D.C. bike lanes delayed
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.
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| May 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories: DC, Traffic and Transportation | Tags: fenty, mayor adrian fenty
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