Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Slide Show Of Washington DC's Bike Lanes

On Thursday DDOT-I (District Department of Transportation-Inspiration) rolled out their draft final concepts for adding bike lanes on Downtown DC streets. Included are the highly publicized cycle-tracks on Pennysylvania Avenue that sent ESPN loose cannon Tony Kornheiser on an anti bike rant and prompted Lance Armstrong to respond. DDOT should send a thank you letter to ESPN for the free publicity.

You'll see the kitchen sink in these slides - cycle-tracks, contra-flow lanes, bike boxes, mixing zones, and bike signals. Pennsylvania Avenue targeted for completion by National Bike to Work Day on May 21. The project is scheduled to be done in its entirety by the end of the year.

Slide Show from TrackTwentyNine on Flickr

In another development the WashCycle reports that DDOT is close to announcing a ten fold increase in its bike sharing program with 1000 more bikes hitting the streets later this year. It's great to see that another East Coast City is helping to lead the charge for change (getting of tired of saying "Portland" all the time).


Dr. Phila said...

amen to that! Hearing the words Portland and Bicycling together almost makes me cringe anymore.

Trying to compare Philly with Portland is like apples and oranges. In a way, I've always held that Philly could be a better cycling city than Portland. In this Philly case, I think this will require more auto lane takings like the amazing progress shown on Spruce/Pine. Way to go BCGP!

Andrew J. Besold said...


Another city spins the roulette wheel of "where the hell I'm supposed to ride my bike on the roadway." I'm all for innovation but when that begins to take away all predictability of where one rides on the road I become extremely skeptical.

I can begrudgingly accept New York's left side lanes due to high levels of transit conflicts. I'm also all for placing lanes in unusual locations (not to the right of traffic) in limited exceptions to make connections work.

However, its when plans call for the carte blanch total dismissal of vehicular cycling rules and the predictable bicycle placement on the roadway that comes with VC and bicycle lanes that replicate VC bicycle placement on the roadway that I really start to wonder if things have gone astray.

BTW - I've never seen such haphazard placement of bicycle lanes in any bicycle friendly city in that I've been to in Europe or even read about in my studies. In all those places cycletracks and all bicycle lanes are predictably to the right side of traffic. Contraflow lanes are equally predictably to the left of motor traffic. Never did I see a two way cycle track on one side of the roadway or placed in the center of a major roadway!

I'm still convinced that San Fransisco, Davis CA and many of the other Bay Area towns have got bike lane design perfectly right.