On Monday, at the DDOT Oversight Hearing, DC City Councilmember Jack Evans asked how we fix the 15th Street Cycle Track. Now, we’ve ridden the cycle track a lot, and while it is not perfect, it is still a great addition to the bike network of DC. So, rather than get political about it–with action alerts and riling up the blogosphere to condemn Councilmember Evans’ remarks–we’re going to head down there on Friday afternoon (update: between 4pm & 6pm) and show DC that we cyclists appreciate the 15th St. cycle track.
This is going to be very informal. We’ll have our Bike Ambassador there with some volunteers with signs, probably around Q St. NW and/or riding the length of the cycle track. We’ll be asking cyclists to stop and get their picture taken with us and we’ll post everything here on Monday.
Come on out and celebrate DC’s commitment to bicycle-specific infrastructure.
And maybe next week we can ask some pointed questions about what happened to those painted intersections we were promised…
I love the cycle track but I've noticed it being used as a privileged parking lane. Example: last week the president of Mexico was at the Washington Post office so his entourage including DC Cops just parked in the bike lanes, which dumps bikers into a busy spot. Otherwise, no complaints, love it.
@Linda & @Geoff Currently, neither AASHTO nor MUTCD have a standardized design for separated two-way cycle track facilities. The closest thing to a standard we know of is the New York City DOT's design guidelines for their separated facilities. This situation may be changing as there are some dedicated folks working to bring AASHTO & MUTCD up to date. We'll keep you posted. @Eric We spotted the street sweeper in the cycle track yesterday! Pic here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Area-Bicyclist-Associaton-WABA/140715077973 Daniel Hoagland WABA
We should bring a tape measure. The south bound lane is too narrow, esepcially with the brick gutter pan. Maybe DDOT can run a street sweeper down it before tomorrow.