After a series of studies, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services (DES) staff have recommended not to place bicycle facilities along North Glebe Road in the Ballston area between Fairfax Drive and Henderson Road; instead, they recommend the creation of a neighborhood network of parallel bicycle routes that provide opportunities to cross North Glebe Road, connect to surrounding streets and the regional network.
Last summer, the County Board instructed DES "to review bike facilities on Glebe Road from North Fairfax Drive to North Henderson Road and report within 12 months whether Glebe Road can be modified to safely accommodate bicycles and if so, what the design of a facility would be.”
Staff collected data, modeled several types of bicycle facilities, and analyzed outcomes for a build-out year of 2020. Staff determined that bicycle facilities placed on North Glebe Road would create dangerous bicycle-vehicle conflicts, increase vehicle delay at intersections, lengthen crossing times for pedestrians, and cause the elimination of on-street parking on North Glebe Road (currently permitted during off-peak hours)
You can read the full report here.
The report recommends a set of 6 smaller changes to make biking better in the area. They can be seen on the image below. This includes:
- extending the Bluemont Trail along Lubber Run and then east a block to Wakefield
- Extending Wakefield Street a block north
- Widening the sidewalk along Wilson Blvd for a block
- Signing an alley to allow for contraflow bike traffic
- Restripe North Tazewell to allow contraflow bike traffic
- Install bike lanes or sharrows on part of North Henderson Street
- Add a protected bike lane on N. Quincy.
Of particular note is proposed bicycle access to 750 North Glebe Road. This is the location of the site plan project that generated the Arlington County board’s concern regarding bicycle access on North Glebe Road. A Capital Bikeshare station is proposed for the site, as is parking for cargo bicycles (for grocery shopping) as well as outdoor (sidewalk) and indoor (garage) parking for 222 bicycles.
I'm not sure if this creates a great alternative or if, as they claim, the best facility possible would not be very good or worth the cost; but there you have it.