Scott Brenner of Alexandria wrote in to the Post to complain about the new bike lanes and the all-way pedestrian crossing.
the D.C. government has transformed a city with sufficient road capacity into a jumbled mess of special-interest carve-outs that penalize the average driver who may not have an alternative mode of transportation.
I'm sorry, but if you live in Alexandria and work in DC, you have a plethora of options to get to work. Driving might work best for you, but I just can't imagine the scenario where the lack of a car traps you in Alexandria.
And ignoring that Mr. Brenner's status as a taxpaying citizen in another state kind of limits his right to complain, it's worth noting that one of the stories he referenced included this.
George Branyan, the District's pedestrian program coordinator, who was on the scene this morning, noted that the new strategy might get drivers through the intersection faster. Without vehicles turning and without having to wait for pedestrians in the crosswalks, the through traffic might flow better.
There are few places where DC has removed traffic lanes to add bike lanes. Off the top of my head I can only think of 15th St NW (though I know there are others and Penn NW should happen). That change is being studied and we'll see if it slowed down traffic or not. But many drivers on 15th were speeding anyway, so it's possible that all it did was limit one's ability to break the law.
If Mr. Brenner wants an unimpeded drive across the region (which actually has the 2nd worst congestion AAA tells us) he's living in the wrong decade.
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