As part of its Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, the City of Alexandria created a Progress and Existing Conditions Report. The progress report shows that while Alexandria has made progress towards the goals set in the 2008 Mobility Report, in most cases it did not meet its targets.
- Goal: 3% bike commuting by 2011.
- Reality: Bike commuting increased from 0.5% in 2008 to 1% in 2013
- Goal: All schools counting bike use and 5% biking to school by 2011
- Reality: Only 4 schools are reporting, and only 1% are commuting by bike as of 2014
- Goal: Keep number of bicycle-car crashes at 14 per year or lower trhough 2011
- Reality: 19 average crashes over last 10 years, and 16 in 2014
- Goal: Proposed bike network 50% complete by 2011
- Reality: 27% complete in 2014
- Goal: City will begin a log of maintenance requests related to its bikeways network, post the log online for public viewing, and seek to reduce its maintenance backlog by a number to be determined
- Reality: City collects maintenance requests via the Call.Click.Connect, which is available for public viewing. The City has not developed a tracking system for maintenance requests, but is proposing to include a tracking system as part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update.
- Goal: Add 500 new bike racks by 2009
- Reality: City has added 150 bike racks
- Goal: City-sponsored special events and public recreational facilities will supply plentiful bicycle parking
- Reality: Most events occur near existing bike parking and the Parks Department added 35 bike racks to parks and schools in 2014 alone.
- Goal: More than 50% of elementary aged school children will receive bicycle safety education by 2010.
- Reality: 9 ACSP schools received bicycle safety education in 2014 as part of a grant-sponsored bicycle rodeo. In the 2015-2016 school year ACPS will begin using Virginia’s revised physical education curriculum which includes pedestrian and bicycle safety education.
There have been a couple of full successes though
- Goal: Add 1 bicycle parking space for every 10 car spaces in new developments
- Reality: City has adopted bicycle parking standards that exceed the above goal, resulting in over 500 new bike parking spaces.
- Goal: Bi-annual special events in spring and fall will encourage bicycle use.
- Reality: City participates in the Commuter Challenge in April, Bike to Work Day in May, Car Free Day in September and a bike light giveaway and maintenance event in October
A draft version of the new goals can be seen here