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Wednesday Photo of the Day: “15th Street Bike Lane”

by Borderstan.com — March 23, 2011 at 4:45 am 3 Comments

Borderstan, Borderstan Reader Photos, 15th Street NW

“15th Street Bike Lane” was taken by Eric Gilliland on December 10, 2010.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “15th Street Bike Lane,” was taken by Eric Gilliland on December 10, 2010.

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Comments (3)

  1. This bike lane is problematic. On the one hand, it’s fantastic in that it has 2 lanes and is separated from car traffic. Don’t get me wrong –I love that. But during the mid-city section, the lane headed downtown (closest to the curb) has more potholes than any other bike lane in the area. It’s strange to me that the city put so much work into creating this special lane and then left the pavement all chewed up.

  2. I do think the plethora of signs that have been added to 15th Street along the bike lane have helped. And while I know some people hate the left turn arrows that were added, I think they are great for pedestrians as well as bikers — it’s much easier for me to cross those streets now when there is traffic turning from 15th. Finally, the bikers on 15th do seem a bit more aware that PEOPLE actually share the area with them. I don’t get as many of them screaming at me to GET OUT OF THE WAY or F-YOU if I happen to dare and wander through the bike lane.

  3. I like this lane mainly because it gives the bikes a safer space without holding up traffic. However, there are some remaining issues with this lane. The left turn lanes for cars are often ignored, especially by cabs, who use them to go straight. I’ve even been honked at for DARING to use the turn lane as a turn lane. Those making lefts sometimes ignore the red arrow. This defeats the whole purpose of the lane. Finally, some bicyclists still use lanes of traffic, even after the city took away a lane of traffic just for them. I don’t mean bicyclist who are about to make a right either. I have seen bicyclists go all the way from Mass to U in a lane of traffic. VERY rude and inconsiderate, not to mention stupid. The bike lane is far safer.

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