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DDoT Survey on 15th Street Bike Lane, Traffic, Safety


Borderstan 15th Street bike lane DDoT

The 15th Street bike lane is on the west side between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. (Borderstan)

The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) has just put out an online survey on the 15th Street bike lane and traffic configuration. There are 48 questions and it will probably take about 10 minutes to complete the survey; there are also numerous places for written comments. The questions cover the bike lane as well as current traffic conditions and general safety on 15th Street, especially for pedestrians.

Paper copies are also being distributed to residents on live on or near 15th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street NW.

The contraflow bike lane was installed last November after extensive studies about what to do with the 15th Street traffic pattern—one of the options was to make 15th Street two-way, adding southbound traffic.

The final option—not one  that was originally proposed and still billed as a test—was to put a southound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street (it’s a northbound street north of Massachusetts) between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. This protects cyclists from the northbound traffic. There is also a share lane on the east side of 15th Street for cyclists riding north to share with cars.

The bike lane opened to great fanfare last fall with Mayor Adrian Fenty, an avid cyclist, and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) both on hand to cut the ribbon.

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The DDoT introduction and background information, along with another link to the survey, is below the fold.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | Leave a comment