Columbia Pike Bike Boulevards

Location

Approximately 4.3 miles long, parallel to Columbia Pike along Ninth Street South and 12th Street South.

Status

In Design
  • August 2014 – The intersections of South George Mason Drive at 13th Street South and South Quincy Street at 12th Street South will go to construction when schools are out of session.
  • Summer 2014 – The South Glebe Road at Ninth Street South intersection will have a rectangular rapid flashing beacon and crosswalk installed with no turn restrictions.
  • April 2014 – The design for two HAWK beacons at the intersections of South Walter Reed Drive at Ninth Street South and South George Mason Drive at 13th Street South started.

About the Project

Due to limited space, traffic volume and transit operations, Columbia Pike cannot accommodate extensive biking facilities; therefore, convenient routes on parallel secondary streets are a safer, more practical alternative. Bike boulevards are:

  • Located on low-volume and low-speed streets (25 MPH).
  • Logical, direct and continuous routes.
  • Marked with clear signage and street markings.
  • Provide convenient access to desired destinations.
  • Comfortable and safe crossings for bikers and pedestrians at intersections.

The proposed projects should significantly improve pedestrian safety at four challenging intersections, 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.

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.

The following areas won't be included in this project as noted in previous plans:

  • The intersection at Ninth Street South and South Walter Reed Drive will be improved as part of a separate project.
  • 12th Street South improvements won't 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.

Additional updates to the original concept plans:

  • Ninth Street South between South Ivy Street and South Irving Street will have sharrows going westbound, and eastbound bikers will use the interim route of South Ivy Street to Seventh Street South to South Irving Street while staff works with the community to develop a better solution. The section of Ninth Street South from South Ivy Street to South Irving Street won't be included in improvements at this time. Staff will revisit this section after the implementation of the remainder 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 won't have a HAWK beacon or turn restrictions, but will still be improved for safer crossings.
  • Traffic analysis showed that the intersections of South Glebe Road at Ninth Street South and South Walter Reed Drive at 12th Street South didn't warrant the installation of HAWK beacons. The South Glebe Road at Ninth 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.
  •  The intersections of South Walter Reed Drive at Ninth Street South and South George Mason Drive at 13th Street South warrant HAWK beacons. The design for these two beacons began in April 2014.

Public Process

Initial community meetings were held with adjacent civic associations in summer 2012.

Additional community meetings were held with County staff in April, May and June 2014 with the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Columbia Heights Executive Committee, and the Penrose, Alcova Heights, Arlington Heights, and Douglas Park civic associations.

Funding

The $1 million project is funded through local funds as part of the Columbia Pike Complete Streets Program.