The transit authority is looking for ideas on how it could do more to help people who either bike or walk to the rail stations.
It won’t be doing one of the things often requested by cyclists: Allowing bikes on the trains during rush hours. No room, Metro says. But it has other options. There’s plenty of room for improvement on bike storage at the stations, and that’s another topic I often hear about from readers.
For pedestrians, Metro is interested in knowing about gaps in the sidewalks within a half mile of the stations, or other safety issues involving walking.
This is a good thing for Metro to be doing: Local governments are trying to focus commercial and residential development around the stations. We can’t keep building parking garages, to the point where the stations are surrounded by concrete fortresses. The result is that more people are going to be walking or biking to the stations in years to come.
Right now, Metro says, these are the top 10 destination stations for cyclists in the morning rush hours: East Falls Church, Forest Glen, Medical Center, West Hyattsville, Dunn Loring, Braddock Road, Van Dorn Street, Rockville, Woodley Park, Bethesda.
For walkers, these are the top 10 in the morning rush: Mount Vernon Square, Waterfront, Court House, U Street, Woodley Park, Capitol South, Eastern Market, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Van Ness.
The transit authority is inviting people to bring ideas for improvements to a workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the lobby level meeting room at Metro Headquarters, 600 5th St. NW. There will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m.