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Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Update

The City's 2008 Transportation Master Plan envisions a transportation system that encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation, reduces dependence on the automobile, and promotes a balance between travel efficiency and quality of life. The City is updating the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the Transportation Master Plan to reflect changes that have occurred since 2008, including the Complete Streets policy, Capital Bikeshare program, and on-street bicycle facilities.

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What's New

Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee Meeting #9 - January 19, 2016.
The Advisory Committee will hold a meeting to review the Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update on Tuesday, January 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street (Rotunda Room). The meeting is open to the public and public comments will be allowed.  More information is available below under the Meetings section.

We want to hear from you! Provide feedback on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update Working Draft
The City of Alexandria has completed a Draft update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (Pedestrian and bicycle chapter of the Transportation Master Plan, and accompanying appendices) based on an 18-month effort to develop a plan that creates a proposed bicycle network, pedestrian and bicycle recommendations and framework for implementing non-motorized policies and projects citywide. The Community is invited to provide feedback on the draft plan by visiting AlexEngage, the City’s online engagement forum. Comments received by Sunday, January 31, will inform the revised draft plan to be presented to the Transportation Commission, Planning Commission and Council later in the spring. The draft Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter and appendices can also be found below, under Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update


Online Interactive Wikimap and Survey  

Interactive Crowdsourcing Map - This interactive wikimap, available in both English and Spanish, was posted on the project webpage between August and October 2014, and allowed participants to provide input to the City about walking and bicycling routes and concerns, by adding comments, points, line and photos. Results of the mapping tool will be used to inform project recommendations. Results of the input to the Wikimap can be found here.

Survey - This online survey, available in both English and Spanish, was posted on the project webpage between August and October 2014 to help the project team develop recommendations for how the City can improve the environment for walking and biking. Results of the survey can be found here.


Background Information

The City's 2008 Transportation Master Plan envisions a transportation system that encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation, reduces dependence on the automobile, and promotes a balance between travel efficiency and quality of life. The City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, also completed in 2008, is a supporting technical document to the Transportation Master Plan that provides additional planning guidance for pedestrian and bicycle projects. Since then, the City has adopted a Complete Streets Policy leading to the implementation of a number of pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, and initiated the Capital Bikeshare program, both of which continue to expand citywide.

The City is updating the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the Transportation Master Plan to reflect changes that have occurred since 2008, including the Complete Streets policy, Capital Bikeshare program, and a move toward implementing on-street bicycle facilities. In addition, the City will be developing a Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual.


 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update

The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, issues, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. A bicycle network and pedestrian case study areas will be developed to identify short and long term projects, future bikeshare station locations, and actions and strategies to implement the plan.  The update will be reflected in a new Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter in the City's Transportation Master Plan, and will include a separate technical appendix. Both the chapter update and technical appendices will serve as an update to both the existing Transportation Master Plan chapters, and the 2008 Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan. 

The City has completed the Draft Pedestrian and bicycle chapter of the Transportation Master Plan, and accompanying appendices. The Community is invited to provide feedback on the draft plan by visiting AlexEngagethe City’s online engagement forum. Comments will be received through Sunday, January 31, and will be used toward completing the final document to be completed in spring 2016. The Drafrt Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter and accompanying appendices are below:


Complete Streets Design Guidelines 

A separate Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual will be prepared to provide guidance to staff, developers and citizens on design tools and methodologies for ensuring City roads address all users. Standards will be developed to provide guidance on the Complete Streets policy.  The manual will provide the tools and information needed to engage in constructive conversations about balancing the mobility needs of all users in Alexandria.


Civic Engagement

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update planning process will follow the framework and strategies outlined in the What's Next Alexandria Civic Engagement Handbook.  A civic engagement plan has been developed as part of the overall planning process. Larger community meetings will complement the Advisory Committee work, focusing on issue identification, visioning, and design guidelines. Online engagement will play an integral role in updating the public on the progression of the planning process, and providing a platform for polling, comments, and feedback on specific questions.  The planning process will utilize a to-be-formed Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee to provide guidance on the project, including the identification of issues, constraints and needs, development of the networks, and projects.


Schedule

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update and development of the Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual planning process began in May 2014, with an anticipated completion date approximately 18 months later in late 2015. The project schedule can be seen here.


Meetings

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #9 - January 19, 2015

Planning Commission Work Session (Oral Report) - October 6, 2015

Public Meeting #2 - September 24, 2015

  • Agenda
  • Presentation Note: The presentation includes polling results during the meeting. The results are based on approximately 40 participants, and are not a statistical sample of the community. 
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Meeting Summary

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #8 - August 12, 2015

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #7 - June 8, 2015

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #6 - May 14, 2015

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #5 - April 16, 2015

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #4 - February 4, 2015

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #3 - December 3, 2014

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #2 - October 9, 2014

Public Meeting #1 - September 30, 2014

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Meeting #1 - June 25, 2014


Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee 

The City Manager recently appointed fourteen members to the Advisory Committee approved by Council on April 8, 2014 and amended on June 24, 2014.   The Committee will  provide recommendations during the update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual planning process, specifically focusing on issues and needs, policy guidance, input on the pedestrian and bicycle networks, and input on project recommendations and priortiies.  

Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee Members

  • Jennifer Hovis, Committee Chair, Community Representative
  • Carol Abrams, Community Representative
  • Casey Kane, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Representative
  • Steve Beggs, Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Dave Brown, Planning Commission
  • Mollie Danforth, Commission on Persons with Disabilities
  • John Fennell, Design Professional Representative
  • Linda Couture, Community Representative
  • Alan Dinsmore, Commission on Aging
  • Skip Maginniss, Business Representative
  • Christine Michaelis, Transportation Commission designee
  • William Schuyler, Traffic and Parking Board
  • Pablo Torres, Community Representative
  • Timothy Hanson, Community Representative

Advisory Committee Packet 


Reference Materials


Contact

For further information, please contact Steve Sindiong at 703.746.4047 or steve.sindiong@alexandriava.gov