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Jonathan Krall (user 33) - Comments by Date

I am writing about transportation aspects of the Beauregard Small Area Plan. As Chair of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, I appreciate that a bicycle
network is included in the Plan and that new connectivity to nearby neighborhoods and trail networks is added. However, as I review the Plan with my friends and neighbors in the West End, I am concerned about the conflicts between bicycle riders and walkers.

Illustrations of the Plan show a town center with numerous citizens walking between housing, shops, offices and transit stops. This a great illustration of the transit-focused development that has been successful in communities across the USA. The difficulty here is that, along Beauregard Street, the wide sidewalks shown in these illustrations are designated "multi-user paths." That is, they will double as a bicycle lanes, directing bicycle riders to ride through the expected crowds of shoppers and commuters. This is not ideal and is contrary to other similar developments. The Rosslyn-Balston corridor, for example, includes bike lanes throughout. In fact, this design creates conflicts that modern bicycle riders are instructed to avoid. Such instruction is promoted by Alexandria's Local Motion program.

While adding wide sidewalks would make to today's Beauregard Street much safer for bicycling, this approach makes little sense for the transit-centered Beauregard Street of the future. A modern approach would separate the cyclists from both pedestrians and motorized traffic. A good example can be seen on 15th Street in Washington, DC, where the two-way bicycle lane is separated from the main traffic lanes by plastic bollards and from the sidewalk by a curb. The plan already allocates the necessary room--it specifies a ten foot setback between the sidewalk and the buildings. That space would be better allocated to a bike lane.

The Beauregard Small Area Plan, which looks to be successful in many respects, simply does not account for the ongoing and expected increase in bicycling in Alexandria. This increase is being driven by improved utility bicycles for commuting and shopping (we expect another record-setting crowd on Bike To Work Day this year), by public promotion of health and fitness, by high gas prices, by the renewed joy of riding on our increasingly modern bike lanes and paths, and by the increasing scope of the Capital Bikeshare transit system, which moves about 5000 people per day--about half of the DASH number. As an advocate for bicycling, I am aware of the popularity of Capital Bikeshare and receive inquiries almost daily. The most common question? "When will it come to my neighborhood?" My point is that we need to design for the future.

Like most Alexandria residents, I am aware that our roads are already congested with automobiles and that our economic future and quality of life require effective and accessible mass transit. I agree with many others that simply allowing by-right development to add residents without providing non-automotive options to those new residents will make congestion much worse than it is now. As Alexandria shifts its transportation focus from moving automobiles to moving people, I am glad that our leaders and planners are asking us to modernize. I support this vision and ask that we take the proper next step by modernizing our approach to bicycling facilities.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Krall
Chair, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | March 29, 2012 - 8:55 PM | Beauregard Small Area Plan

Greetings!

I am writing to support the idea that the Waterfront Plan should pay for itself, should provide public access, and should support our business community in Old Town. As a member of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory committee, I am aware that the economic future of Alexandria depends on moving people, not cars and I am sure that the city planning and transportation staff understands this as well. I am confident that we as a city will find a way to accommodate increased commerce and tourism in a way that makes it easier, not more difficult, for citizens to travel through and enjoy our city and its culture. A robust waterfront plan will be a wonderful attraction for all citizens of Alexandria to enjoy. Thank you for your efforts to move this plan forward to for the benefit of all of us.

Best Regards,

Jonathan Krall
Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
http://sites.google.com/site/alexandriabpac/

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | November 22, 2011 - 4:03 PM | Waterfront Comment Board

I hope our City Council will vote to support transit, walking, and bicycling in Alexandria. The proposed add-on to commercial property tax was authorized by Virginia to allow localities to raise their own transportation funds. It has long-since been implemented in Arlington and Fairfax. This proposal will allow us to use local funds to build three critical transit corridors (US-1, Duke St, Beauregard St), two of which could connect to the streetcar system that is being developed in Arlington. The time to act is now--let us not become the only area near Washington DC that depends only on Metro for dedicated mass transit.

I support this proposal because both our citizens and our economy benefit when we shift our transportation focus from automobiles to people.

Please join me to support transit at www.change.org/petitions/support-biking-in-alexandria-va

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | April 15, 2011 - 7:12 PM | Transportation Add-On Tax on Commercial Real Estate

I hope our City Council will vote to support transit, walking, and bicycling in Alexandria. The proposed add-on to commercial property tax was authorized by Virginia to allow localities to raise their own transportation funds. It has long-since been implemented in Arlington and Fairfax. This proposal will allow us to use local funds to build three critical transit corridors (US-1, Duke St, Beauregard St), two of which could connect to the streetcar system that is being developed in Arlington. The time to act is now--let us not become the only area near Washington DC that depends only on Metro for dedicated mass transit.

I support this proposal because both our citizens and the economy benefit when we shift our transportation focus from automobiles to people.

Please join me to support transit at www.change.org/petitions/support-biking-in-alexandria-va

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | April 15, 2011 - 12:31 PM | FY 2012 Budget Process

For the Oct 22 Meeting:

Top goals: Potomac Yards Metro station, Comprehensive Bike Network (visible, accessible, connected), More business offices in Alexandria.

Measure success: We want more commerce without more automobile traffic. The results should be measured in revenue. We want more revenue.

Constraints: Development needs to be high density, walkable, and centered around active transportation infrastructure (not just buses--bus routes can be moved with a stroke of a pen).

