As the Arlington County Board nears a July 23 vote on whether or not to approve construction of the controversial Columbia Pike streetcar initiative, some bicyle advocacy groups are fearing their safety concerns will be overlooked. ARLnow reports that groups such as the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) see potential problems with street-car construction.
“Shane Farthing, Executive Director of WABA, explains that the streetcar tracks pose a particular problem because bicycle wheels could become caught in them. In addition to such a scenario making it possible for a cyclist to tip over, it increases the danger of being hit by a vehicle.”
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