Comments are due today on the 14th Street Transportation and Streetscape Improvements plan, but the options they're considering have nothing to do with biking. Stephen Miller at GGW does a fantastic job of summarizing the presentation, so I won't try to repeat that (Made easier by the fact that I didn't go, and that all that is online is a semi-useless powerpoint presentation and info from the 2008 study. Sigh). Has GGW gotten too powerful when DDOT sends you there to look at their presenations?
Miller notes that there will be bike boxes at U and P Streets, but they won't be colorized, they'll use a stamped faux brick pattern. Also, because there are bulb outs at the bus stops, the bike lane will shift to the left to leave space for buses to the right similar to how a bike lane can shift to the left to avoid a right turn lane.
The design for shifting bike lanes on 14th Street could be problematic because the bike lane would shift to the left side of a general travel lane, instead of a right-turn only lane or bus-only lane. With heavy traffic, cyclists may find it difficult and dangerous to cross to and from the left-hand lane when instructed. This aspect of the plan may require more thought.
It might be better to end the bike lane before the switch and have cyclists merge to take the lane before moving into the left side bike lane. Add signs that read "Cyclists: Take the Lane."
In addition to this, it appears it will extend the bike lane the last couple of blocks north to Florida Ave, and it will likely include more bike parking.