I've seen many several new bike route signs around DC lately. Instead of just reading "Bike Route" they tell one where the route goes and how far away it is, which makes so much more sense. On I-95 they don't just have signs that read "Interstate" after all.
Photo by DDOTDC
Well, these weren't just isolated improvements, but part of a larger effort.
DDOT has installed new signage to mark five bike routes on the east side of the District. The five routes total over twenty miles in length and provide on-street linkages between the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the Marvin Gaye Trail, the Oxon Run Trail, the Anacostia River Trail System and the Anacostia Tributaries Trail System in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The routes use a newly designed Bike Route sign and provide distance information to key destinations. Over the past few weeks, contractors have installed more than 750 sign plates at 255 locations to mark the new routes.
The new routes are
- Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack to Nationals Park and Historic Anacostia
- Marvin Gaye Trail to Metropolitan Branch Trail
- The Heights Bike Route, from the Marvin Gaye Trail to the Oxon Run Trail
- The Heights Bike Route to the East Bank Anacostia River Trail and Anacostia Park at Nicholson Street
- An on-street connection between the MBT in Brookland and the Northwest Branch Trail near Mt. Rainier, Maryland (which is also part of the East Coast Greenway)
Which is great news, especially when combined with the recent flurry of bike lane installation catch up.