The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) has just put out an online survey on the 15th Street bike lane and traffic configuration. There are 48 questions and it will probably take about 10 minutes to complete the survey; there are also numerous places for written comments. The questions cover the bike lane as well as current traffic conditions and general safety on 15th Street, especially for pedestrians.
Paper copies are also being distributed to residents on live on or near 15th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street NW.
The contraflow bike lane was installed last November after extensive studies about what to do with the 15th Street traffic pattern—one of the options was to make 15th Street two-way, adding southbound traffic.
The final option—not one that was originally proposed and still billed as a test—was to put a southound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street (it’s a northbound street north of Massachusetts) between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. This protects cyclists from the northbound traffic. There is also a share lane on the east side of 15th Street for cyclists riding north to share with cars.
The bike lane opened to great fanfare last fall with Mayor Adrian Fenty, an avid cyclist, and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) both on hand to cut the ribbon.
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- Reconfiguration of 15th St. NW: What We’re Getting
The DDoT introduction and background information, along with another link to the survey, is below the fold.
We need your feedback. If you live or work on or near 15th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street, or if you use this stretch to walk, cycle or drive, please take a moment to complete this short on-line survey about the cycle track: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/15th_Street_User
Here’s a little background information: In response to community concerns regarding traffic speeds and pedestrian and bicycle safety on 15th St NW north of Massachusetts Avenue, DDOT analyzed various options to reconfigure the street. As a hybrid alternative, DDOT installed the contra-flow protected cycle track between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street as a pilot project. This is both the first protected cycle track and the first contra-flow bicycle lane in Washington, and as such DDOT is committed to analyzing the cycle track for improvements and lessons to apply to future cycle tracks. Included in this analysis are traffic data (speed and volume), bicycle and pedestrian counts and observations, cycle track user surveys, and general user surveys.
Feel free to forward this link to anyone you know who uses 15th Street. DDOT will also be distributing paper copies to residents in the 15th Street area for those without internet access. The results will be presented, along with other data collected, in a final analysis report.