Comments for “Little River Turnpike Bicycle Corridor Study”

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  1. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    The trail here is newly paved all the way to Braddock, making connections to this corridor even more important.

  2. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    King Arthur should be a designated bike route, and there's plenty of room for a striped bike lane. Saxony to Camelot is calmer, and provides a shorter connection to the CCT via the Camelot community club's road to the parking area, but a local landowner who bought the property immediately West of the road (decades after the prior owner granted the community an easement) has bullied the county into fencing off a perfectly safe and reasonable connection. The county should revisit acquiring this important connection.

  3. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    There is a trail from here up to Pine Ridge park, pavement is in decent, but not great condition. It is often quite occluded by tree branches, leaves, etc. Despite this, It affords a much safer connection than any other route, especially woodburn road, which will get you killed. It is not signed on either end, and is little known. It should be signed, and perhaps improved. The access to chivalry road is a bit of a choke, as it is a reduced-width sidewalk.

  4. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    This is by far the safest route between Dunn Loring metro and 236, but it's not marked as a cycling route. It should be. contining down along wellness BLVD then the outlet to Pine Ridge Park. Pine ridge needs only a little paving through its parking area to connect to a surface trail that runs directly onto the calm streets of the Camelot neighborhood, which makes for direct, safe access to the accotink trail that connects to 236 at Americana park.

  5. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    Connection down to 236 study corridor currently is safest at this point -- but it's still not safe. It requires navigating some frontage road / parking lot and a signaled pedestrian crossing for rte 50 that only has a button on the West side of Williams Drive.

  6. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    Merrillee and Eskridge are currently decent options for cycling between the new Metro Hub and Little River TPKE, with access through Camelot Neighborhood. On-street route from here south could be achieved with lane markings. The traffic isn't terrible so far, and squeezing it in with lane striping should calm it. Another option is widening a lane on one side of the streets.

  7. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    The railroad right of way makes the best sense as a direct route into Alexandria from this location. Some sort of fenced-off, separated multiuse corridor would be IDEAL, if the RR could be incented to work with it.

  8. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    The corridor cannot just end here. The 395 crossing is the most dangerous one along the entire route into Alexandria. The ramps here and at Van Dorn are deaths waiting to happen.

  9. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    Consider using this network of frontage roads as a good cycling lane alternative. They need repaving, however, as they're horrible, and they would need copious signage and markings. Cars in this corridor believe they're in a car-free zone, because it's strip-mall hell. They do not expect, look for, or respect cyclists.

  10. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    This crossing NEEDS a flashing yield sign for traffic merging onto the beltway. Cars have just navigated a merge, and they are looking forward to putting on the gas, and they DO NOT look for pedestrians or cyclists.

  11. Stringio

    Added October 11 2017

    Illicit parking and connection. During construction of hot lanes, an unofficial parking area and an access path were created for heavy equipment. Afterward, nothing was done, and now there is an illicit parking area and a gravel path which is badly eroding, and with every rainfall, deposits loose sand, mud and gravel onto the paved trail. This needs to be addressed immediately, as it is a trail hazard on a blind corner, downhill to a bridge where pedestrians congregate to sightsee and fish. It is doubtful that you can stop the flow of bikes and pedestrians from this access point, and it makes a good one for the mill creek neighborhood. However, the erosion must be addressed immediately.

  12. Stringio

    Added March 21 2017

    A grant from transurban could easily fund a bike path that circles the 495 beltway and connects several of the longer paths into DC and burbs. This would create a spoke and hub that opens up bike access to thousands and could be the organizing feature bike facility development for the next 60 years.

  13. Stringio

    Added March 21 2017

    intersection of annandale road, Hummer, and Gallows Road is very dangerous for pedestrians. Bike path disappears into a narrow roadway, turning vehicles with no line of sight to cyclists, no sidewalk or shoulder, terrible pavement condition. Worst of all this is where a very good, long bike lane ends. Not practical to put these lanes on busy roads and dead-end (literally) into busy, high-volume intersections.

  14. Stringio

    Added March 01 2017

    Old Columbia Pike is too narrow even for cars much less bicycles and pedestrians. There is no sidewalk. In many places, there is a ditch immediately on both sides of the road. This road needs to be widened with dedicated bicycle lanes from Lincolnia through LRT and to Braddock Road. Let's do it!

  15. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    And again, WB path suddenly just disappears and you have no good way of getting to the traffic lanes without jumping into a busy right turn lane.

  16. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    Once again, if you were using the frontage road as not to get killed by cars on the shoulders, you're stopped with no way to get back to the main lanes.

  17. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    This intersection is really dangerous, even in a car. All these unnecessary cutouts to LRTpke create a ton of confusion for drivers, and they're trapped there, needing to use the Pizza Hut parking lot to get onto prosperity.

  18. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    There's no good way to access this path and it is narrow, bumpy, and completely neglected.

  19. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    Surprise! If you were using the rontage road here as not to get killed, you're stuck. Have fun trying to get back to the traffic lanes.

  20. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    This choke point will get you killed traveling WB. You need to live in the turn lane, which cars don't quite understand, but when you reach lake here, you're stuck with a horribly crossing into a mess, no sidewalk, just some rutted ground, a building that for some reason lives across the upcoming frontage road, and no way to get to that frontage road if you make it across alive.

  21. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    These sections of path are too narrow, and badly maintained.

  22. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    Again, as a connecting trail, this could be a good option but the county has let the pavement become completely destroyed through here. Root upwellings are 2-4" high and there are giant holes and entire sections of trail falling away at unmaintained culvert crossings. The gravel sections further west are smoother than the broken, neglected pavement here.

  23. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    Accotink trail to Old Lee HWY is a decent route to get to downtown FFX, but for the fact that the trail has been so utterly neglected by the county. Sections of the newest piece (near this marker) are crumbling into the creek and roots are pushing up curbs perpendicular to the trail, making it very hazardous. West of King Arthur, the trail is so washed out and rutted, with such huge rocks and loose gravel, that it's dangerous and narrowing as entire sections erode into the creek.

  24. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    I live in Camelot, lived in Fall Church and commuted for 5 years in and out to Alexandria on the corridors there. I had to stop when we moved here, because little river tpke (only 10 miles to my job!) is an absolute traffic disaster. I would love to be able to ride to FFX city too, but TPKE traffic needs to be slowed down and intersections need more thought to getting cyclists across. Shoulders need to be widened because the few pieces of trail alongside are narrow, old, beat to hell, overgrown with noxious weeds, and covered with broken glass and sand. This could be a great biking corridor if traffic were calmed, first job.

  25. Stringio

    Added November 24 2016

    This uphill (traveling west) is very dangerous as it's got no space for cyclists, they're moving slowly, and the traffic coming off the beltway is moving WAY too quickly. The speed limit here is 45, but cars frequently do 55 because the road is wide and divided and looks like a highway to them. It needs a lower speed limit (as in FFX city) and traffic calming like pinch points at intersections, narrowed lanes to provide bike lanes, etc.