Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Free Range Car Sharing to Compete With Free Range Bicycles


Hey, Yupette,

Thanks for the info about the free-range bicyclists. So guess what's on the County Board's Consent Agenda (#39 ) this Saturday? Free range electric automobiles! Yes, those lovable County Staffers who don't live in Arlington are at it again with another vibrant New Urbanist transportation scheme. The Zip cars zipping around and generating who knows how many vehicle trips per day and who knows how much demand for parking aren't enough. County Staff want to bring Car2Go to Arlington, starting with 200 'test' vehicles. Duh.

So what's Car2Go? A German company that takes Zip cars one step further --- like why bother with dedicated parking when you can pick up a car parked anywhere in Arlington and drive and park it anywhere in Arlington (federally-owned property is off-limits), including the County's parking garages, metered parking spaces, and residential permit parking spaces. So how many vehicle trips will those 200 vehicles generate every day? How many parking spaces will the 200 vehicles require every day? As usual, Transportation Staff didn't bother conducting a transportation impact analysis, a pilot program with 20 vehicles, or even bother telling residents in parked-out neighborhoods what to expect.

It gets worse. Can Bike2Go be far behind? So, in a year or two, when residents of an urbanized neighborhood try to find an on-street space to park at 6 PM in a permit parking zone they find Car2Go vehicles parked in front of their homes and a Bike2Go bicycle chained to a tree next to the vehicle. I have to agree that we are headed for multi-modal gridlock in 5 years.

Terri, 22204

11 Comments:

At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to require so-called "Planning Staff" to live in Arlington.

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antidote for the New Urbanism that's making Arlington unlivable except for the Urban Hipsters ----- Elect Independents to the County Board, School Board, etc.

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to require all department heads, senior planners, and assistant county managers to live in Arlington.

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous 22205 said...

How and where do the 200 electric vehicles get recharged?

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is in addition to Uber and increasing the number of taxicab medallions?

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This in addition to more ART bus routes and increased bus service on the Pike?

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough !! Audrey Clement and Mike McMenamin for County Board !!

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus the Transportation Staff who live in Fairfax County want us to ride bicycles in the Winter.

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles can we pack into Urbanized Arlington? Ask the Fairfax County residents who do Arlington's "Planning".

 
At 10 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, Mr. Dorsey, please put more SUV Soccer Parents delivering their kids, 2 or 3 per SUV, to Arlington's schools while school buses run almost empty. Like you do from your Columbia Pike "residence" to Abingdon School. Where do you actually live these days? Columbia Pike or North Arlington?

 
At 11 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, 'transportation planning' is an oxymoron in Arlington County.

 

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