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: