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Bike lanes not quite ready

It would have been nice to open the new Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes in time for Friday's Bike to Work Day, but Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation, said Thursday that he's taken a look at them and wants his staff to do a little more work before opening them to riders.

The big rally point for the annual Bike to Work Day is Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Wilson Building, and a ribbon cutting for the bike lanes the same day would have been an added attraction. But Klein said he'd rather be safe than sorry.

He thinks the bike lane widths might need to be adjusted down somewhat to ensure the best separation between motorists and cyclists. (He doesn't want cars straying into the path of cyclists.) Klein said he didn't know exactly how much longer it would take to open the lanes, but it shouldn't be too much longer.

He is not rethinking the concept of adding the lanes. In fact, he's very enthusiastic about the District's plans for expanding its bike lane network. I'll have more on that for Sunday's Commuter page in The Post.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 20, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Biking  | Tags: DDOT, Dr. Gridlock  
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