Earlier this year, DC asked the Transportation Planning Board to amend the Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) to allow for the expansion of DC's Dedicated Bicycle Lane Network. Last week they approved that.
This project will expand the District of Columbia’s dedicated bicycle lane network by removing one or more travel lanes for motor vehicles on the following road segments:
• 4th St NE, from Lincoln Rd to Harewood Rd
• Blair Rd NW, from Peabody St to Aspen St
• Constitution Ave NW, from 1st St to Pennsylvania Ave
• Eastern Downtown Study, alternatives on 5th, 6th or 9th St. NW
• Harewood Rd NW, from Rock Creek Church Rd to North Capitol St
• Klingle Rd NW, from Adams Mill Rd to Porter St
• Louisiana Ave NW, from Columbus Circle to Constitution Ave.
• Piney Branch Rd NW, from Georgia Ave to Underwood St
The TPB received 161 comments on the amendment, 160 of which were from the either the United House of Prayer (UHOP) or individuals who objected to the implementation of protected bike lanes on the 1200 block of 6th Street NW, next to the UHOP.
These comments included the following concerns and/or points:
• Increased congestion and traffic delays on 6th Street NW and in the vicinity of the Verizon Center and Washington Convention Center
• Removal of parking and convenient access to the United House of Prayer church and associated housing
• Disproportionate impacts on low-income and/or minority communities
• 9th Street NW would be a more suitable location
To which DDOT responded
DDOT is still studying and evaluating alternative design concepts for the Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane project and a final design alternative has not been selected. As the project development activities continue DDOT anticipates completing the planning study and selecting the preferred alternative later this year. In order to meet the TPB’s schedule for including projects in its air quality emissions analysis DDOT advised TPB to use one of the four build alternatives with the maximum potential to change traffic conditions and thereby potential emission estimates in its analysis. Alternatives being studied by DDOT include protected bike lanes on 5th Street, 6th Street and 9th Street NW and the “no-build”. Inclusion of the 6th Street alternative in the regional air quality emissions analysis at this time does not preclude DDOT from selecting one of the other study alternatives, including the “no-build” OR making other changes to this alternative as part of its efforts to evaluate alternative design concepts.
At the October 19 TPB meeting, Mr. Zimbabwe of DDOT stated that the agency is working with the impacted citizens and organizations through the project development process.
They also approved an amendment for the "I-66 Corridor Improvements Project Outside the Beltway" which will also have bicycle components.