Watch for 2-Way Bike Traffic in 15th Street Bike Lane

by Borderstan.com November 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm 1,342 6 Comments

TrafficSigns

These new traffic signs on 15th Street NW warn motorists about southbound cyclists, not northbound ones. The new bike lane has unofficially become two-way.

The southbound 15th Street NW bike lane (yes, the one between the curb and parked cars) has quickly become a TWO-WAY bike lane, with cyclists riding both north and south in it. Not surprising; everyone who lives in this part of Dupont-Logan same it coming

So a warning to bikers who are riding north: Cars are probably NOT going to see you. In addition, people getting out of their cars are opening their doors into the bike lane.

Please be extremely careful. All of the signs that have been put up are warning northbound motorists about southound bikers–there are no warnings for drivers about northbound cyclists. Those of us in the hood may remember to look for you, but that guy in the Mercedes SUV going 50 mph up 15th so he can get home to Potomac 3 minutes sooner? He won’t be looking for you. For one thing, he will be busy honking his horn at me as I try to park on the street.

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