Glebe Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

Page updated on Feb 2, 2018 at 6:19 PM

Glebe after

New bike lane on East Glebe Road

Project Background 

East and West Glebe Road, between Russell Road and Route 1 was evaluated for improvements to address community concerns regarding pedestrian & bicyclists safety, excessive vehicle speeds, difficultly accessing bus stops and a lack of clarity for left-turning motorists at the Route 1 intersection.

Project Goals

To address concerns raised by residents, the project goals were identified as the following:

  • Improve the safety and convenience for all street users
  • Provide facilities for people who walk, bike, ride transit or drive cars
  • Implement City Council adopted plans and policies, such as the City's Complete Streets Policy and Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan.

Plans

The project will address the goals by making the following improvements:

East Glebe Road, between Commonwealth and Route 1:

  • Narrowing existing travel lane widths that encourage vehicular speeding
  • No right turn on red signage for southbound Commonwealth Avenue
  • Installation of high visibility crosswalks
  • Installation of concrete loading pads to make bus stops ADA-compliant
  • Provides greater clarity for motorists turning left from Glebe Road
  • Installation of bicycle climbing lane facilities in the eastbound direction between Commonwealth Ave. and Route 1
    • Reduces effective crossing distance for pedestrians
    • Visually narrows the travel lane width for drivers and reduces vehicle speeds
    • Does not impact parking or turn lanes at the Route 1 intersection.
    • Priority shared lane markings in the westbound direction between Route 1 and Wilson Ave.
  • Installation of bicycle lanes in the westbound direction between Wilson Ave. and Commonwealth Ave.
  • Provides bicycle box on southbound Commonwealth Ave. 
    • Increases visibility of bicyclists at intersection
    • Prevent  conflicts with cyclists going straight and right turning vehicles
    • Pedestrians benefit from reduced vehicle encroachment into the crosswalk  
    • Accommodates left turning bicyclists turning from the right-side bike lanes on southbound Commonwealth Avenue to the right-side bike lanes on eastbound East Glebe Road toward Potomac Yard

A typical cross-section showing the plan for East Glebe Road is shown below. 

East Glebe Cross Section

West Glebe Road, between Russell Road and Mount Vernon Ave.

  • Narrowing existing travel lane widths that encourage vehicular speeding
  • Installation of high visibility crosswalks at Russell Road
  • Installation of concrete pads to make bus stops ADA-compliant
  • Installation of priority shared lane markings in both directions

Public Outreach

Final Plan

More detailed information can be found on the final design plan.

Implementation Timeline

  • June 2016 - Markings on East Glebe Road between Route 1 and Commonwealth Ave. to be installed
  • July 2016 - Bicycle box to be installed on Commonwealth Ave.
  • Spring 2017 - Markings on West Glebe Road between Commonwealth Ave. and Russell Road to be installed in conjunction with resurfacing

Project Contact

For questions and additional information, please contact Call.Click.Connect staff online or at 703.746.HELP (703.746.4357).

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