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King Street Bicycle Lanes and Pedestrian Improvements
The portion of King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane was recently resurfaced and a temporary center line was installed. In conjunction with the resurfacing project, the City is proposing to narrow the moving lanes to provide traffic calming and install bicycle lanes in both directions. The City has received a number of requests from residents and civic associations for traffic calming along King Street. This project is intended to slow vehicle speeds and provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists as well as safer routes to the nearby schools. Bicycle facilities are recommended for King Street in the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan which involved an extensive public outreach process in the development of the Plan's recommendations. These bicycle lanes would provide a connection from the King Street Metro to the newly installed bicycle facilities on Janneys Lane.
A second public meeting was held on October 30th to address concerns raised at the first public meeting and provide an alternate proposal for community input.
Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee 8.19.13Traffic and Parking Board 11.25.13
Letters of Support
Frequently Asked Question
Q. How will emergency vehicles operate with these changes?
A. They are allowed to stop in bike lanes, and drivers can pull into bike lanes to let the emergency vehicles pass. Removing on-street parking spaces will make it easier for all traffic to yield to emergency vehicles, and make it easier for emergency vehicles to access homes along King Street.
Q. How will moving vans be accommodated?
A. Exactly how they are now. They can use driveways or apply for a permit to park on the street, including sections of the street that have bike lanes.
Q. What if someone needs to stop on the side of the road for a delivery, carpool, drop off, etc?
A. We widened the bike lane on the north side of the street to 5' so a vehicle that needs to quickly stop will mostly be out of the travel lane. The average vehicle is 6 feet wide. Cars in the travel lane will be able to pass the stopped vehicle without crossing the double yellow line. We are not installing "No Standing" signs so it will not be illegal to briefly pull to the curb.
Q. Will bike lanes slow speeds on the street?
A. The moving lanes will be narrowed with the installation of bike lanes. This tends to reduce speeds by a few miles per hour.
Q. The sidewalks on King Street are narrow - What are you doing to improve pedestrian safety?
A. The bike lanes will provide a buffer on both sides of the street and move cars away from the sidewalk. They will also help keep cyclists on the street and reduce pedestrian/cyclists conflicts on the sidewalk. We are also improving the crossing at Upland Place and Highland Place.
See the presentation HERE for answers to more questions.