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Local Launches Petition for Protected R Street Bicycle Lane

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments

Painted R Street NW bicycle lane near 15th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A D.C. resident is trying to gather support to help make crosstown cycling safer and easier between Dupont Circle and the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Michael Forster, a lawyer and D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council member, yesterday launched a petition calling on the District Department of Transportation and Mayor Muriel Bowser to create a protected, two-way bicycle lane on a 2.6-mile stretch of R Street in the heart of the District. The road only has a painted bicycle lane that travels west as of now.

The lane would benefit thousands of residents in the area and have a “minimum effect on drivers,” who could continue to drive and park on the street, Forster wrote in the petition.

“When the Metropolitan Branch Trail is completed, the addition of this bike lane would create a fully-protected route from Silver Spring, Maryland to Dupont Circle, making a great alternative to Metro or driving,” he wrote.

The petition has garnered more than two dozen supporters as of 3:45 p.m. today.

Photo via Google Maps

Comments (3)

  1. It’s a sensible and well-meaning plan but R St NE has two-way traffic so it probably can’t support a protected cycletrack without removing parking and/or one of the travel lanes. DDOT has been studying improved cycle infrastructure on R St since 2011; however, it does not look like improvements to R Street are on DDOT’s project list through the year 2021.

  2. God forbid we ever remove parking anywhere. The world would surely collapse.

  3. Well the petition says that the cycle track could be built while still maintaining a driving lane and a parking lane — which is technically correct but east of N. Capitol St you would have to reconfigure the street to be one-way if you didn’t want to remove parking. You could certainly remove the parking but then that would be incompatible with the petition.

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