Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DDOT Bike Lane Meeting

The District Department of Transporation (DDOT) held a public meeting at the Navy Memorial Center on March 18, 2010 to display the exciting and bold cycletrack infrastructure in the Downtown, Golden Triangle district.

The new design was created based on public input and proven success stories from across the country and around the world. The streets that will receive the cycletracks will be the length of L St and I St, as well as the continuation of the counter-flow lane on 15th St to connect downtown and 9th St downtown. The cycletracks will be physically separated from traffic and will include great features such as bike boxes, bicycle traffic lights, and possible green markings.

Both the Director of Transporation and Mayor have fully supported a 'no holds bar' approach to the cycletracks downtown, and I commend them for it. The goal is to get the markings down before the summer.

This is an great success for the field of bicycle advocacy, as it grows the network here in the city. One key point to note is the accessiblity to the neighborhoods so people who do work downtown have reason to bike all the way into downtown. This is a great start and one big step to advocate for more biking in the city!

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