The Coalition for Smarter Growth has a petition to designating one lane of 16th Street NW for buses and bikes only during rush hour. Mostly it focuses on the advantages to bus riders.
Before Metro opened, 16th Street NW had a bus lane. Today the bus lane is gone, even though the S buses serve a whopping 30% of the people traveling along the 16th Street corridor -- making it the third most popular bus line in the region.
When Los Angeles created bus-only lanes, bus speeds increased by 29%. A Bus/Bike-Only lane would allow buses, bicycles, and taxis during rush hour, then revert back to a parking lane for the rest of the day.
DDOT is currently planning to make much-needed pedestrian safety improvements to 16th Street, so this is the perfect opportunity to also plan for a Bus/Bike-Only Lane (after all, most bus riders walk to the bus stop, right?). And once this is tested on 16th Street, DDOT has expressed interest in expanding it to other parts of the city.
Please sign our petition and urge your friends and neighbors to do the same.
They're also supporting DC's new sidewalk bill