A 22-mile network of bike paths and routes in Vienna extending Northern Virginia's bikeway system is finally off the drawing board after eight years of discussion.
Vienna residents will have a chance to take a closer look at the bike network plan at an informal public meeting set for 7:30 p.m. June 3 in the community center. Representatives of the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and town planning office will hear comments on the bike routes, crossing signs, curb ramps and road safety problems.
"We really don't have a bike system now," said James Grant, a town planner. "There are only six signs up, and that doesn't do much good. We want to create a system by signing certain streets and paths to allow bicyclists to move about in the parks in town."
Seventeen miles of bicycle routes would be designated throughout Vienna under the plan. Nearly five more miles, including two miles along the right-of-way of the old Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, would be posted as bike path.
Following the public hearing, the plan will go to the town planning commission and then to the Vienna Town Council, which has set aside $1,000 to pay for 44 intersection signs marking the bikeways.
In 1974, a town study found that there were 4,000 bicyclists in Vienna, or about a third of the population. --JANE SIMS PODESTA