At last night's Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, those working on Washington's new transportation plan, MoveDC, presented draft maps of future facility plans, and if even half of what is proposed happens it will be like we've gone to bicycle heaven. You can see the Draft Blended Bike Network Map at this link (it is the third map down). Trying to put an image of it on the blog will not do it justice.
- The plan includes adding over 60 miles of new off-road trails to bring the total miles to 133. This includes several trails on my wish lists, including the Palisades Neighborhood Trail, an expanded Suitland Parkway Trail, the Shepherd Branch, an extended Oxon Run Trail, a trail along New York Avenue to the Anacosita, completed Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail and new trail connections associated with Rock Creek Park Trails.
- 70 miles of new cycletracks to add to the current 4. Again, that's 70. There would be cycletracks on all or part of Mount Olivet, Blandensburg Road, Rhode Island, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Missouri, Military, Connecticutt, Massachusetts, R St NW, East Capitol, South Capitol, Independence, Constitution, I St SW, Alabama, Good Hope, 4th and 6th SE/SW, Mississippi and Southern. And there would be plenty downtown on 5th, 6th, 21st and Virginia.
- 70 miles of new bike lanes to bring the total to 122. Major new bike lanes would be on 8th Street SE, Ridge Road, West Virginia Ave, Pennsylvania Ave SE, G & F SW, Albermarle and 34th NW.
- New bridges: to T. Roosevelt Island; across the Potomac with a new Long Bridge; across the Anacostia at Massachusetts Avenue, New York Avenue and at M Street NE.
And additional CaBi stations citywide. Frankly, I had trouble coming up with things they'd left off or gaps they left in the network, though we did make a few comments at the meeting.
The plan also has a policy primer that captures some of the best practices nationwide, like allowing bikes in bus only lanes.
It's all very encouraging and there is more here. So far comments about biking and specifically for making the city more bike-friendly have been some of the most common, creating a plurality I believe, but if you'd like to add a comment (and you should), you can sign up to stay in the loop at the website and find out about meetings and more.