WASHINGTON – The zigzag white lines on Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn are supposed to warn drivers of the popular W&OD bike crossing.
But not everyone is sure the traffic experiment has worked.
“It’s difficult for bikes and pedestrians to get across the street here,” says Randy Dittberner, a Virginia Department of Transportation traffic engineer. “It has pretty limited sight distance on approach. Plus it has really high speeds and it has a lot of truck traffic.”
However, Dittberner also says drivers are slowing down and yielding more. A VDOT study, conducted by the department’s research arm, affirms his statement.
Loudoun County officials have called a meeting next week with the agency to consider other ways of keeping cars and bicycles from colliding.
“I think it’s a little premature to talk about specifics, but we’re happy to meet with the park authority and see if there’s ways we can make it better,” Dittberner says.
To hear on-the-ground reaction, listen to the audio version of this story, attached on the right.
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