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Alexandria soliciting feedback on plans to add bike lanes and more to Van Dorn-area road

S. Pickett Street (image via Google Maps)

S. Pickett Street runs from Duke Street down past S. Van Dorn Street, and some of that road may soon have new bike lanes.

From Edsall Road up to Duke Street, past the West End Village shopping center and a series of condominiums, the city is considering bike lanes on the four-lane road.

According to the project website:

South Pickett Street is a four-lane roadway that provides access between Duke Street and Edsall Road. West of Edsall Road, it is a two-lane roadway with bike lanes and on-street parking. South Pickett Street features a mix of land uses, including high-density residential and commercial properties.

The Proposed Bicycle Network in the adopted Alexandria Mobility Plan calls for a dedicated bicycle facility on South Pickett Street. The City’s Complete Streets Five-Year Work Plan includes a project to evaluate bike lanes on South Pickett Street. A bike lane would not only improve safety for people biking, but could enhance safety for people driving, create opportunities for enhanced pedestrian crossings, and provide traffic calming.

An online feedback form includes a walkthrough of the site’s existing conditions, noting that bicycles in multiple places are forced to either ride in traffic in the street or on the sidewalk and multiple intersections have inadequate crosswalks.

The survey form asks readers how they travel on the road, issues they have with the corridor, and why they travel on S. Pickett Street. Finally, the survey asks what should be added or left unchanged to the street, and whether there were treatments on other streets that should be applied to S. Pickett Street.

Image via Google Maps

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