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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 08/14/2010

D.C. gets first bicycle traffic signal

By Washington Post Editors

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.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | August 14, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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So, do you really that "Team Spandex" is going to obey it? Hell, they never obey any traffic or pedestrian signals, and then they cry and whine when one of their ilk gets flattened.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

a waste of money in a heavy car traffic area

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | August 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I NEVER, and I mean NEVER see DC bicyclists obeying traffic laws. ALL the time they blow through stop sign and traffic lights. When someone gets hit, I'll get out my cel phone and capture it on video, laughing, before I call any police.

Posted by: HillRat | August 14, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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