On May 29, a half-mile stretch of Tysons Boulevard became the first street in Fairfax County reoriented for pedestrians and bicyclists’ social-distancing.
Enjoy these photos of it in action!
The transformation of an outside driving lane into space for people to walk or bike belies how unthinkable this would have been even a few years ago. It belies how many systemic barriers had to be overcome, from speeding drivers, to rigid engineering standards, to bureaucratic inertia.
But even beyond the process of how it came to be, that there’s pedestrian demand for it at all shows how Tysons’ evolution from 20th Century office park into 21st Century downtown is… actually happening, piece by piece.
And, OK, Tysons Boulevard may not have the pedestrian volumes of bustling streets in DC, but it has more than its narrow sidewalk could accommodate safely. And change was possible.
Now, thankfully, a person pushing a stroller and another person walking a dog can pass each other with room to spare.