Crystal City Bike Network

Status

Preliminary Proposal

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Background

In March 2020, the County Board directed the County Manager to develop a plan for improving the bicycle network in Crystal City within the next four years, by Dec. 31, 2024. The Board’s direction was in response to resident and County advisory committee feedback that the neighborhood needed better bicycle facilities to address frequent blocking of existing bike lanes.

The area covered by this plan is bounded by Richmond Highway (Route 1) on the west and Crystal Drive on the east, from the Alexandria border north to Long Bridge Park.

From the March 2020 County Board Resolution:

  • "[D]evelop a plan for delivering a network of enhanced bicycling facilities such as protected or buffered bike lanes, east of Richmond Highway, from the Alexandria border extending north to Long Bridge Park."
  • "Bring the plan forward for public input with consideration for trade-offs within the right-of-way that would be required to provide enhanced bicycle facilities while maintaining or enhancing facilities for pedestrians and transit."
  • "[I]mplement the plan in a strategic manner within the next two to four years and no later than Dec. 31, 2024, coordinating both County efforts and timelines with those for entitled private developments, integrating improvement into development project where appropriate."

This plan is an opportunity to advance improvements identified in previous County planning efforts. The Crystal City Sector Plan, published in 2010, called for comprehensive transit and bicycle networks in the neighborhood. In 2019, the County adopted an updated Bike Element, part of the County’s Master Transportation Plan, which focused on creating a safe and connected bike network throughout Arlington.