The National Capital Planning Commission released the five finalist designs for the Redesign of Presidents Park south of the White House. While the form and design of the whole park is important, more important to cyclists is the design of E Street, NW.
Several other sites have already discussed the various designs (I looked for them last night, but couldn't find them) but only David Alpert looked at them specifically for how they treated bike access.
Sasaki's proposal appears to move buildings for screening vehicles around to the perpendicular East and West Executive Avenues, letting official vehicles queue on more of E Street before reaching the checkpoints. This would have the benefit of reducing the amount of time the line spills over onto 15th and 17th Streets, blocking the road, sidewalk and/or bike lanes.
And as he notes, some of them don't even show images of cyclists.Here's my quick review
- Hood design shows a pair of cyclist riding on the "pedestrian path", but not on the "pedestrian walk". Perhaps the path should be renamed.
- Michael Van Valkenburgh has a couple of parked bikes (not at a bike rack) next to a group lounging in the grass.
- Reed Hill shows a few cyclists, and appears to treat the southern edge of E Street as a MUP
- Rogers Marvel Architects has a picture with a cyclist on a folding bike and another with what appears to be bike parking in the background.
- The Sasaki design is the only one to show a real bike route on E Street. They place a pair of bike lanes in the center of the new roadway.
So the Sasaki design wins. Reed Hill might take second. None of the designs really include bike parking though.