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Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update and
Development of the Complete Streets Design Guidelines

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What's New

Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee Meeting - August 12, 2015. The Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee will hold its eighth meeting on Wednesday, August 12, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at City Hall, Room 1101 (Sister Cities, first floor), 301 King Street. The meeting will focus on the pedestrian and bicycle strategies.

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 FY 2014 Interdepartmental Work Program approved by City Council on May 29, 2013 identified the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update as a planning effort to begin in FY 2014.  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. Both a pedestrian and bicycle network 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 new pedestrian and bicycle chapters in the City's Transportation Master Plan, and will include a separate technical appendix. Both the chapter updates and technical appendix will serve as an update to both the Transportation Master Plan chapters, and the 2008 Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan.

A progress report / existing conditions report has been completed, which provides information on the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and the progress that has been made since the completion of the 2008 Transportation Master Plan, and 2008 Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan.

The draft pedestrian and bicycle vision, goals and objectives have been updated based on input from the Ad Hoc Committee and public.

A draft bicycle network has been developed based on input from the Ad Hoc Committee and public, and will continue to be available for input over the Summer 2015.


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 #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
  • Scott Anderson, 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