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15th Street Bike Lane to be Repaved

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.


15th Street NW Bike lane. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will repave the two-way bicycle lane on 15th Street NW.

The news was announced at the monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont on Wednesday, July 12. The repaving will be finished by the end of the summer, according to Commissioner Noah Smith, 2B-09, The path runs through Smith’s district.

The bike lanes are in serious need of assistance, with southbound lanes between Massachusetts and K Streets often resembling a washboard.

On his website, Smith adds that there will also be new signs and markings on the path. The news came after the last November’s ANC 2B resolution calling for improvements to the path, and subsequent lobbying of the DC Council.

Smith has also announced that, after ANC prodding, DDOT has agreed to a request to coordinate the pedestrian walk signals through Dupont Circle. It will no longer be necessary for pedestrians to stand on the median between four lanes of traffic when crossing into or out of the circle.

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3 Responses to “15th Street Bike Lane to be Repaved”

  1. T says:

    I often wonder why I see so many bicyclists riding in the traffic lanes of 15th Street. It can be frustrating as both a ped and a driver to be surprised by a biker not in the bike lane. I had also heard a story on WAMU this morning citing a biker who got a flat tire just from riding in the 15th St lane. Now I understand a bit better…

    • M says:

      Maybe… I have not inspected the conditions in the bike lanes. However, I think a lot of time it’s either 1. the bicyclist wants to make a right turn soon 2. the bicyclist wants to go faster than they can in the sometimes crowded bike lanes (irony?) 3. the bicyclist is trying to make a point about sharing the road (in an obnoxious way). I see this pretty much every day and I just deal with it as Zen is a necessary District driving skill. However, I think it could easily lead to a road-rage scene with a hot-headed driver.

  2. Long Time U Street says:

    This is great news, but why would the work happen in the summer – during the most active biking season?