M St. Cycletrack Will Extend to Georgetown

Photo by Ajfroggie.

Last week, DDOT presented to the Bicycle Advisory Committee its map of bike lanes that it expects to construct in 2012. In the map released by the BAC, it showed the highly anticipated M St. bicycle track (it’s a two way, separated bike lane that looks like the lanes on 15th st., shown above). But the version released on Monday showed the lane not going west of New Hampshire Ave. in the West End.

GM followed up with DDOT to ask why the lane won’t make it all the way to Georgetown. Turns out the map was wrong; the bicycle track will extend right up to Pennsylvania Ave.

GM predicts that this lane will get heavy use, particularly once DDOT installs the planned Capital Bikeshare station at M and Pennsylvania. DDOT saw a large increase in bike traffic after the 15th St. lanes were installed, and there’s no reason to think the M St. lanes won’t start attracting a lot of the crosstown traffic the way the 15th St. lanes capture the north-south traffic.

Here’s the corrected map, with the new lanes in red and blue and possible lanes in green:

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8 responses to “M St. Cycletrack Will Extend to Georgetown

  1. Michael Radosevich

    Cars, bikes, and pedestrians do not mix well. We need separate lanes for each group, separated by concrete barriers.

    The M Street bike lane should go all the way to the Key Bridge, where M Street ends. Instead of street parking on Wisconsin Avenue, we should have wider sidewalks with no vendors blocking the path, and the other part of the street parking lane should be bike lanes.

    Americans are bad at traffic engineering. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting København or dozens of other European cities know the best traffic engineering – separate lanes for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, separated by concrete barriers.

  2. CHSC

    This is amazing. I go from Scott Circle to Georgetown everyday. A protected bike lane like this is exactly what I need.

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  4. EastGeorgetowner

    But look at what the bike lane does to traffic, even in the photo GM posted — there is a single lane of cars bumper to bumper, with the bike lane taking up what may have been/could be another lane of traffic? Bringing this down K Street and M Street which is already congested and losing potentially a lane of traffic is a terrible idea. If you could broaden the streets or sidewalks to make the lanes without decreasing already tight car lanes, that would be muc better (but perhaps not possible).

  5. East Georgetowner — the “bumper to bumper” cars in the photo are parked cars.

  6. asuka

    Too bad it doesn’t run the length of M street, but it’s a start.

    “København” – lol!

  7. A bike lane that camouflages cyclists from motorists’ view (by allowing parking between the lane and the road) and which therefore exposes them to an increased incidence of right hooks and left crosses is not safe. This is a dangerously exposed bike lane – a bike lane that only ‘seems’ safer to those who are relatively new to cycling. A more accurate description might be a ‘cyclist trap’, designed to lure new and unseasoned cyclists into a corridor so that they can be most easily killed at intersections. Essentially, infrastructure like this is an open air, free range cyclist slaughterhouse.

    Bike lanes and bike paths ‘feel’ safer, so there’s a demand for them, and cycling will indeed increase due to infrastructure like this – but injuries and deaths will increase exponentially. Anyone who knows the real risks knows that bike paths and bike lanes are at least twice as dangerous as riding on the road with traffic. Studies by Aultman-Hall (1998 & 1999), Wachtel (2001), Jensen (2007) and Agerholm (2009) have all confirmed this time after time (please, look them up). I hope the idiots who approved this are eventually held accountable – they have access to the studies too, so they should know better!

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