Rosslyn Business Improvement District

Partner Spotlight

Photo: Cecilia Cassidy
Cecilia Cassidy, Executive Director

April is a special month for Cecilia Cassidy, Executive Director of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), because this month marks her 20th anniversary with Rosslyn Renaissance, the BID's sister organization. We recently caught up with her, and she reflected on some career highlights. One she is especially proud of is re-development projects that promote the car-free lifestyle.

"This [Rosslyn] is a cultural destination," says the New York native. Artisphere is a good example. This urban arts center, featuring four distinct performance venues, was created from a private and public partnership. "Artisphere is Metrorail, Metrobus and ART bus accessible, which is a big plus," she said in a phone interview.

Also on her list is Central Place project. "It will feature an observation deck for one of the best views in the country with 360-degree views on the Washington, DC monuments and landmarks," she says with enthusiasm.

Another program supported by the BID was DC Metro-Connection, known as the "Blue Bus." Without a nearby Metro station, the BID "worked with the Georgetown BID and supported their project which involved initiating shuttle service between the Rosslyn, DuPont Circle and Foggy Bottom Metro stations. Now the DC Department of Transportation has taken over control of the route, which features a DC Circulator Bus running every 10 minutes, and only costs $1 for riders."

Cassidy recognizes how important it is to provide people with housing options in close proximity to commerce. "One thing we encourage very strongly is development of affordable housing near commercial centers," she says. Less distance to travel promotes car-free lifestyle choices that contribute to a less congested and cleaner environment.

Last, but not least, she is very proud of the Rosslyn BID's beautification projects. "It's changed how people think about Rosslyn," says Cassidy. "They [both residents and business owners] agree and share many compliments about how much they appreciate the greening."

"Our Director of Urban Design, Lucia de Cordre, is brilliant . . . She helps to make the streetscapes the most walkable in the country," she said. Today, former construction dump sites have been transformed with Crape Myrtle trees that line the traffic islands. "It's a pleasure to drive down Lee Highway," she notes.

Learn more about Rosslyn BID, Beautification Projects and upcoming events.

Rosslyn Business Improvment District
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite LL-10
Arlington VA 22209
703-522-66628
Transportation Options

Did You Know?

You can find out what transportation benefits are available where you live or work in Arlington?

More

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
1783
Ballston Connector
271
Bluemont Connector
235
CC Connector
764
Clarendon EB bike lane
225
Crystal SB bike lane
99
Custis Bon Air Park
1375
Custis Rosslyn
1335
Fairfax EB bike lane
154
Joyce St NB
41
Joyce St SB
14
Key Bridge East
1407
Key Bridge West
600
Military NB bike lane
51
Military SB bike lane
46
MVT Airport South
3468
Quincy NB bike lane
326
Quincy SB bike lane
207
Roosevelt Bridge
268
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1339
TR Island Bridge
1786
WOD Bon Air Park
1933
WOD Bon Air West
2273
WOD Columbia Pike
1627
WOD East Falls Church
1760
Wilson WB bike lane
274

Peds counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
400
Ballston Connector
248
Bluemont Connector
281
CC Connector
712
Custis Bon Air Park
727
Custis Rosslyn
425
Joyce St NB
102
Joyce St SB
17689
Key Bridge East
2536
Key Bridge West
1245
MVT Airport South
672
Roosevelt Bridge
182
TR Island Bridge
1332
WOD Bon Air Park
1217
WOD Bon Air West
1067
WOD Columbia Pike
837
WOD East Falls Church
645

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
8473682
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

News Headlines
Arlington County closed Labor Day, September 7

August 31, 2015, The Commuter Store

Warning period ends for passing stopped school buses

Mary Ann Barton, August 30, 2015, Arlington Patch

Study says Montgomery speed camera program is model for nation

Ashley Halsey III, September 1, 2015, Washington Post

Businesses no longer want office parks

Eric Fidler, August 31, 2015, GGW

More News & Events

Share Your Tips

Have a little trick for shaving 10 minutes off your commute? Know an easy bike route to work? Share your tips with other Car-Free Dieters on any of our social networking pages:

YouTube
Facebook
Twitter