We’re Really Excited That the Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Lane Will Be Shown Off During Inauguration

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is thrilled that on Monday, visitors from across the United States and the world will see the inauguration of President Barack Obama—as well as state-of-the-art bicycle infrastructure. The Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack, a lane that keeps bicyclists comfortably separated from motor traffic, will be on display to those who congregate on and around the National Mall.

As District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy told the Washington Post, “We are very proud that the nation will get to see why D.C. is now regarded as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.”

The cycletrack is a result of DDOT and the city’s continued commitment to making D.C. a better place for biking. It’s widely acknowledged that physically separated bike infrastructure increases the number of cyclists, and Pennsylvania Avenue is a prime example of a well-planned cycletrack that allows cyclists to ride safely and efficiently on a major arterial. The bike lane is an early example of separated facilities in American cities and has led D.C. to become a part of the Green Lanes Project, an initiative to increase the number of such facilities throughout the U.S.

Separated bike facilities are safe, attractive, and encourage those who might not otherwise bike to do so. According to a 2012 study by the University of British Columbia, dedicated bike lanes have one-tenth the risk of major streets with parked cars and no infrastructure. The study also found that cyclists prefer to ride on routes built explicitly for them, a conclusion that’s proven by use of the Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack: After its construction in 2010, DDOT found that bicycling volumes on Pennsylvania Avenue increased by over 200 percent and that nearly three in four residents in the area indicated that they supported the center bike lanes, believing them to be a valuable asset.

WABA thanks DDOT for its dedication to building state-of-the-art dedicated infrastructure, and is proud that the city will be able to show off the Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack during inauguration festivities.

If you’ve got any questions regarding the Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack during inauguration weekend, contact Alex Baca, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, alex.baca@waba.org, (202) 518-0524. National inquiries should be directed to Lauren Fallert, Green Lanes Project, lfallert@verdepr.com, (970) 259-3555 x3.

Sign Up for Next Wednesday’s Advocacy Open House!

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DDOT’s long-range transportation planning initiative for D.C., MoveDC, launched earlier this week.

There’s plenty of information on the site about the project, but if you’d like to talk specifically about the needs of cyclists, plan to come to our office next Wednesday evening. We’ll address not just MoveDC, but also Maryland’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan, which is being rewritten.

Between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., we’ll discuss how to present information at public meetings and distribute major talking points. Our office is located at 2599 Ontario Road NW in Adams Morgan. Please sign up for the open house here.

See you Wednesday!

This Week in Bike Reads

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Will people pay attention to the Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack in addition to the president?

Behold, WABA’s weekly roundup of stories and commentary related to cycling, particularly in and around D.C.

Pretty much everyone’s called it: Biking—on your own bike—is the easiest way to get to and around Inauguration, which will, apparently, show off the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes to the world. For more information, see all of goDCgo’s suggestions for various modes of transit.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes in the power of bikesharing and promises more enforcement for cars and drivers. And despite giving a play-by-play of driver transgressions, a New York City bike blogger still manages to be grateful for law-abiding drivers.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, along with U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenaeur, will address the National Bike Summit in March. In more current conference news, folks at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting have concluded that riding a bike uphill is enjoyable.

The potential new White House Chief of Staff bikes. He sometimes does so while talking on his phone. You probably shouldn’t ride your bike while talking on your phone.

Do you have a free Saturday tomorrow? Sign up for DDOE’s Capital Crescent Trail cleanup. DDOE will provide you with all the materials you need to eviscerate invasive plants along the trail.

DDOT’s long-range transportation planning initiative for D.C., MoveDC, has launched. Take this survey about how you get to work and be sure to come to our office next Wednesday night to learn how to testify and talk about the needs of cyclists during MoveDC’s public-input process.

Girl on a Bike talks about our Hains Point 100 ride and the overall need for more women on bikes; she’s also offering one lucky lady access to her extra bike as well as assistance riding around the city.

The Virginia Senate endorsed the state’s “dooring” bill, which “would require drivers and passengers to make sure it’s safe before opening vehicle doors on the side adjacent to moving traffic. Violators could be fined up to $100.”


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