Bike Lane Update

In December, in response to a WABA blog posting Where Did All the Bike Lanes Go?, I told you we had 4 miles of planned bike lanes ready for installation as soon as the weather broke in early spring. Well, thanks to an unusually mild winter, I’m pleased to report we got a jump on spring and our crews have already installed 4 miles of new bike lanes and 1 miles of shared lane since New Year’s Day.

The new bike lanes are on 4th Street, SW; I Street, SW and SE; Columbia Road, NW, New York Avenue, NW; Tilden Street, NW; and Upshur Street, NW.

New Bike Lane on Columbia Road, NW

In addition there is a combination of new bike lanes and sharrows on R Street from Florida Avenue, NW to the Metropolitan Branch Trail in NE; and there are new sharrows on Oklahoma Avenue, SE.

New Sharrows on R Street, NW

That completes the lanes originally planned for 2011 – bringing the total in the city close to 55 miles – and allows us to focus now on adding more lanes. We hope to install another mile before Bike to Work Day on May 18, and we’re planning for an additional 4 to 5 miles of bike lanes and shared lanes for installation during the summer and fall.

That will include the eagerly awaited crosstown cycletrack on L Street, NW.We have been waiting on an analysis of the existing lanes on 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, before moving forward. I can tell you that study is drawing to a close and we are scheduling a public meeting on Thursday, May 3 to discuss the findings. The meeting will be held in the Community Center of the Reeves Center, from 6-9 pm. Look for additional details in the coming days.

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support of cycling in the District. Mayor Gray and I look forward to Bike to Work Day to celebrate the continuing progress we’re all making together to make this an even more Bicycle Friendly City.

Terry Bellamy
DDOT Director

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4 Responses to Bike Lane Update

  1. Great – thank you! The new Columbia Road lanes are very nice. Now if only we can get people to stop parking and idling in them. There are normally at least one or two vehicles parked in the new lane, specifically the small stretch between Biltmore and Mintwood.

    Any plans to extend the Columbia Road lanes to connect with 14th St?

  2. salesman1 says:

    Terry,
    I really appreciate the bike lanes. Do you think it is also possible to create an awareness program for proper bike riding rules of the road? That means, for example, no riding bikes on one-way roads in the other direction. Bikers need to ride in the same direction as cars. If they don’t, bikers will run smack into a car rounding a corner onto a one-way road. Drivers expect people crossing crosswalks but not bicyclists riding straight toward them.

    • DDOT Blogger says:

      Thanks for the comment. We are working on some additional education for all road users, but we already have a pretty robust program in place: http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/On+Your+Street/Bicycles+and+Pedestrians/Safety.

      • salesman1 says:

        I agree. This is a good list. I hadn’t seen it before I posted. I compared the list to the DC walking biking laws and I think what it does is not fully communicate biker responsibilities.

        Bicyclists can’t just speed through intersections (I see a lot of bikers go thru at full speed) and that they need to go in the same direction and on the same side of the road as cars going in that direction. The legal description needs a bullet point reminder for people on how to conduct themselves on the road. It would be helpful to see these bullet points also at CaBi stations too.

        I’m not a saint of a biker myself but the description, “Bicyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of vehicle drivers” doesn’t remind people of what they must do. Here are a few ideas to communicate:

        > No riding down one-way roads in the other direction (use the sidewalk outside the downtown biz center)

        > Stop at stop signs, yeild at yeild signs. No speeding through intersections with stop signs and red lights without stopping.

        > A car arriving at an intersection before a bicyclist has the right of way over the bycyclist

        > Communicate what you are doing on your bike to other drivers. It’s unacceptable for car drivers to not signal and bicyclists must also signal their driving intent to car drivers and other bycyclists.

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