Our Recommended Cross Section for the Realigned Columbia Pike

A Safe, Sustainable Columbia Pike

As part of Arlington National Cemetery's Southern Expansion, the Army is working with Arlington County to realign the east end of Columbia Pike. The preferred alternative will result in completely rebuilding a significant stretch of Columbia Pike - an unbelievable opportunity we rarely see.

Last year, over 100 Arlington citizens spoke up for a better design for this new stretch of Columbia Pike. As a result of that action, the Army has committed to separate space for bicycles and pedestrians, but not to a specific design. They haven't committed to a width, a layout, or included any sort of design in their Environmental Assessment and yet they have declared that their project will have "No Significant Impact" on the environment.  We think a poorly designed bike & pedestrian connection on the newly-realigned Columbia Pike could have major environmental implications given how far away the next closest safe bike & pedestrian routes are between Columbia Pike and Pentagon City.

Our proposed cross-section can be seen here as well as at the top of this page. It includes:

  • 6' sidewalks on both side of the Pike.
  • A 12' two-way protected bike lane (PBL) on the North side of the Pike.
  • 5' tree-pits between the south-side sidewalk and the road, this space could also house transit stations for Eastbound transit.
  • 5' tree pits between the north-side sidewalk and the PBL to provide shade to both pedestrians and cyclists and to clearly demarcate the separation between those dedicated spaces.
  • 6' between the PBL and the road for transit stations, streetlights, benches, bike racks and additional trees.
  • Two travel lanes in each direction with the curb lane wider to support transit buses.
  • A 10' area in the center for a turn lane (where needed). Where a turn lane is unneeded, that 10' could support additional street trees, stormwater treatment & retention areas as well as serve as a pedestrian refuge for the pedestrian crossing at the Air Force Memorial

Take action NOW to ask for a safe, sustainable design for this long new stretch of Columbia Pike

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(deadline: September 30, 2019)

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