After analysis of several alternatives, County staff developed a recommendation for a bicycle network that forms a pair of one-way north/south bicycle facilities along with improvements to east/west streets. The alternative is feasible within the four-year timeframe and will complement transit and requires minimal changes to the curb line.
Following public input, a preferred alternative will be developed and implemented within two to four years, coordinating County efforts and integrating improvements into private development projects where appropriate.
The proposed network includes:
Southbound protected bike lane on Crystal Drive
Northbound, contraflow protected bike lane on South Clark/Bell Street – a contraflow bike lane operates in the opposite direction of traffic (one example is on 11th Street South east of Walter Reed Drive)
Cross street improvements
County staff have been working with developers to deliver improved east-west connections, since many street improvements in this area depend on changes that will be delivered as part of private developments.
Work to date has resulted in the following potential connections between Crystal Drive and South Clark/Bell Street:
15th Street South – a partially buffered/protected bike lane eastbound; a buffered bike lane westbound with a physical barrier separating the bike lane from the vehicle lane
18th Street South – a buffered bike lane eastbound; a partially buffered/protected bike lane westbound
23rd Street South – a protected bike lane in each direction
26th Street South – a westbound buffered bike lane connecting Crystal Drive and the contraflow bike lane on South Clark/Bell Street