Sunday, September 07, 2014

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Needs Community Input

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




The City of Alexandria Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is currently conducting the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and is conducting a number of public engagement activities over the Summer/Fall. We would appreciate it if you could post the following message on your website or to your listserve. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sindiong at 703-746-4047 or steve.sindiong@alexandriava.gov


We want to hear from you!

As part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, the City is seeking community input on existing walking and bicycle issues and needs, and ideas for improving the environment for walking and biking.  

An online survey and interactive map can be accessed from the project webpage www.alexandriava.gov/pedbikeplan
 The survey and map are available in English and Spanish and will be available for input through early October 2014.

Upcoming Meeting!

In addition, the project will host a public meeting on September 30 from 7pm to 9pm at the Minnie Howard School Library, 3801 W. Braddock Road. 

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.

 The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Geralyn.Taylor@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4084, Virginia Relay 711.
For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/PedBikePlan or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner at Steve.Sindiong@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4047


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