City of Alexandria, VA
Waterfront Parking & Circulation
The Waterfront Small Area Plan outlines a vision for a more active and vibrant waterfront. Testing the Plan’s proposed changes with the area’s multi-modal transportation and parking systems has been an essential element of the waterfront planning process; the City will only support a future vision for the waterfront that has adequate transportation and parking systems to support it. It has therefore been imperative in planning for the City’s waterfront that any increase in private or public activity not overwhelm the existing multi-modal transportation and parking systems by increasing vehicular or pedestrian congestion or parking impacts for residents, businesses or visitors beyond which this area can support. The Plan contains a number of recommendations to ensure the transportation and parking systems are adequate to support the needs of visitors and residents.
Such recommendations include:
Union Street Study: The goal of the study is to assess conditions within the area and make recommendations which will support and promote a safe, lively and compelling waterfront where pedestrians, bicyclists and all users can feel safe and comfortable, minimizing intermodal conflicts. The Study has been completed and the recommendations approved by the Planning Commission, Transportation Commission in November 2012 and City Council on December 15, 2012. Additionally, the Waterfront Commission approved the recommendations in a letter dated October 15, 2012.
Old Town Area Parking Study Work Group: The Old Town Area Parking Study Work Group is a City Manager appointed stakeholder group, which was established to discuss key findings and recommendations from the recently conducted Old Town Area Parking Study and to advise staff. The Work Group was originally convened in summer 2010 and then it was reconvened in summer 2012. The meetings were open to the public. Many of the recommendations under the Old Town Area Parking Study were implemented in 2012 and progress continues to be made in 2013:
Capital Bikeshare in Alexandria: Alexandria has joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network, beginning with implementing a pilot program providing eight bike share stations, with potential to add more stations as funding becomes available. Of the eight locations, one is at the Waterfront at Prince and Union Streets.