The City of Fairfax was looking to increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and create low-stress bicycle facilities for their community. To do this, they needed design guidelines for neighborways—streets with low vehicle volumes and speeds that accommodate bicycle travel through signage, pavement markings, and traffic calming.


Kittelson led the consultant team that developed guidelines for the City’s neighborways system. The guidelines include design principles, performance targets, planning processes, and a design toolkit to inform the City’s design and implementation of neighborways. We also tested the implementation of these guidelines by creating a concept design for the first neighborway project, located on Fair Woods Parkway, that included a neighborhood mini traffic circle, raised intersections, curb extensions, and wayfinding signs.

concept design for an intersection.

Conceptual mini-roundabout design at the intersection of Ranger Road and Fair Woods Parkway as part of the Neighborway design.

a map illustrating traffic calming treatments

A map illustrating various traffic calming and Neighborway design treatments along Fair Woods Parkway.

The Outcome

Creating Blueprints for Bike-Friendly Neighborways

The City is advancing this project toward implementation and will develop final engineering design plans. The neighborways will provide low-stress routes on residential streets that are shared by automobiles and bicycles, and encourage speeds that are more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.


Washington, D.C.


City of Fairfax


Fairfax City, VA