Glendale Avenue Contra-Flow Bike Lane
About the Project
The City plans to install its first contra-flow bike lane along East Glendale Ave, between Mount Vernon Avenue and Leslie Avenue. A contra-flow bike lane allows people biking to safely ride against one-way traffic. This project will provide a safe and direct cycling connection between Mount Vernon Avenue and the Potomac Yard Trail.
The Alexandria Mobility Plan (2021) identified East Glendale Avenue as a bicycle route planned to be improved with shared lane markings. Currently, East Glendale Ave is only traversable via a one-way westbound lane, making it difficult for people riding bikes to travel eastbound. However, East Glendale Ave is wide enough to accommodate a contra-flow bicycle lane to facilitate people biking eastbound.
No parking will be removed because of this project. The contra-flow bike lane will be separated from westbound traffic by a double-yellow line. To complete the connection where East Glendale Ave serves two-way traffic (between Leslie Ave and Main Line Blvd), new sharrow markings will be installed.
Implementation is expected to start in 2023 once Glendale Avenue is re-paved.
What is a Contra-Flow Bike Lane?
Contra-flow bike lanes enable bicyclists to operate in two directions on one-way streets.
These lanes provide more convenient or direct connections for people biking, and are often in short connecting segments where there is adequate roadway width for an exclusive lane. Contra-flow bike lanes have been used in many communities, including DC and Arlington.
Process & Timeline
Planning and Engagement: June 2023
Design: June 2023
Construction: Fall 2023*
*The contra-flow lane will be installed once East Glendale Avenue is repaved.
For more information about this project or to provide comments, please contact Bryan Hayes, Complete Streets Coordinator, at email@example.com.