D.C. gets first bicycle traffic signal
The D.C. Department of Transportation says it's installing the city's first traffic signals for bicyclists.
The department says the signals will be at the intersection of 16th and U streets and New Hampshire Avenue in northwest D.C.
DDOT director Gabe Klein says it's a popular route for many bicyclists, but it can be treacherous getting through that intersection.
Officials say new “contraflow” bicycle lanes on New Hampshire Avenue and “bike boxes” on 16th Street are part of an experimental project approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
The contraflow lanes allow bicyclists to travel legally in both directions. The bike boxes will make riders more visible to other traffic.
Officials say if the project succeeds, the design may be used as officials reconstruct U Street.
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