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Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Plan
The City of Alexandria Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan celebrates this history of walking and bicycling. It builds on the policy-level recommendations in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and provides a blueprint for physical improvements to make walking and bicycling more attractive transportation choices in Alexandria. Most of the recommendations in this Plan will likely be implemented as a part of upcoming projects (e.g., roadway repaving, streetscape improvements, regular maintenance, corridor reconstruction, small area plans, site plans, private sector development, etc.). The recommendations can also be incorporated into existing City programs and initiatives, such as Safe Routes to School, Community Pathways and the Spin City 2009 effort to become a bicycle-friendly community.
This Plan includes more than 5,000 recommendations for specific infrastructure improvements to enhance pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and mobility. These recommendations cover a wide range of physical improvements, from rebuilding existing sidewalks, to marking new bicycle lanes, to building new multi-use paths. A summary of this Plan’s infrastructure improvement recommendations is included below.
Summary Pedestrian and Bicycle Recommendations
As noted, one of the ways that the recommendations in this Plan can be implemented is through the City’s existing programs and internal funding mechanisms. For this reason, all of the recommendations in this Plan have been placed into one of the following five categories: Safe Routes to School, Access to Transit, Community Pathways, On-Road Bicycle Facilities, and Off-Road Facilities. These groupings were made based on the type and location of recommendations and their proximity to important community facilities such as schools and transit stops. By classifying recommendations by the City’s existing programs, this Plan provides guidance on how each individual recommendation could potentially be funded and implemented over time.
A primary goal of this Plan is to provide a detailed roadmap to implementing the policy level recommendations in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan. Towards this end, this Plan also prioritizes all recommendations into short, medium, and long-term categories to enable the City to make informed and strategic decisions about how to effectively allocate resources over time. The prioritization of recommendations in this Plan accounts for a range of factors, including existing conditions, potential demand, safety, and public input.
The geographic areas where short-term priority projects congregate together provide a logical way to group recommendations. In many cases, clusters of projects can be accomplished under single contracts in order to ensure efficiency. Implementing clusters of projects is also particularly beneficial in enhancing overall connectivity in an area. Additionally, grouping short-term projects into clusters allows them to be easily included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). Inclusion in the CIP and TIP is an important pre-requisite to the funding of infrastructure improvement projects.
The City of Alexandria is working to reduce dependence on private automobiles and provide Alexandrians with a variety of transportation choices. One way to accomplish this goal is to improve access for persons with disabilities, pedestrians, and bicyclists. By providing an extensive set of infrastructure improvement recommendations and grouping them together by the City’s existing funding programs and relative priority, this Plan provides a blueprint for pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The implementation of these recommendations will result in safer conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists and make walking and bicycling more attractive transportation choices in Alexandria.
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