Everyone had stories about the new Contra-flow bike lanes on New Hampshire. And they all had this ubiquitous and cool video from Left for LeDroit (which catches some cyclists running the all-traffic stoplight at the end, followed by a taxi illegally moving into the bike box). And they were all followed by a cyclists-suck/no-they-don't argument in the comments.
Left for LeDroit had some criticism for the design. Namely that the bike signals were not in a good location and one has to know to look for them; and that the signals are started by induction loops, but again one must know where to stop to trigger them. While Froggie thinks the bike lane is on the wrong side of parked cars.
I disagree with the bike lane placement. I'd rather be on the passenger side (where doors open less) with some room to my left than on the driver's side with the curb to my right. I'd be more trapped. True, if a car were coming just as a door opened in front of me, I'd be trapped as well (and a far worse trap, I suppose), but that would take some worse luck. Stay out of the door zone, I suppose.
WUSA9 has a normal article with a very confrontational title. "Bicycles Must Stop at Signals; Just Like Motorists". [OMG, someone (probably the Japanese with their crazy love of robots) invented self-propelling bicycles. I, for one, welcome our new robot bicycle overlords.] Wait, motorists stop at signals?
If this experimental configuration proves to be successful, DDOT may incorporate it into the planned reconstruction of U Street, NW.