Photo by Thisisbossi.
M.V. Jantzen recently put together a nifty map charting the results of a survey done by DDOT measuring bicycle use at 48 different spots. And two spots in Georgetown were among the most heavily traveled.
They were Water St. and Key Bridge, which were second and fourth overall. Water St. saw an average if 198.4 bikes pass per hour. The most busy hour saw 351 bikes pass. The crowd was pretty male, with 81.3% of them men. And 91.8% were wearing a helmet. (This high helmet usage probably reflects the fact that most of the riders passing here are from the Capital Crescent Trail). Only .1% were using Capital Bikeshare.
Key Bridge saw an average of 138.9 bikes an hour with a peak hour of 227 bikes. Male ridership was slightly less dominant at 76.4%. Helmet use was much lower at 77.9% (although that’s still pretty high compared with other spots). A still minuscule 1.4% were using Capital Bikeshare.
This all raises the question of whether the city is providing safe routes for bikers through Georgetown. Water St. is probably pretty safe, but once a biker gets up to M St., they’re much more at risk. In fact, 31st and M was recently identified as one of the most dangerous intersections for bikes in the city.