Eleven construction projects planned for Northern Virginia have been chosen to receive federal funds to help create seamless links for cyclists and walkers between neighborhoods and jobs.
WASHINGTON — Eleven construction projects planned for Northern Virginia have been chosen to receive federal funds to help create seamless links for cyclists and walkers between neighborhoods and jobs.
The National Capital Region Transporation Planning Board voted Wednesday to select recipients of more than $5 million through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. The money will support a wide array of projects that include new and/or improved sidewalks and trails to facilitate safe passage away from speeding traffic.
“This is really fairly small money, but making a big impact,” said John Swanson, principal transportation planner for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.
“It could be the best bus service in the world, but if there’s no sidewalk to get to that bus stop, which may be a few blocks away … we’ve lost an opportunity to provide people that option,” Swanson said. “Challenges of walking and biking can really make a difference between whether someone decides they want to walk or whether they’re going to drive.”
Some of the winning applicants have projects that improve safe routes to schools and increase access for people with disabilities. In Arlington County, for example, a project will add curb cuts for wheelchairs and move light poles from the centers of sidewalks to help the visually impaired navigate the terrain more smoothly.