The DC Office of Planning recently released the Southwest Neighborhood Plan.
The Southwest Neighborhood Plan (The Plan) is a framework to shape the future of the neighborhood over the next five to ten years. It focuses on a Planning Area that extends from South Capitol Street, west to Maine Ave SW; from P Street SW, north to the I-395 Freeway.
The study area currently has one CaBi station and a few bike lanes and signed routes. For the future it notes that
With a growing legion of residents who bike for commute or recreation, Southwest can enhance its bicycle infrastructure to better tie into broader District greenways, like the Anacostia River Riverwalk Trail, The Wharf development and Potomac River, as well as major bike routes. Additional Capital Bikeshare locations should be identified to accommodate needs as demand grows.
The study calls for M Street and Maine Avenue to be made into complete streets, bike lane identified in the Move DC plan, more CaBi stations and a MUT along P street to connect the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the Wharf (nee Southwest Waterfront).
Bike lanes would be on 7th Street between 4th Street and Maine Avenue, 3rd Street between ‘I’ Street and M Street and First Street between M Street and P Street.
CaBi stations would be at ‘I’ Street at Randall Recreation Center, P Street and South Capitol Street, ‘I’ Street and Wesley Place at Library Park and at the new Wharf development.
It further recommends reinstating K and L Street between Half and Delaware to create more connectivity and increased access to Lansburgh Park.
If I bike through this area, it's usually E-W along Eye, M or P Street, or along Maine Avenue so seeing those roads improved would be great. I think they should also connect N Street and O Street between Canal and 4th - at least for cyclists and pedestrians. And then also connect K to 6th, the circle on the north side of Delaware to G Street and rebuild 3rd south of M. Heck, in the LONG term they should reconnect H Street through the area and in the really long term, reconnecting Delaware north of the study area would be a big boon for cyclists as well.
Basically, they should rebuild the street grid that was destroyed by the freeway and urban renewal. This neighborhood has less of an urban feel - lots of off street parking lots and dead end streets - than the rest of DC and it would improve it a lot to rebuild it to its previous form, one that better matches the rest of DC. That would make it much more bike friendly too.
The Plan is open for comments from now through January 30, 2015.