I am a resident of Fairfax Village in the Hillcrest neighborhood and I'm commute via bike on a regular basis. I support ALTERNATIVE B: REALIGNMENT OF SECTION 3 OF THE ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL (NPS PREFERRED). This alternative would provide much needed connections along the Anacostia River. It would be a safer north to south route for cyclists than along the local roads.
As you move forward with design please consider the following:
- Wayfinding:Many of the designated bike routes in Ward 7 are not intuitive or obvious if someone isn't a regular user. Please ensure adequate signage and other visual clues to guide cyclist safely through the area.
- Safety plan:Safety is a concern for many cyclist. Given some of the safety challenges along the Met-Branch Trail, please ensure that a safety plan is developed, funded, and implemented as part of this project. This includes, but not limited to, adequate lighting, emergency call boxes, security cameras, snow/ice removal, and US Park Police bike patrol.
- Incorporation of art:Final design should incorporate art that celebrates and reflects the history of the river.
- Accessibility to the path from the local neighborhoods:As mentioned in the background, accessing the river is a challenge. Please include paths that connect the local community to this trail.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I at least hope National Park Service listens. Anywho... National Park Service had a public comment period for the DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - ANACOSTIA RIVERWALK TRAIL SECTION 3. Ms V actually forgot about it, but I was able to quickly skim the EA and whip up some comments. My two cents.