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.
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.
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.