The first “advisory bike lanes” in the region were installed in Alexandria on Potomac Greens Drive between Massey Lane and Carpenter Road (see below). Advisory bike lanes are marked with a dashed outside line. These lanes at provide dedicated space for cyclists, but allow vehicles to cross the dashed line if they need additional space in the roadway. Vehicles must first yield to any cyclists in the bike lane before crossing the dashed line.
This project was funded by Transportation Management Programs for the area and approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
The new street design will provide additional traffic calming to reduce speeds along the wide roadway. A new crosswalk and handicapped accessible ramps were installed in conjunction with this project, and a new crosswalk with a pedestrian-activated flashing sign will be installed this summer.
As you may or may not know, Alexandria, Virginia is planning a new bus rapid transit corridor in the West End of Alexandria. Like the Route 1 Transitway, the West End Transitway will have dedicated lanes for buses. This transitway will run along Van Dorn and Beauregard streets, connecting the Van Dorn Metro station to both the Shirlington Transit Center and the Pentagon. You can see an overview of the project at this link.
The City of Alexandria’s West End Transitway Policy Advisory Group is holding its fifth public meeting on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Mark Center, located at 5708 Merton Court in Alexandria, Virginia. The West End Transitway Alternatives Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) is an analysis of transportation, land use, and environmental conditions along the corridor. The AA/EA is a required step towards applying for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding.
The meeting is open to the public, and will provide PAG members an update on the Project Schedule, Environmental Assessment, and Conceptual Engineering.
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