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | October 22, 2009 - 2:35 PM | City of Alexandria Strategic Planning

Jonathan Krall (user 33) - Comments by Board

City of Alexandria Strategic Planning

For the Oct 22 Meeting:

Top goals: Potomac Yards Metro station, Comprehensive Bike Network (visible, accessible, connected), More business offices in Alexandria.

Measure success: We want more commerce without more automobile traffic. The results should be measured in revenue. We want more revenue.

Constraints: Development needs to be high density, walkable, and centered around active transportation infrastructure (not just buses--bus routes can be moved with a stroke of a pen).

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | October 22, 2009 - 2:35 PM

Beauregard Small Area Plan

I am writing about transportation aspects of the Beauregard Small Area Plan. As Chair of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, I appreciate that a bicycle
network is included in the Plan and that new connectivity to nearby neighborhoods and trail networks is added. However, as I review the Plan with my friends and neighbors in the West End, I am concerned about the conflicts between bicycle riders and walkers.

Illustrations of the Plan show a town center with numerous citizens walking between housing, shops, offices and transit stops. This a great illustration of the transit-focused development that has been successful in communities across the USA. The difficulty here is that, along Beauregard Street, the wide sidewalks shown in these illustrations are designated "multi-user paths." That is, they will double as a bicycle lanes, directing bicycle riders to ride through the expected crowds of shoppers and commuters. This is not ideal and is contrary to other similar developments. The Rosslyn-Balston corridor, for example, includes bike lanes throughout. In fact, this design creates conflicts that modern bicycle riders are instructed to avoid. Such instruction is promoted by Alexandria's Local Motion program.

While adding wide sidewalks would make to today's Beauregard Street much safer for bicycling, this approach makes little sense for the transit-centered Beauregard Street of the future. A modern approach would separate the cyclists from both pedestrians and motorized traffic. A good example can be seen on 15th Street in Washington, DC, where the two-way bicycle lane is separated from the main traffic lanes by plastic bollards and from the sidewalk by a curb. The plan already allocates the necessary room--it specifies a ten foot setback between the sidewalk and the buildings. That space would be better allocated to a bike lane.

The Beauregard Small Area Plan, which looks to be successful in many respects, simply does not account for the ongoing and expected increase in bicycling in Alexandria. This increase is being driven by improved utility bicycles for commuting and shopping (we expect another record-setting crowd on Bike To Work Day this year), by public promotion of health and fitness, by high gas prices, by the renewed joy of riding on our increasingly modern bike lanes and paths, and by the increasing scope of the Capital Bikeshare transit system, which moves about 5000 people per day--about half of the DASH number. As an advocate for bicycling, I am aware of the popularity of Capital Bikeshare and receive inquiries almost daily. The most common question? "When will it come to my neighborhood?" My point is that we need to design for the future.

Like most Alexandria residents, I am aware that our roads are already congested with automobiles and that our economic future and quality of life require effective and accessible mass transit. I agree with many others that simply allowing by-right development to add residents without providing non-automotive options to those new residents will make congestion much worse than it is now. As Alexandria shifts its transportation focus from moving automobiles to moving people, I am glad that our leaders and planners are asking us to modernize. I support this vision and ask that we take the proper next step by modernizing our approach to bicycling facilities.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Krall
Chair, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | March 29, 2012 - 8:55 PM

Transportation Add-On Tax on Commercial Real Estate

I hope our City Council will vote to support transit, walking, and bicycling in Alexandria. The proposed add-on to commercial property tax was authorized by Virginia to allow localities to raise their own transportation funds. It has long-since been implemented in Arlington and Fairfax. This proposal will allow us to use local funds to build three critical transit corridors (US-1, Duke St, Beauregard St), two of which could connect to the streetcar system that is being developed in Arlington. The time to act is now--let us not become the only area near Washington DC that depends only on Metro for dedicated mass transit.

I support this proposal because both our citizens and our economy benefit when we shift our transportation focus from automobiles to people.

Please join me to support transit at www.change.org/petitions/support-biking-in-alexandria-va

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | April 15, 2011 - 7:12 PM

FY 2012 Budget Process

I hope our City Council will vote to support transit, walking, and bicycling in Alexandria. The proposed add-on to commercial property tax was authorized by Virginia to allow localities to raise their own transportation funds. It has long-since been implemented in Arlington and Fairfax. This proposal will allow us to use local funds to build three critical transit corridors (US-1, Duke St, Beauregard St), two of which could connect to the streetcar system that is being developed in Arlington. The time to act is now--let us not become the only area near Washington DC that depends only on Metro for dedicated mass transit.

I support this proposal because both our citizens and the economy benefit when we shift our transportation focus from automobiles to people.

Please join me to support transit at www.change.org/petitions/support-biking-in-alexandria-va

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | April 15, 2011 - 12:31 PM

Waterfront Comment Board

Greetings!

I am writing to support the idea that the Waterfront Plan should pay for itself, should provide public access, and should support our business community in Old Town. As a member of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory committee, I am aware that the economic future of Alexandria depends on moving people, not cars and I am sure that the city planning and transportation staff understands this as well. I am confident that we as a city will find a way to accommodate increased commerce and tourism in a way that makes it easier, not more difficult, for citizens to travel through and enjoy our city and its culture. A robust waterfront plan will be a wonderful attraction for all citizens of Alexandria to enjoy. Thank you for your efforts to move this plan forward to for the benefit of all of us.

Best Regards,

Jonathan Krall
Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
http://sites.google.com/site/alexandriabpac/

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | November 22, 2011 - 4:03 PM