The ANC 1B Transportation Committee asked DDOT to explore changes to 11th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Vermont Avenue that would allow the District to connect the bike lanes north of that area to the ones south of it. Though WABA announced it at their site, many of the attendees appeared to be residents of those block along 11th Street and so were pretty strongly opposed to the bike lanes, primarily because it would require removing about 30 parking spaces.
DDOT presented 4 alternatives
In Alternative 1, parking would be taken out on the east side and replaced with a one-way buffered bike lane going north. Alternative 3 was much the same, except the parking was replaced with larger lanes in each direction, each with sharrows down the middle.
Alternative 2 did not remove parking, but it did change 11th to a one-way, one-lane street with bike lanes in each direction. This would require rerouting buses and much more analysis. It did not seem popular so I've not included it here.
Alternative 4 replaced the east side parking with a two-way cycletrack down the center. This would require cyclists to move to the left to get into the cycletrack on one end and to the right to get out of it at the other.
DDOT also provided information about crashes along the section of 11th. They reported that there were more crashes on that section of 11th than on similar sections of 10th and 12th. When asked who was to blame, DDOT noted that some of the crashes were due to cyclists running stop signs, but many more were from right hooks or doorings.
Opposition mostly centered around removing the parking. "I am opposed to removing any parking at all. Period." said one woman. "11th Street is too narrow for two-way traffic and bikes" another added. Many of these same critics sought other, less intrusive, options.
One suggestion was to reroute cyclists instead of buses "You could remove the bike lanes from where they are now and move them to another street. There's room on 13th."
"There's bikes on every street and, where ever we can, we put bike lanes in." DDOT transportation planner Jim Sebastion replied. "It would be almost impossible to reroute bikes because they're legal on every street and they use every street. They're going to go where they're going to go. There isn't room on 13th and if there were, we would put bike lanes there also because we have bikes on every street in this area."
Other suggestions included signs, enforcement, education, rumble strips, bicycle priority lights, lower speed limits, continuous green shared lanes*, two-way cycletracks like on 15th, and center bike lanes like on Pennsylvania Ave NW. Sebastian agreed that there were many options, but pointed out that the best success is found when engineering, education and enforcement were all used.
DDOT did shoot down one suggestion for reversible, rush-hour traffic lanes because - as a matter of policy - they're moving away from that kind of design.
In addition to complaining about the loss of parking, many complained about scofflaw cycling behavior. One person criticized DC for allowing sidewalk cycling, which is legal on this stretch, and told stories about the one time they saw a tourist on a bike cut off a bus. Sebastian noted that adding bike lanes has been found to discourage sidewalk cycling. The committee chair tried to direct the conversation away from this issue, since DDOT was the wrong agency to deal with it.
A few people didn't think the bike lanes went far enough and wanted cycletracks and protected bike lanes.
The committee chair wanted to have a vote on a preference among one of the existing proposals, but ANC 1B02 representative Jerremy Leffler argued that any vote on the issue needed to be postponed. He complained that cyclists coming down 11th Street don't stop at the stop signs, but motorists do and so this committee needs to talk with the Public Safety Committee and the MPD before proceeding. "We have too many issues with parking, so taking 30-40 spaces away is just a non-starter. Any option is going to have to not effect parking." He also wanted to invite abutting ANCs and more ANC 1B representatives to the next meeting because "the problem is not ANC 1B people, it's the people coming out of Columbia Heights, going 40mph, joyriding into our community and not stopping." In the end, they decided to send DDOT back to the drawing board and to discuss it again at the end of September.
Later there was a call for a show of hands of those who didn't want parking to be removed. Leffler suggested that it be just of people who live on 11th Street, but it wound up being of everyone in the room. In the end, 13 out of 25 people opposed removing parking, which means it's too bad that a vote wasn't done just of people on 11th. It might have showed that the only people opposed to removing parking were those who live on 11th, just as the only people opposed to speed humps are the joyriding citizens of Columbia Heights.
*Interestingly, an analysis of continuous green shared lanes from Minneapolis shows that these have a limited efficacy. Update: more here.