Since Oak Hill is unincorporated, any new bike paths built will be done by the county. Since Herndon is a town, they don’t have to wait for county approval. If you are a bicyclist, you might be interested in their plan for expanded paths, published in The Connection newspapers.
THE APPROVED RESOLUTION includes 16 different changes, which includes extensions of two trails to and from the W and OD trail, additional bike lanes on sections of Monroe Street and Elden Street and a cycle track on Herndon Parkway between Van Buren Street and Spring Street.
It also calls for fifteen different “future on-road bicycle facilities” at various locations. Elizabeth Gilleran, director of community development for the town, said that these would most likely be sharrows, a shared-lane marking that would indicate to drivers that cyclists may be present.
If Oak Hill were incorporated, perhaps it could be as proactive as the Town of Herndon, which is planning unique bicycle lanes for the Herndon-Monroe Silver Line Metrorail station, planned for completion in 2016.
For the south side of Herndon Parkway, the town is considering adding a two-way “cycle track,” in lieu of on-street bike lanes, between the lanes of car traffic and new, wider sidewalks for people traveling on foot. Trees and other plantings would liven up the street and be used as a buffer between cyclists and pedestrians.
“There are a lot of people who really aren’t comfortable biking in the street,” said Elizabeth Gilleran, director of Community Development. “Having the separate cycle track actually affords that sense of comfort,” she said, encouraging more people to travel by bike.
As for the area around the future station, think urban density comparable to the Vienna metro station, or more:
As Fairfax County has been doing in its station areas, Herndon plans to allow developers to rebuild the area as a more dense, more urban community that offers places to live, work, shop and dine, all within walking distance of the Metro station.