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There is a lot to digest here. The big issue is that absent enforcement, the roadway right in front of the Jefferson will continue to be used for parking. Maybe a road diet that reduces the width of the roadway there would help to eliminate the parking by NPS vehicles, autos, taxis and others.

East Basin Drive is a one-way street heading westbound toward the FDR memorial and polo grounds. Eastbound cyclists ride on the sidewalk (or salmon up E. Basin Dr.) to go east to Hains Point or to head north. A 2-way cycletrack would be the best option, and it could be connected to the 15 St. cycletrack.

Outlet bridge is still going to be a crunch with either design, afaict. (during afternoons when there's the intersection of sets between tourist peds, joggers, and bike commuters).

I wonder if they'll ever consider closing the on ramp to 395/1 from East Basin Drive.

I'm in love with freewheel's idea of a twoway cycletrack. They take their sidewalk widening idea and simply move the sidewalk and build the cycletrack.

I laughed looking at the "Rendering of Alternative 1." That's a lot of grass and trees to the right between 395 and E Basin Drive that don't really exist.

Also interesting is their reference to it as the 14th St Bridge, which is really the name for all of those bridges combined. The one they're talking about is the Mason Bridge.


idiotic at every turn.

why is the NPS involved? b/c they OWN the land, right?...

this sanctifies the car practice.

why they need the barriers AT all is indicative of a culture of cowards. the jefferson memorial is nt and will never be a target...and if it was/is, the world would be better place for recognizing the importance of jeffersons views on social structure and human expression.

50 years from now the view will be obvious: why did they (in 2013) design this stupid plan when they knew transport and culture were changing dramatically away from car-centricism? it's always amazing how no one NOW at NPS can take a stand on what they cognitively know they should do -- but won't -- because of cultural inertia and the needs of the plutocracy...

i know people who have these NPS jobs: courage, creativity, flair, boldness -- they have none of these traits!

"That's a lot of grass and trees to the right between 395 and E Basin Drive that don't really exist."

Huh? They do exist. http://goo.gl/maps/tKfSL

If I'm riding from the 14th St. Bridge (George Mason Bridge) to East Potomac Park (Hains Point), I now turn left onto East Basin Drive and turn left again right before the Inlet Bridge, onto Ohio Drive. This allows me to avoid crossing East Basin Drive on the east side of the Jefferson Memorial, where the traffic is much faster and denser than on the south side of the Memorial.

I'm glad to see some improvements to the Memorial grounds. But I'd really like to see improvements to the path leading up to the George Mason Bridge (14th St. Bridge). I would also like to see the NPS do something about the horrendous road conditions on the Inlet Bridge. Tour buses have stopped and started so often that there are huge asphalt waves in the road, nearly a foot high. (Not kidding!) That's extremely dangerous, especially for a visiting casual cyclist who isn't expecting a massive mogul in the middle of a paved road.

They should just put in a ha-ha and forget about barriers.

Alt 2 would certainly provide more comfort space for walkers and bicyclist who rarely look forward to riding along the edge of traffic while maintaining adequate security clearance from the memorial. I also like Alt 2's nod to the Jeffersonian serpentine walls popular on The Lawn at UVa. Doubt they'll build it of brick, though.

At some level, does it matter what type/style of barrier gets built if we continue to allow (well tolerate) parking/latrines in front of the memorial? I think we need to expand the scope of the study to see how to stop vehicles in a more holistic fashion. Maybe closing East Basin Drive would make sense (the ultimate road diet).

Separation of pedestrian and bicycle facilities is something I dream of every day in DC. I wish they would go this route for the multi-use paths in our region.

The way I see it, unless the bike path is at street level or VERY well marked as a bicycle-only path with an equally convenient walking path, the bike path will be filled with people walking in it and will not function well. The current path LOOKS like any other sidewalk, and it is not surprising that most people treat it as such. A bike path at street level would probably work much better in terms of separating cyclists and pedestrians, and I seriously doubt there needs to be two lanes in front of the Jefferson Memorial from a traffic standpoint.

This section is a major bike transportation corridor, one out of 4 that cross the Potomac. However, the NPS still treats it as a recreational path for occasional users. This approach is not only short-sighted, it ignores the current reality. The plan offers only marginal improvements to the situation, with beautification being the clear focus of the project. This approach is bad for cyclists, bad for pedestrians, and it's not good for DC as a region.

I'm not sure about a cycle-track here. The current plan would create a MUP instead of a cycletrack. I guess the advantage of the CT is that it wouldn't have pedestrians. But then you'd lose the curb that keeps cars out - and we'd definitely have parking in the CT - and so it would be a bit less safe and probably not 12 feet wide. So I'm not sold on the CT.

I do hope they move away from the aggregate sidewalk in favor of something that gets less slick in rain.

I'm surprised by what was the preferred option. I guess NPS wants to keep the wall as far from the memorial as possible - but that means more wall.

And I wonder why they have to move the CaBi station.

The points offered here will be for naught unless they are articulated to the NPS as public comments. The NPS may look at these observations but they will not likely incorporate our thoughts magically. Please take the time to offer your take on the EA by submitting comments to the NPS. Even comments that suggest the cycling community isn't of a single mind on this issue drive that point home to the NPS. That might encourage them to reach out to the cycling community.

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