As part of a repaving program, bike lanes and sharrows will be added to Cameron and Prince Streets (and Duke and Royal) in Old Town Alexandria. The corridors, which are about 75% bike lanes and 25% sharrowed lanes, will connect the King Street Metro and the Mt. Vernon Trail. The King Street Metro itself is becoming a bicycle hub, with lanes on Commonwealth and King Street west of the Metro and trails along Buchanan and through Hoffs Run converging on it.
The lanes, which come straight out of the city's recently updated Bicycle Master Plan, will be built without removing parking or traffic lanes, but sharrows will be used where the road is too narrow. The project will be about 75% bike lanes and 25% sharrows. The lanes are not expected to result in any new traffic delays, but should have a calming effect bringing speeds closer to the 25 mph limit.
In addition the project will add pedestrian countdown timers and curb ramps.
Yvonne Weight Callahan, president of the Old Town Civic Association said "I don't regard Complete Streets, specifically on Cameron and on Prince, as particularly necessary projects." She then goes on to list several incidents where pedestrians or dogs were injured or killed by motorists. If only there were some program meant to prevent those crashes. That program might even be viewed as particularly necessary, but I can't think of one.
[Aside: Callahan mentions that a pedestrian was recently hit by a cyclist in the Wilkes Street Tunnel (bad) and that the cyclist then rode away (worse)]
Interestingly, she notes that the city can't fine drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians unless it is in a "specially-marked crosswalk" meaning that there are signs there stating that fines can be imposed. The city attorney and Police Department are working to fix the ordinance.