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Posted at 1:28 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Is the 15th Street bike lane working?

By David Alpert

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (Ward 2) claimed this morning that the 15th Street bike lane is "not working" because of the impact on drivers from the new left-turn signals.

Evans generally emphasized that he supports bike lanes and committed to keeping the lane in place, but criticized the new, two-way version of the 15th Street lane. He said that the turn restrictions have further narrowed 15th for most drivers, and that the delays in turning make drivers miss green lights on adjacent streets.

When DDOT converted the lane to two-way, it added left-turn signals at the intersections where cars can turn left from 15th across the bike lane. Formerly, cars could turn left or right off 15th anytime when they have the green light. Now, during most of the green phase, left-turning drivers have a red arrow; they can then turn at the end of the green phase just before cross traffic gets the green.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | February 28, 2011; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Without making this a referendum on bike lanes (which the good councilman has not), I think it's appropriate to adjust operational details of these lanes as we learn more about how they work.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 28, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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