The city of Alexandria is repaving Seminary Road. As part of its new Complete Streets policy, the City proposed engineering changes to make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and ultimately all road users.
These changes, including turn lanes, better crosswalks, and buffered bike lanes, are predicted to add ten whole secondsto driving times during rush hour.
The driving advocacy community is outraged, and has been petitioning the city to abandon the changes.
Right now, the City of Alexandria is facing a critical decision: build a safer street that’s required by its own laws, or don’t, because driving advocates are complaining about it. Help the city make the right decision by signing the petition below:
You can read a detailed explanation of the proposed changes in this Greater Greater Washington post.
- Alternative 1 would install a center median with a travel lane and buffered bike lane on each side. This option would require removing parking on both sides of the street, but does not physically prevent parking in the bike lane. This alternative should be improved by adding flex-posts, curbs or other vertical barriers to the buffer area to protect bicyclists and keep cars out .
- Alternative 2 would add bike lanes in each direction, separated from the travel lane by a narrow 1 foot painted buffer. This option would retain parking on one side of the road, but require drivers to cross the bike lane to park. This design should be improved to better protect bicyclists by adding vertical barriers. More importantly, the bike lane should be positioned between the parking lane and the curb, so that the bike lane is protected by a row of parked cars and cars don’t have to cross the bike lane to park, similar to the design on 15th Street NW.
- Alternative 3 would make the curbside lanes full-time parking and add bulb-outs at intersections. This alternative does not include any dedicated space for people on bikes, encourages riding in the “door zone” and increases likelihood of harassment and driver frustration towards cyclists who ride in the shared lane.
- That hill deserves a protected bike lane: Just glance at this photo and the plan is obvious. In fact, DDOT plans to extend the protected bike lane up the hill to Euclid St. Fortunately, there is plenty of space to simply shift parking on the left side of the road and combine the two existing bike lanes against the left curb.
- Install a Bikeshare dock: DDOT planned to add a new Capital Bikeshare dock all along. Tonight, Oct 6, the area’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC1B) will decide if it supports this plan. If you live in the neighborhood, please ask your commissioner to support the plan or attend the meeting. Learn how here.
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- Red indicates projects slated for 2011 that are planned, designed, and ready–but not installed.
- Orange indicates projects slated for 2011 but pending additional work (ANC approval / additional roadwork) before they are ready for installation.
- Purple highlights projects slated for 2012.