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    City of Alexandria


    Prince and Cameron Streets Complete Streets project -- Bike lanes completed


    Wilkes Street: Trail realigned at Rte 1


    Taney Avenue bike lanes stripe· Taney Ave Park trail connection status?

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    Arlington County

    Washington Blvd bike lanes approved. https://www.arlnow.com/2017/04/19/pl...nes-abandoned/

    New green bike lanes on 18th Street east from Eads Street (no link, but I saw them)

    Four Mile Run Trail reopened, resurfaced (widened?) between Eads Street and Rte 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    City of Alexandria

    Wilkes Street: Trail realigned at Rte 1
    Trail realignment has yet to occur. City is waiting for Dominion to relocate a light that is in the path of the planned trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    Trail realignment has yet to occur. City is waiting for Dominion to relocate a light that is in the path of the planned trail.

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    The one time I wish a car would careen off the road and damage something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Keeping the slip lane is not safe because it does not slow drivers down as they approach the crosswalk. That is a current problem that other posters have mentioned. Even if the crossing were moved farther from the intersection with the bigger island, the fundamental issue of drivers not yielding remains.

    The problem of turning radius is one that has seemingly been solved at other intersections throughout the county, so I think we could easily increase the turning radius of that corner as necessary or increase the width of the right lane so that larger vehicles have room to maneuver.

    I think removing the slip lane entirely and converting the now-closed right lane to a right turn only lane that has a dedicated green arrow for the start of the WB Walter Reed Dr green cycle (starts with green left turn arrow) would be the better solution. It doesn't compare to the Intersection of Doom because drivers are not entering the intersection directly from a high speed interstate off-ramp and there aren't 2 right turn lanes.
    If we did this, then the intersection would be pretty similar to turning right from 4 Mile Run to Walter Reed where the W&OD is. That's a safer intersection as most cars are good about being aware for bikes and runners, and know they have to yield right of way.

    Right now a considerable amount of traffic coming from Arlington Mill disregards their obligation to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. The slip lane is a considerable part of that problem.

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    I believe recalling that the trucks and buses which call at the nearby Trades Center (between Shirlington and the AWLA) were a reason for maintaining the slip lane.

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    A new trail in Greenbelt bypasses the congested area around Beltway Plaza Mall. This trail connects Branchville Ave (the main access road to Lake Artemesia) with Cherrywood Lane (a main bike route in Greenbelt, which goes past the Metro etc.)

    Here's how it looks as your heading north-ish (toward Greenbelt) from Lake Artemesia. Entrance is by the PG metals scrapyard on the left. Exit is at the newly built (not quite open) ADA ramp at the three-way stop intersection of Cherrywood Lane and Breezewood Drive.





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    when you come to the fork in the road, take it...





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    Happy trails!





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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Keeping the slip lane is not safe because it does not slow drivers down as they approach the crosswalk. That is a current problem that other posters have mentioned. Even if the crossing were moved farther from the intersection with the bigger island, the fundamental issue of drivers not yielding remains.
    I agree that the main problem is drivers using the slip lane, looking left and not slowing enough. What if a crossing "table" were used here? The crosswalk is raised to the level of the sidewalk, forcing traffic to slow down and pay attention. That, along with signage and perhaps flashing yellow might help increase safety for people walking and biking.

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