Take a Walk Through 2018

Katy Lang Tweet Us @walkarlington@walkarlington January 8, 2019
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Katy Lang is the Program Manager for WalkArlington. She started living car-free in Arlington nine years ago and is passionate about finding great running routes and safety for people walking.

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WALK TAKEAWAY:

WalkArlington reflects on what happened in the world of walking in Arlington last year as we kick off 2019.

2018 was a busy year for all things walking in Arlington County, and there are a lot of people and organizations that worked hard to make Arlington a better place to walk. As we enter a new year, we’re sharing a few of our favorite things that happened in 2018.

Volunteers

We have the best network of supporters, partners, and volunteers that help us spread the good cheer of walking and biking all year long. They’ve helped us get to know local businesses, hand out lights and reflective gear, educate folks at the County Fair, and provide input on ongoing projects. Plus, they’ve joined us on social walks, Junior Ranger adventures, and community events.

Social Walks

We’ve loved one of our newest events—the social walk and happy hours. They give us a chance to explore more neighborhoods in an informal way and get to know our neighbors who come out and walk with us. We look forward to more socializing in 2019.

Trails, Trails, Trails

We’ve always been big trail fans—they’re easy to use, low-stress, and connect us all over the County. The new Washington Boulevard Trail is the latest new trail segment to open in the County, and we couldn’t love it more. It provides a connection for people walking and biking from Columbia Pike up to the existing Washington Boulevard Trail near 2nd St S and gives neighbors better access to Towers Park. A win all around.

In other trail news, the Arlington Loop now has brand new wayfinding maps.

New Infrastructure

There’s a reason this makes the list every year. Arlington County planners, the Department of Environmental Services, engineers, and other staff continue to make street and intersection improvements across the County. This year, our particular favorite is the addition of HAWK signals, which help people walking cross the street. You can check them out on Crystal Drive, South of 23rd Street, at multiple spots along George Mason Drive, across from Ballston Quarter.

More Walk and Bike Fun

We share so much in common with our sister organization, BikeArlington, and this year we loved all of our collaborations. From the Fall Picnic Adventure to PARK(ing) Day to Balaclavas and Baklavas, it’s always a good time when walking and biking join forces.

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Thanks for being a part of making walking and biking better in Arlington with us. We can’t wait to share all of the great things happening in the world of walking in 2019.

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