Alexandria seeking community feedback on bike lanes and other changes to West End street

Alexandria is seeking community feedback on a series of changes to South Pickett Street in the West End, including new pedestrian safety measures and protected bike lanes.

The project would cover S. Pickett Street from Duke Street down to Edsall Road. That route along the West End Village shopping center, Hillwood Condominiums, and ends near Samuel Tucker Elementary School.

“Today, South Pickett Street serves fast-moving vehicular traffic, has very few pedestrian crossings despite a robust crossing demand, and has no bicycle facilities,” a city report said. “This corridor has gradually been redeveloping into a higher-density neighborhood conducive to non-automobile travel, but the existing street design is challenging and hostile for people walking, biking, and taking transit.”

The road, currently four lanes, could be cut to two lanes for car traffic, one center-running turn lane, and a protected bike lane on each side of the street.

Proposed new design for S. Pickett Street (image via Google Maps)

The report said “no significant differences in traffic operations” was expected based on a traffic analysis.

Other proposed changes include:

  • Dedicated center turning lane
  • Posted speed limit reduction to 25 mph
  • New pedestrian crossings at key locations
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Upgrades to pedestrian ramps
  • Lead Pedestrian Intervals and no turn on red restrictions at signalized intersections

Feedback can be submitted online until May 5. A virtual community meeting on the project is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The meeting ID is 968 5930 1979 and the passcode is 968 5930 1979.

Following community feedback, the city said recommendations will be sent to the Traffic and Parking Board later this spring or this summer.

Image via Google Maps