A section of bike lanes surrounding L and 15th streets in DowntownDC are now illuminated as part of a pilot program in the District created by bike product manufacturer Saris Cycling Group and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
The lights were donated by Saris, which has already helped integrate their lights into the traffic framework in the cities of Chicago, Portland, Ore., and in areas surrounding Madison, Wis. Saris approached District officials about adding lights to D.C. bike paths. DDOT said the location was chosen to offer both a two-lane bicycle lane and mix-zone areas within close proximity. The lights were installed by DDOT officials on Feb. 27, in time for the National Bike Summit March 3-5.Saris says each light—typically $140 each—operates for 5-7 years, can handle up to 20 tons of weight, and incurs no maintenance costs.Both Saris and DDOT are eager for feedback from cyclists, drivers and observers on their pilot program.DDOT will soon be conducting street sample surveys on the lights and in the coming weeks will be posting a user survey online. Saris currently welcomes direct email feedback on the program.