Photo by Jasonpier.
Yesterday, DDOT announced the proposed location of 25 more Capital Bikeshare locations. Of those, two are going to be in Georgetown. This is great news. What’s not so great is where DDOT is planning to put them.
In January, as a result of efforts mostly from Ken Archer, the ANC approved a resolution asking DDOT to consider putting Bikeshare stations at four locations: the sidewalk outside Hyde-Addison, the playground of the Jackson School (across from Montrose Park), the Georgetown Library, and the sidewalk of M St. just west of the Rock Creek bridge. Each of the first three of those locations was vetted with the stakeholders and even representatives of DDOT. So they weren’t merely idle wishes for locations. The last location was added by ANC commissioner Tom Birch because, hey, it’s probably a great location if a station could fit.
No one from DDOT promised that Georgetown would get any stations, let alone at these recommended locations. But it seemed reasonable to assume that if DDOT gave Georgetown more stations that they’d put them at locations specifically requested through a diligent process.
So it came as a surprise to see that DDOT is proposing putting two stations at locations not even previously considered. They recommend putting a station at the intersection of Reservoir and Wisconsin and a station along P St. near the Rock Creek Parkway exit.
Both these locations have significant problems.
Intersection of Reservoir and Wisconsin:
- Near the library
- Not right next to the library, somewhat defeating the point of being near the library
- Not really near much else
- Square in the middle of a pedestrian deadzone, few people walk along this stretch
- Very dangerous intersection
- Entrance of Rose Park
- Good connection towards Dupont and beyond
- Not really near many Georgetown residents
- Still very much on the periphery of the neighborhood
- Will likely be opposed strongly by the Friends of Rose Park