DCist has a nice post on it here. I went, but haven't had time to post on it, but you should submit comments to DDOT via their survey here by April 15th (just do it now I say).
On thing to note is that the MoveDC plan shows Florida Avenue as a high capacity transit corridor with no bike facilities, so how this will meld with that is a good question. If MoveDc is just being ignored, that's not a good thing, even though I like the idea of bike lanes and cycletracks in this area.
DC Water is building a series of tunnels throughout the city to move and store stormwater and sewage without dumping it into the Anacostia, the Potomac or Rock Creek. One tunnel will go from Blue Plains to Yards Park and then to RFK Stadium and the Arboretum before turning west to Rhode Island Avenue and following it down past Florida Avenue. Another tunnel will go north from Rhode Island Avenue up 1st Street NE. But the new tunnels will only be used 2% of the time. "The rest of the time, they're just sitting there empty" says DC Water's George Hawkins.
"We don't see empty infrastructure," said DDOT's Terry Bellamy, "we see opportunity."
DDOT is planning to add access points along the tunnels where cyclists can enter and exit the 13 mile long system to travel across the city without having to deal with car traffic or stop lights. Automatic gates would close whenever the tunnels are in use or a storm is expected.
"New York has done wonderful things with the High Line and we think this could be similar...except that it would be underground." said former Planning Director Harriet Tregoning, "And stealing another page from New York City, there would also be human feces everywhere."
"We appreciate DDOT's willingness to think outside the box," said WABA's Greg Billing, "But this...wow...I don't know. I'll just say that, in addition to helmets, we recommend fenders."
"We have a critical parking problem now and they're dedicating possible parking spaces to bikes," says John Townsend of AAA, who sees this as a giveaway to cyclists when on-street parking is extremely limited. "This is just another sign of the war on cars."
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The plan framework is here. Below is the bike facilities portion
It looks like they include quite few cycle tracks in downtown, a trail connection from the Marine Corps Memorial to the Roosevelt Bridge (finally), and two other new connections to the MVT among other things.
But it doesn't seem to do much about the intersection of N. Lynn and the Mt. Vernon/Custis Trail. That's disappointing.
At the top of the list are several 2013 projects, such as the M Street cycletrack and contraflow bike lanes on G and I streets NE. The 1st Street cycletrack between M and K Street will ostensibly be finished this spring
The Arlington County Board today approved a plan to replace Marymount University's eight-story "Blue Goose" facility at 1000 N. Glebe Road with two new, more energy efficient buildings.
The buildings will exceed the density planned for the site, so the developers are offering some contributions to the area including
Some of the funds will be used to help improve nearby Ballston Pond, and to extend the Custis Trail immediately west of the site. The developer also will build a two-way, 10-foot wide cycle track on the north side of Fairfax Drive, and widen the sidewalk there. The cycle track will extend the Custis Trail connection to the intersection of N. Glebe Road along Fairfax Drive.
There's a bike lane there now, and this is part of the connection between the Custis Trail and the Bluemont Junction Trail, so it's a good place to put in an improved bike facility.
The developer also will implement a Transportation Management Plan to encourage transit use, walking and cycling to the site.