon.

          • MB

            MVT is not particularly well maintained by the NPS, but that’s another comment thread. I would welcome your assistance, however, in pointing out to the County Board that it does not allocate enough resources to maintain trails that many people use for transportation.

          • Westover

            Where do you think that the Park Service does not do a good job on the trail? There used to be some bad spots south of Old Towne about 10 years ago, but they all seem to have been repaved now.

          • MB

            The boardwalk section at Roosevelt Island is a wreck in anything other than dry conditions. Plowing is negligible. The street crossings (DCA, Memorial Drive area, etc.) were designed by people who must never have gotten on a bike. On any flood event, it’s the riders that clear the debris. Also, for fun: http://www.thewashcycle.com/2011/02/mvt-detour-narrowed-with-speedbumps-ii.html I’m not going to even speculate on the thought process behind that one.

            I know I sound a bit ungrateful about what is clearly one of the best metropolitan trail/commuting routes in the country, but when a transportation route serves as many people as does the Mount Vernon Trail, it really deserves better.

            However, NPS does get credit (and I mean this sincerely) for doing a good job of grinding down root bumps on the MVT. I wish Arlington had the equipment for that.

        • charlie

          I am on this trail to AVOID MVT because it is too crowded. Humpback bridge might be better once done, but still will be a bottleneck because of the approaches.

          By going to the west of the Pentagon it is easier to get to Columbia Pike and Pentagon City without having to either cross GW Parkway at the Marina or go down to Crystal City and ride thru the Crystal Coutre, or worse, go to Four Mile Run and come back.

          Cars can enjoy multiple routes between two points it would seem reasonable to have multiple routes for bicyclists as well. And safe routes are even better.

          • MyHood

            +1

  • charlie

    and the last section which is mostly an “old sidewalk” meaning narrow.

    • Westover

      Unless you are a terrorist casing the joint, why would you have a need to walk along there? I can’t see it really leading from anywhere to anywhere else where you don’t have other options.

      • charlie

        i don’t know where the people are coming and going from but the stretch along 110 and Washington Blvd by the Pentagon has a very steady stream of joggers during the day and bicycle commuters.

      • kc

        I sometimes use it to walk from Rosslyn to Pentagon City when the weather is nice. From the Mt Vernon trail you can’t get to Pentagon City on bike trail without going almost down to the airport and back through Crystal City. I’ve also used it running when Columbia Island was accessible to avoid the two highway crossings when you go from Rosslyn to the Mt. Vernon trail up near the Memorial Bridge. As noted above, once the Humpback Bridge work is finished this should give access from Rosslyn to the Mt Venon trail near Columbia Island without any street crossings.

      • UrsusMajeure

        I walk along there frequently, as part of a nice walk from downtown/White house area to the Pentagon transit station, and can confirm that the sidewalk is really narrow in portions and largely unlit. That’s not a huge problem, except at night when occasionally bike commuters will come through.

  • All of this bitching here should be directed to that idiot Englin, not the Arlington Police.

    They are one of the Arlington departments that is actually run well.

  • Bender

    **The bill is intended to give police the flexibility of charging drivers with reckless driving when a specific situation warrants.**

    Police already have the flexibility to charge drivers with reckless driving, if they are driving recklessly, under THE RECKLESS DRIVING STATUTE. This bill, however, would instead give the police completely unfettered discretion to arbitrarily criminalize some people while slapping others on the wrist.

    Typical of the police-state mentality of so-called liberals around here.

    • Bender

      Virginia Code § 46.2-852. Reckless driving; general rule.

      Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.
      ————

      It is ALREADY AGAINST THE LAW to drive in a reckless manner, e.g. recklessly hitting a pedestrian at a crosswalk.

  • Paradise And Lunch

    Weenie Beenie’s owner died a few years ago. It’s remarkable that it still exists. Let’s put it on next year’s decal, how about it?

  • Lola

    Is the Weenie Beenie closing? Why is there a picture with no information?

    • Westover

      It is just the daily Morning Notes picture. We get something daily, usually with nothing as a discription, just a shot of something that IS Arlington.

    • charlie

      i think after yesterdays near record postings about trite topics, ARLNOW decided we were just a bunch of weenies.
      can’t disagree.

  • Lola

    Oh, okay, thank you for the clarification!

  • who cares about taxes – I thought Beeny Weeny was closing down. Horrors. The shock. It’s been there for ages and it would sadden me to see it go. Won’t eat there for a million bucks, but I love the name of the place

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