King Street Bicycle Lanes

 

The City of Alexandria is planning on resurfacing King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane in the fall. Within the resurfacing plans, The City is propsing to install bicycle lanes in both directions and narrow the moving lanes to calm traffic. In order to gather public feeback, The City is holding a public meeting on September 18th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria at Maury Elementary. To learn more visit: http://alexandriava.gov/localmotion/info/default.aspx?id=74320

 

Results of the poll are in: http://www.actionalexandria.org/blog/results-king-street-bike-lane-poll-are

Further comments and suggestions should be sent to Hillary Poole, hillary.poole@alexandriava.gov by Friday. 


Comments

The real problem with this stretch of King Street is the backup of traffic while waiting to get through the light at Callaghan. I fear that this will only exacerbate this problem. We should be looking at how to improve that situation, either with a longer green light or two lanes for traffic headed into Old Town. Far more cars are affected by that than bicyclists. If we can improve that traffic and have a bike lane, then fine. But "traffic calming" is unnecessary at this point, considering it is often at a standstill!!

Traffic will NOT be exasperate this problem.  No traffic lanes are being removed.  The bike lanes will not interfere with the current number of travel lanes.  Only a parking lanes will be removed.

That's a completely different issue. How would bikes off in a lane to your right make traffic back up more? They're not proposing removing a travel lane to make a bike lane, they're proposing removing a parking lane to make a bike lane. If anything, maybe more people riding bikes from that area to King Street Metro or Old Town would get some of those cars backed up at the light off the road.Just to make a quick case in point: when I still owned a car, I would *always* drive from my house in Old Town to Chinquapin even though it is only 2 miles (and I routinely ride 10 miles into DC for work so the 2 miles is nothing). Why? There is no safe way to get from one place to the other on a bike. If I'd been able to ride, that would be one less car between you and where  you're going.

I live on King St. and will be directly affected by this proposal. While I usually support bike lanes and anything that will calm traffic and get people outside and moving, loosing parking spaces in front of my home would be difficult for us and our neighbors. We live in a parking desert and have no nearby cross streets for friends or service providers to park, so loosing the spaces in front of our home would be difficult. Additionally, we have 15 or so charitable/social/political events at our home per year, and having no on-street parking would be a deal breaker for many of our guests.I've seen on Janney's Lane and Commonwealth Ave where the bike lane and roadway are one in the same (ie, no parking is lost). I respecatbly ask that the city councial weigh these facts when they consider this proposal, and vote "NO" to the current proposal that takes away resident parking.

You live in a city that was built in the 18th century. I am sorry that our ancestors didn't have the foresight that motor vehicles would exist 200 years in the future so they could have planned to provide room for your cars when designing the street layout. As for your guests, recommend that they take Metro. That way, we can prevent drinking and driving too.

The street is a "public asset" for the well being of the entire public.  Yes, the few home owners on that segment of King Street will loose the benefits of having the option of street parking directly in front of their houses, but the greater common good for the greatest number of Alexandria tax-paying residents is the proposed bike-lanes throught that difficult to bicycle section of the city.

In other words "I support bike lanes, but NIMBY or more accurately NIMFY."

Here's an idea - emminent domain the land in all those from yards for parking spaces. Since it results in free parking, all of those residents should be happy to "sell" the land for really cheap.

Are you seriously asking the City to indulge your need to hold lavish fund raisers and continue to place cyclists and pedestrians in jeopardy? You have plenty of parking on the side streets and off street parking for yourself. Don't put your inconvenience ahead of public safety.

FYI, this is the literal definition of NIMBYism. Which you're completely entitled to be, and I understand, but...own it.Commonwealth (I haven't been to Janney's) is actually a "bike route" which isn't a lane seperated by a physical barrier or paint. These are great, but only work on roads that are calm and/or have two or more lanes going in the same direction, neither of which apply to that section of King. Think about it, what you've proposed is basically the status quo--bikes *are* already permitted on that streach of King. Most bike choose to not do it because drivers apparently feel entitled to go 45mph in that zone, and could you imagine the honking and general uproar if there was a biker in one of those lanes during rush hour (also remember the very steep uphill--no cyclist is going to be making good speed)? Making it into a bike "route" (really just some paint on the road attempting to remind drivers that bikes are actually allowed on the road) wouldn't change any of that.Therefore, removing the parking "lane" and turning it into two bike lanes (one in each direction) would keep bikes and cars seperate on this route is really the only option that will accomplish the goal of creating a safe bike route from Taylor Run/Rosemont/TC Williams areas to King Street Metro. Go to Google Maps and get directions from TC Williams to King Street Metro and you'll see what I mean. The *only* way to get there is to take King Street--there's no other through street and it is far too periolous for most people.

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