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From YouTube: Around Arlington - April 7, 2014


With changes in building construction, firefighters need to learn new techniques to fight fires that spread hot and fast through buildings and homes. We'll tell you about Arlington's new Fire Training Academy later in our program, but first...

How can you find out how many people are biking on our trails? You install a bikeometer! Our first bikeometer was installed at Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, where nearly 500,000 bikes whiz by each year. You can see how many have gone by on a screen and we'll use the data to plan bike routes and improve bike safety. To learn more about this, other bike trails in Arlington and bike safety go to

While bikes whiz by on paths, data whizzes through Arlington at speeds that are infinitely faster than anywhere else in the Capital region. That's because of the ConnectArlington broadband network. It was developed by Arlington County government to link County buildings and schools together, but now we're extending that super high-speed fiber to Arlington businesses. The service will roll out over the next year. To learn more, go to keyword, connect arlington.

A new study shows that Arlington can expect a huge return on its investment in the Columbia Pike streetcar. According to the report, the streetcar project will generate between 3 and 4 billion dollars in benefits for Arlington and Fairfax over a 30 year period. This is between 2 and 3 billion dollars more than enhanced bus service would provide. To learn more about this study and its findings, go to keyword streetcar.

Arlington Firefighters demonstrated their life saving skills during an intensive training exercise at Arlington's new state-of-the-art fire academy. Take a look.

Remember, you are the first line of defense against fires in your home. Make sure you have a working smoke detector and an evacuation plan. For more fire safety tips, check our website at

Arlington Library will host Ann Beattie and Richard Ford as part of this year's Arlington Reads program. Beattie will hold a conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh on April 10, while Ford will interviewed by Jeffrey Brown of the PBS NewsHour on April 24. Both events are free at Central Library, and books by the authors will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, visit

And finally, the newest member of the Arlington County Board will be sworn in after the winner is announced. Stay tuned to ATV to find out when, and watch it live. All County Board meetings are open to the public, and each month's agenda can be found at So come on down on Saturday and meet your new County Board member!

That's it for another week. Thanks for watching! We'll see you Around Arlington.