The Mid City East small area plan was recently completed and it includes a few specific bicycle facility improvements.
The Mid City East Small Area Plan providesa framework for conservation, development, sustainability and connectivity in Mid City East, a mosaic of neighborhoods including Bates/TruxtonCircle, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Hanover, LeDroitPark, and Sursum Corda as well as sections of Edgewood and Stronghold.
The Metropolitan Branch Trail runs along the eastern edge of the study area, and residents would like to see it improved.
Connection points at T Street, S Street and Randolph Place NE need better signage to identify the trail, enhanced vegetation and maintenance. In addition, residents have expressed major concerns about safety on the trail. Some residents have ceased using the trail because of recent incidents.
And so the recommendation is to "work with DDOT to improve wayﬁnding to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and add vegetation, lighting, and public art to improve the trail’s aesthetics, enhance safety, and encourage increased use."
Other recommendations were pulled from DDOT’s Mid City East Livability Study which was completed last October.
At Truxton Circle, the Livability Study recommends:
- A high visibility crosswalk and bike box across Q Street NW.
- A painted bicycle crossing adjacent to the Florida Avenue crosswalk.
- A protected contra flow bike connector from Q Street crossing to North Capitol Street along Florida Avenue and through Truxton Circle Park and behind bus stop.
- A protected cycle track from the North Capitol Street crossing to and onto a new Q Street bike lane
At 5th and Rhode Island the recommendation is to extend the existing 5th Street bike lanes from Rhode Island Avenue to Florida Avenue. These lanes would serve as a substitute to the 6th Street bike lanes recommended in the 2005 Bicycle Master Plan.