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Posted at 6:50 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Lessons on biking from the Dutch

By Luke Rosiak

Update: Here are some of the group's findings on how to make some existing routes friendlier to cyclists.

Eye Street:

1.Bicycle boulevard principles
2.Possibly limit through-volumes by restricting traffic every 2-3 blocks
3.Traffic calming measures, for example pedestrian refuge islands
4.Green wave configuration
5.Option for bicycle tunnel configuration on I Street and South Capitol Street
6.Colored bicycle lanes

M Street:

1.One-way cycle track on both sides of the street
2.Cycle tracks buffered by a landscape strip with street trees
3.Bicycle signals at intersections with high right turn volumes
4. Unique right-turn configuration
5.Streetcar and stations on a median alignment

Original post: With the launch of Capital Bikeshare, Arlington and the District positioned themselves to join the likes of European capitals where bike-sharing programs have been longstanding and cycling even more integrated into everyday life.

Bicycles are such a component of the transportation fabric in cities like Amsterdam that the cities themselves have been shaped by them, their infrastructure accommodating and promoting bikes as an alternative to the cars which clog and pollute them.

And because D.C. is, after all, a capital city, we were able to draw on the wisdom of the Dutch, in the form of a two-day workshop held by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Transportation experts from that country, where 30 percent of trips shorter than five miles are by bike, joined U.S. transportation leaders to survey the District and identify ways to make the city--and our culture--more bike-friendly.

Conclusions will be presented this evening at Union Station from 5 to 7pm, where organizers will be joined by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Tom Petri.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 16, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
Categories:  Biking, District, Transportation Politics  | Tags:  Capital Bikeshare  
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Comments

I know several ex-pats in Amsterdam who have now taken up biking everywhere. One thing they point to is that DC, while not San Francisco or Denver, is actually fairly hilly. Amsterdam, by contrast, might barely rise 20 feet in 50 miles.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

DC is in fact quite hilly outside of the downtown. But the beauty of the Bikeshare program is that is largely downtown, where you can get somewhere faster by bike that by taxi during working hours.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What's the problem with hills? Bicycles have changeable gear ratios.

Posted by: vmax02rider | November 16, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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