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
(deadline: September 30, 2019)
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