Half measures on D.C. bike safety
By Kesh Ladduwahetty
Thank you for the Nov. 14 Metro article “No doubt about it — this lane is for bike traffic,” on the new, protected bicycle lane on a section of 15th Street. It is encouraging to see this incremental step toward encouraging bike use in Washington. Still, this type of measure is too limited to significantly change transit in the District.
If we are truly interested in making bicycle use safe and widespread, we would designate every other street in the grid system, both north-south and east-west, as “safe streets” for bicyclists.
For example, even-numbered streets and D, F, H, K, M streets, etc., would be for bicyclists. Residents and those making deliveries or carrying out other local functions would still be allowed to drive and park on biking streets, but only if they observed a very low speed limit, such as 15 mph. On diagonal avenues and the remaining streets (odd-numbered streets and C, E, G, I, L streets, etc.), motor vehicle traffic would continue as it does today.
This arrangement would give both cars and bicycles full access to every part of the city while providing meaningful safety to bicyclists and still permitting mostly normal speeds for cars.
If the city developed such a policy and provided plentiful, secure on-street parking for bicycles, I would enthusiastically use my bike for regular transportation. But otherwise it will remain locked up in the garage of my condo, gathering dust.
| November 17, 2009; 9:59 AM ET
Categories: D.C., transportation
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