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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 05/20/2010

D.C. bike lanes delayed

By Washington Post editors

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration is delaying the opening of the bicycle lanes under construction on Pennsylvania Avenue because officials have concluded they are not yet ready for prime time.

The lanes, which stretch from the White House to the Capitol, were widely expected to be open by Friday, National Bike to Work Day.

But John Lisle, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said the lanes still need “more tweaks.” Lisle said the lanes, as currently constructed, occupy too much space on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“When we originally installed them, they put them outside the median and the combination of the bike lanes and the buffer took an entire lane of traffic,” Lisle said. “So what we think we are going to try to do is squeeze the bikes more in the center of the roadway.

Fenty, an avid cyclist, may announce a revised schedule for opening the lanes Friday morning at the National Bike to Work Day rally on Freedom Plaza.

Stay with the D.C. Wire for more details.

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  fenty, mayor adrian fenty  
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How long did that take them to realize they'd taken up about half the street surface for what will likely never be more than a few dozen bikes at a time. I don't think that even in China do they ride bikes at sufficient volume any more to justify the amount of space that was taken up. By the way, if they're going to make bike lanes, can we get some bike enforcement and make the bicyclists use the lanes? Yesterday, I was walking on the sidewalk on E Street NW which has bike lanes and was having to dodge a cyclist who insisted on riding on the sidewalk and cruised on through all the cafe seating up near 7th St. I'm not for giving any more to cyclists until they learn to use what they already have and to obey the traffic laws.

Posted by: blankspace | May 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Blankspace makes a very good point. The fact that one bicyclist rode irresponsibly on the sidewalk clearly shows that we shouldn't "give any more to cyclists."

Similarly, I saw an SUV driver texting behind the wheel. I saw another run a red light. This kind of irresponsible behavior while piloting a multi-ton vehicle shows that drivers need to learn some responsibility. Until they start behaving right, we shouldn't build or repair any roads. Drivers need to learn to use the traffic system they have and obey traffic laws.

Right, blankspace?

Posted by: matt731 | May 24, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

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