Quincy St PBL Extension to the Custis Trail
Arlington County is getting ready to repave N Quincy Street between Fairfax Drive and I-66. This represents a huge opportunity to create a nearly-continuous low-stress bike route between the Custis Trail and the heart of Ballston. An existing protected bike lane connects from Glebe Rd to Fairfax Drive, standard bike lanes go from Fairfax Drive most of the way to Washington Blvd, but with a scary gap around the Washington Blvd intersection.
The important community amenities in the area (Washington-Lee HS, Central Library, Quincy Park, Mosaic Park, etc), along with the opportunity to connect a major activity center (Ballston) with the trail network make this a critical link to make not just "bikeable" but safe, comfortable and low-stress.
The County has outlined three proposed street configurations, but only Option C provides a continuous low-stress facility. In order to do so, it eliminates a fair amount of on-street parking which the County claims "would present on-street parking challenges". HOWEVER, their analysis of parking utiliziation fails to include the on-street parking spaces right around the corner on 13th Street and 14th Street. The same parking utilization study that the County references indicates that 13th Street is never more than 40-60% full and 14th Street is never more than 60-80% full. Those streets could handily accommodate the displaced cars, people just need to walk around the corner to their car. In addition, Option C, for some reason, chooses to eliminate the parking on the West Side of the block between Washington Blvd and 13th Street (which holds 18 cars) instead of eliminating the parking on the East Side of the block, which only holds 9 cars. If on-street parking is a concern, this is an easy way to get several parking spaces back without endangering students biking to school.
The End Result
Option C would result in a drastically improved cycling experience along this stretch of Quincy that would help people get around the area in a healthy, climate-friendly way. It would improve access to Washington-Lee, Quincy Park, Central Library, Mosaic Park and the Ballston Commercial District. It would improve safety and help entice people who are currently comfortable riding on trails, but not on-street, to leave the Custis and come down into the heart of Ballston to patronize its shops, restaurants and amenities. It would provide the thousands of residents of Ballston a low-stress bike connection to County trails and the thousands of Ballston workers with a better connection if they want to try biking to work. All of this by just having some folks park across the street or around the corner from where they are currently parking. These kind of projects are how we get to sustainable mobility in Arlington County.
Take the Survey - support Option C for safer streets, a safer ride to school and a more sustainable future for Arlington.