In 2020, Prince George’s County, MD received a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) grant from the Transportation Land-Use Connections Program to develop concept design plans for a community pathway and neighborhood bicycle boulevards on several local streets in the Langley Park area. The streets feed into the intersection at Riggs Road and University Boulevard, the location of a proposed Purple Line Station. The incoming Purple Line Station presents an opportunity to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities for the people who live and work in the Langley Park community.
Kittelson assisted the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Prince George’s County Planning Department, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T), and MWCOG in planning and designing low-stress bicycle facilities along several neighborhood streets and a community pathway in Langley Park.
Kittelson led a team of consultants to analyze existing conditions, develop design alternatives, and produce conceptual design plans for neighborhood bicycle boulevards or “neighborways” that included traffic calming treatments, wayfinding signage, and shared lanes along six street segments. The project also included robust bilingual virtual engagement with an English and Spanish version of the survey, interactive mapping, public meeting presentations, and other project materials.
Connecting Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities to a New Transit Station
These bicycle facilities will enhance neighborhood connectivity to public transit and improve multimodal transportation options for the future Riggs Road Purple Line station; providing options to bridge the last/first-mile gap and make the Purple Line more convenient for future riders that live, work, and visit the area.