There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its community context. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.
Complete Streets improves the efficiency and capacity of existing roads by moving people in the same amount of space and getting more productivity out of the existing road and public transportation systems, which is vital to reducing congestion.
Complete Streets are relatively low cost, fast to implement, and high impact. By adopting a Complete Streets Policy in 2011, the City of Alexandria directed transportation planners, engineers and developers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. The policy was reenacted in 2014, recognizing that the users of our transportation system include pedestrians, bicyclists, riders and drivers of public transportation, in addition to motor vehicle drivers.
Ongoing Complete Streets Projects
- Commonwealth Avenue (In progress)
- King-Callahan-Russell Intersection Improvement Project (In progress)
- Potomac Avenue and Glebe Road Intersection Improvements (In progress)
- Duke Street at West Taylor Run (In progress)
- Seminary Road (Monitoring)
- Rayburn-Reading Avenues Complete Streets Project (In progress)
- Mount Vernon Avenue North (In progress)
- Lynhaven Neighborhood Slow Zone Pilot Project (In progress)
- Polk Avenue Sidewalk Safe Routes to School Project (In progress)
- Automated Speed Enforcement in School Zones (in progress)
Trails, Sidewalks, and Pedestrian Safety
- Trails (Shared Use Path Capital Improvement Program)
- Vision Zero
- Residential Sidewalk Program
- Pedestrian Crosswalks and Signals
- Brick Sidewalks and Sidewalk Design Guidelines
- Pedestrian Safety in Rosemont & Del Ray
- Alexandria Fire Department Response to Pedestrians Struck and Bicycle Crashes (April 2014)