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Bike Boulevards

Example of a bike boulevard

Due to limited space, traffic volume and transit operations, Columbia Pike cannot accommodate extensive bicycling facilities; therefore, convenient routes on parallel secondary streets are a safer, more practical alternative. Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services plans to create two bike boulevards, approximately 4.3 miles long, parallel to Columbia Pike – along 9th Street South and 12th Street South. Features of the bike boulevards include:

  • Enhanced on‐street route, some new street and trail links
  • Improvements to street alignment
  • New signage, pavement markings and crosswalks

County staff will work closely with the local residential and business communities to ensure that these routes also meet the needs of the area neighborhoods. Get the latest construction information.

View the 12th Street bike boulevard concept plan.

12th Street bike boulevard concept plan.

Enhancing Safety and Access

The Columbia Pike bike boulevards aim to improve safety and access for bicycles and pedestrians. Designs include improvements to four challenging pedestrian crossings. County staff have assessed each intersections’ unique challenges and proposed changes for:
  • South Walter Reed Drive and 9th Street South
  • South Walter Reed Drive and 12th Street South
  • South Glebe Road and 9th Street South
  • South George Mason Drive and 13th Street South
View the 9th Street bike boulevard concept plan.

9th Street bike boulevard concept plan.

The proposed projects should significantly improve pedestrian safety, including people walking to and from Randolph Elementary School, Patrick Henry Elementary School, Columbia Pike Library, Arlington Career Center, and Arlington Transit (ART) and Metrobus stops.

Updates to Concept Plans

March 2014 Update

  • Our traffic analysis showed that the intersections of South Glebe Road at 9th Street South and South Walter Reed Drive at 12th Street South did not warrant the installation of HAWK Beacons, but the South Glebe Road at 9th Street South intersection will have a rectangular rapid flashing beacon and crosswalk installed with no turn restrictions. The South Walter Reed Drive at 12th Street South intersection will only have curb and crosswalk improvements with no turn restrictions.
Updated 9th Street South from South Wayne Street to South Highland Street concept plan.

Updated 9th Street South between Wayne and Highland Streets concept.

  • The intersections of South Walter Reed Drive at 9th Street South and South George Mason Drive at 13th Street South warrant HAWK Beacons. The design for these two beacons will begin in April 2014.
  • The section of 9th Street South from South Ivy Street to South Irving Street will not be included in improvements at this time. Staff will revisit this section after the implementation of the rest of the bike boulevards.
  • From South Highland Street to South Cleveland Street, the bike boulevards are moving from 12th Street South to 11th Street South. This will allow for the use of the 11th Street South and South Walter Reed Drive intersection, which is signalized. The 12th Street South at South Walter Reed Drive intersection will not have a HAWK Beacon or turn restrictions but will still be improved for safer crossings.
Final George Mason Drive and 12th Street South plan.

Final George Mason Drive and 12th Street South plan.

  • The intersections of South George Mason Drive at 13th Street South and South Quincy Street at 12th Street South are expected to go to construction in summer 2014 when schools are out.

June 2012 Update The following areas will not be included in this project as noted in previous plans:

  • The intersection at 9th Street South and South Walter Reed Drive will be improved as part of a separate Arlington County transportation project.
  • 9th Street South between Ivy and Irving will have sharrows going westbound, and eastbound bicyclists will use the interim route of South Ivy Street to 7th Street South to South Irving Street while staff works with the community to develop a better solution.
  • Final South Quincy Street and 12th Street South plan.

    Final South Quincy Street and 12th Street plan.

    12th Street South improvements will not include the trail through Doctor’s Run Park, only the intersection improvements at either end. Work on the trail in Doctor’s Run Park will be completed as a separate project. The lower trail from the school trail to George Mason Drive will be improved as part of Neighborhood Conservation project. The upper trail from the school trail to South Quincy Street has numerous large trees and drainage issues that also require it to be addressed in a separate project.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Bicycle Advisory Committee – April 7
  • Columbia Heights Executive Committee – April 14
  • Updated Walter Reed Drive and 12th Street South concept.

    Updated Walter Reed Drive and 12th Street South concept.

    Penrose – April 15

  • Alcova Heights – April 24
  • Arlington Heights – May 13
  • Douglas Park – June 17

Funding

The $1 million project is funded through local funds.