The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its second public workshop in Ward 7 for the Far Southeast III Livability Study on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-12 pm. It will be at Plummer Elementary School, 4601 Texas Avenue. SE, Washington, DC 20019. The purpose of this workshop is to gain participant feedback on draft recommendations for transportation improvements in the study area.
The study area's boundaries are: East Capitol Street to the north; Southern Avenue SE to the east; Massachusetts Avenue SE to the south; and the Anacostia River to the west.
There are not many bike facilities in the area right now. A mountain bike trail, a trail along the river, two bikeshare stations on the edge and a short bike lane on Alabama are about it.
During a previous, 2010 round of the Far Southeast Livability study, residents expressed concerns about bike lanes in a neighborhood where few people bike. And they were especially opposed to bike lanes that removed parking.
They don't have the draft plan up on the website, but it would be great if there were a few high-quality bike facilities in the area.
MoveDC has already identified some bike facilities to consider. These include protected bike lanes on East Capital Street and Massachusetts and Alabama Avenues; a trail along the Shepherd Branch rail line and another along Texas Avenue; and major bike lanes along Benning Road, and Ridge Road.
The map above shows the Fort Circle Trail on Fort Davis Drive but that isn't accurate. I think the priorities here should be the PBLs and East Capitol, and then I'd like to see an addition PBL on a widened Fort Davis Drive connecting to bike lanes on Ridge Road. That would create some key NS and EW bike routes.
One thing not on here that is really kind of needed is a connection from this area to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. I think a bridge over the RR tracks at B Street and then through the existing underpass to the trail would be best. And if that is built, then a bike lane of some sort would be needed on B all the way to Ridge road.