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New Signage to Go with 15th Street Bike Lane

by Borderstan.com — November 2, 2009 at 10:00 am 9 Comments

DDoT workers put up these new street signs on the lamp post at the northwest corner of 15th & Corcoran NW on Friday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

DDoT workers put up these new street signs on the lamp post at 15th & Corcoran NW on Friday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

More continues on the contraflow bike lane on 15th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Florida Avenue. The southbound bike lane will be on the west side of 15th between the curb and parked cars.

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Comments (9)

  1. That’s a hell of a lot of signage to pay attention to, digest, and follow!

  2. As if DC didn’t have enough of a problem with posting enough street signs on any given corner (no, 1 street sign on 1 corner of an intersection is not sufficient!), now they’re burying the one street sign in an array of other signage. I’m grateful for the bike line, but fer chrissakes people gotta know where they are!

  3. 15th Street Dweller

    I am very concerned about the implementation of this bike lane. As a biker, I applaud the city’s efforts to make biking a safer activity. However, as evidenced by the photo attached to this blog entry, cars are still parking in the curb lane. Is additional work going to be done to ensure it is VERY CLEAR to car drivers that the bike lane is a no parking lane?

  4. I, too, applaud the city’s efforts to make bike commuting safe (safer) and more plausible. However, the implementation makes very, very little sense. Southbound on a Northbound thoroughfare? Will there be a bike lane on both sides of the street? Also, if I saw the layout correctly, the bike lane will be closest to the curb?

    That’s not how it’s done! It should be curb, parking, bike lane, car lane, divider, repeat. This set up works great in other cities I’ve biked in. If parking is taken away, this will really spell disaster for such a good intended effort.

  5. @Avi

    Actually the way you have it is the default way it is done (at least, in my experience), but it is in no way the safest. On heavily traveled streets, having cars parked closest to the curb often creates a narrow space in which bikers are caught between idiots driving at unsafe speeds through busy streets and idiots opening up doors on the street side without looking.

  6. Give it time. DDOT shut down the west side of 15th for all five work days last week to install the lanes, and it rained steadily until Wednesday morning. It should have been enough time, and it wasn’t. Not their fault. (although failing to extend the prohibition through this week is absolutely their fault.)
    It’s a bad thing, of course, that right now there’s bike-lane signage on the southbound lane south of S but not north of S, but for anyone paying attention the thing is pretty transparently not yet ready to use. I’m sure DDOT will post “stop parking here” signage when they’re ready. In the meantime, allowing people to park in the yet-unfinished bike lane seems like a fine compromise.
    RE the potential for accidents, if cyclists go sailing down the southbound lane without factoring in the likelihood that they’ll get cut off by oblivious northbound traffic, yeah there will be accidents. But the people who would do such a thing are already cycling the wrong way down 15th routinely anyway. For those of us who are champing at the bit for a way to bike southbound safely west of 14th, this is a great thing that we’ll use properly– or at least as much so as the northbound drivers will…

  7. now if only the city could change the traffic signal at 15th and Q to actually make it long enough for people to cross the street during rush hour! Right now, at 5 p.m. on a weeknight, peds get a mere 18 seconds to cross six lanes of cars. God forbid your dog stops to sniff something on the way across…

  8. FANTASTIC photo!! Signage that’s as clear as mud.

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