The pedestrian zone King Street in the old town was extended until November

Pedestrian King Street unit block (Picture from City of Alexandria)

A pilot project to convert the King Street unit block – the part closest to the waterfront – to a pedestrian-only zone has been extended for a further two months.

The pilot began over Memorial Day weekend and was scheduled to end after Labor Day, but Alexandria Transportation and Environmental Services announced on Twitter that the pilot had been extended through Nov. 20.

The extension is promising for fans of the pedestrian zone. Pedestrian zones, as the name suggests, close off a block of streets to car traffic to make it pedestrian-only. The trend has caught on in other parts of the region as well, with a pedestrian mall opening late last month in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

An ALXnow poll earlier this year found that 40% of readers supported pedestrianizing a few more blocks, with 33% saying everything up to the metro station should be pedestrianized.

The project follows the conversion of the 100 block of King Street to a pedestrian-only area last year. The conversion of block 100 also started as a pilot project before the city council made the conversion permanent.

The City of Alexandria continues to collect feedback on the zone to this day.

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