The North Pedestrian and Bicycle Boulevard project developed out of the City’s Independence Area Sidewalk and Bikeway Improvements (ISB) program to provide pedestrian and bicycle improvements that will enhance neighborhood mobility and accessibility to transit and provide community and economic resources throughout the Independence Boulevard corridor.
The ISB program evaluated the existing pedestrian and bicycle conditions within the study area to improve connectivity and transportation choices and support revitalization and well-being. Out of the study, 27 projects were evaluated against the goals of the program and public support via a comprehensive evaluation process. Four recommended projects were identified for future design along the North and South Independence Boulevard corridor, and the North Pedestrian and Bicycle Boulevard project was one of the four projects.
This project will provide an east/west shared-use path north of and parallel to Independence Boulevard (US-74) from the Campbell Creek Greenwayto the east to the proposed Edwards Branch and Briar CreekGreenways to the west. Connecting the communities of Idlewild South, Coventry Woods, Sheffield Park, Eastway Park, Commonwealth Morningside and Plaza Midwood, the trail will provide a safer and more pleasant connection for pedestrians and cyclists in these neighborhoods.
At its western terminus at the Briar Creek Greenway, the project will connect to existing and proposed sidewalks and bicycle facilities in Chantilly and Elizabeth, allowing users to travel to uptown. Once completed, the North Independence area sidewalk and bikeway improvements project will allow residents to walk or cycle almost the entire length of the Independence corridor, without crossing Independence Boulevard more than once.
The path will consist of wide sidewalk and bicycle shared-lane markings (or sharrows) along local streets, with a joint walking/cycling trail and bicycle lanes in some areas. It will allow safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at major streets, such as Idlewild Road, North Sharon Amity Road, Albemarle Road, Eastway Drive, Briar Creek Road and new street connections proposed under the Land Acquisition and Street Connections program. The project also will include signage to direct pedestrians and cyclists to area anchors, such as schools, parks, retail, other trails and greenways.