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Nov 02

Pondering pedestrian accessibility and thinking about transportation

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM by Lynne Coan

One of Vienna’s long-term goals is to improve pedestrian access and safety. The Town is working toward this goal by installing sidewalks, adding traffic-calming measures where appropriate, finding creative solutions to challenging intersections, and educating pedestrians about the importance of making eye contact with drivers when crossing intersections.

Consider these recently completed or ongoing Town initiatives:

  • The Town installed its first mini-roundabout this fall to alleviate traffic along Locust Street and the commercial area of Park Street.
  • Last year, the Town installed its first HAWK signal to provide a pedestrian-activated, traffic-stopping crossing on Maple Avenue.
  • The Town’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), and Transportation Safety Commission (TSC) are working to create a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan for Vienna.
  • The Town is starting to work with a consultant who will use new methods of gathering transportation data to better determine how people move around the community, which will help the Town further improve pedestrian access and more effectively address other transportation issues.

The majority of traffic on Maple Avenue is regional commuter traffic to and from Tysons. One of the challenges with this cut-through traffic is that it often leads people to think: “We can’t allow commercial improvements because it might lead to more traffic.” I have to believe that citizens want successful businesses along our main commercial corridors and don’t want to see dilapidated properties that diminish our tax base and vibrancy of our commercial districts. I think we can find solutions to improve pedestrian access so that we don’t give up on the Town’s commercial areas and allow cut-through traffic to deter positive redevelopment along Maple Avenue and Church Street. 

Mayor Laurie DiRocco