WUSA 9 has a follow-up to yesterday's poorly researched story on "protests" about the 15th Street bike lanes. They interviewed a wider range of people, including cyclists, about the impact of the new bike lane. Something I failed to mention yesterday was that not all of the parking spaces were removed. There are still several spaces along that stretch of 15th (any frequent riders want to guess how many?) and about a dozen were removed. Because of the law of diminishing returns, the least valuable spaces were the ones that were removed. If only 12 out of 100 spaces were removed, that is kind of trivial, especially since they were replaced with spaces on side streets.
"I think those meters are more of a deterrent," said Kenya Rennie, who herself bikes to work at Lettie Gooch Boutique. "I think the bike lanes are safer and actually quicker many times."
The District's Department of Transportation consulted with property owners when planning the lanes. Spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc said that they adjusted plans afterwards.
"We actually went along the 15th Street corridor and those spaces where we had to remove particular parking spots, we reallocated new parking spaces on the side streets," she said. "And the idea behind the bike lanes was to create a safer zone for bicyclists but still provide that parking for people on the outside lane."
WABA meanwhile, sent a letter to the editor of the Examiner about the story. Among other things, they criticize the writer for unquestionably repeating statements by opponents, without noted the failures in their arguments (such as noting that riding on the sidewalk in that area is illegal or that bike lanes might very well increase business).
Finally, Mike Debonis points out that the bike lanes in question are in front of the Examiner's office. Curious.
Update: Despite the fact that I live in a glass house, I'm going to throw stones. The WUSA 9 story is headlined as "More Bike lanes, Less Parking Spaces" instead of fewer parking spaces. So, I'm not alone in making grammatical errors.