VaDOT is working on an update to the 2003 NOVA Regional Bikeway and Trail Network Study, and they released a draft version of that update last month. After studying how much latent demand there was, what level of service cyclists were receiving and what the public expressed as priorities, they've created a draft of a new network that is " more extensive than that of 2003 and reflects the region’s progress in improving bicycle connectivity through on-road and off-road bicycle infrastructure."
20% of the bike network (108 miles in total) identified in 2003 has since been added in the region.
The 2015 Network includes 367 miles of off-road shared-use paths and trails, 61 miles of on-road bicycle lanes, 72 miles of “other notable existing” facilities, and 530 miles of proposed regional corridors.
Most of the places they've identified with latent demand are urban and already bike-friendly.
The study of bicycle level of service found that only 19% of Virginia's Regional Roadway Network was "generally considered comfortable bicycle facilities".
These comfortable cycling facilities are typically characterized by low-volume neighborhood streets or roadways with parallel shared use paths. Patrick Henry Drive (Arlington County), below, is a great example of a BLOS “A” facility, as it is predominately residential and equipped with bidirectional bicycle lanes.
58% is considered "tolerable" and the remaining 23% is "uncomfortable."
The study recommends 34 additions to the Regional Bikeway and Trails Network, with several of those being in the Alexandria and Arlington area. Many of these facilities already exist and are just being added to the map.
- In Alexandria, the study recommends adding facilities to Edsall Road between I-395 and Pickett Street and to Eisenhower Avenue from S. Van Dorn Street to Holmes Run as "proposed" in the 2015 Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.
- It also "adds" the existing sharrows on Braddock Road from W. Windsor Avenue (end of existing bike lanes) to King Street.
- On Janneys Lane / Seminary Road / N. Pickett Street / N. Pegram Road the study adds the existing bike lanes as "on-road" and the "proposed" ones from N. Quaker Road to N. Pickett Street and then continuing on N. Pickett and N. Pegram Road.; and then connecting this "proposed segment" with the existing bike lanes on N. Pegram Road, which ultimately connect to the Holmes Run Trail.
- On Braddock Road from Commonwealth Avenue to Mount Vernon Avenue it "adds" the existing sharrows.
Alexandria and Arlington
- Valley Drive/Preston Road/Martha Custis Drive - Add as "other notable existing" along W. Glebe Road, Valley Drive, and Preston Road. Existing shared lane markings. Also add "other notable existing" along Martha Custis Drive/ Shirlington Bridge/ Quincy Street to the Four Mile Run Trail
- Army-Navy Driver from Memorial Drive to S. Glebe Drive at the Four Mile Run Trail - Add as "proposed", connecting the existing Army Navy Drive bike lanes to S. Glebe Drive via S. Adams Street and 26th Road
- Boundary Channel Drive from S. Washington Boulevard to the Mount Vernon Trail via LBJ Park - Add connection in Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park as "other notable existing" and add connection from LBJ Park to S. Washington Boulevard as "proposed"
- Key Boulevard from N. Veitch Street to Kirkwood Road - Add as "other notable existing" since Key Boulevard operates as a bike boulevard, with various traffic calming measures (bulb outs, chokers, and traffic circles). Connect to Kirkwood Road on the west end via N. Jackson Street and 13th Street
- S. Washington Boulevard from US 50 (Arlington Boulevard) to Columbia Pike (Towers Park) - Add as "on-road, existing" from US 50 to S. Courthouse Road and as "proposed" from S. Courthouse Road to S. Quinn Street / Columbia Pike
- S. Abingdon Street/ 34th / S. Stafford / 33rd from 31st Street to N. Quaker Lane - Add as "on-road, existing" from 31st Street to N. Quaker Lane (existing bike lanes). Recommend that S. Wakefield Street become a signed bicycle route