Sorry for the radio silence. I don't know what I had, but I have some footage of me sick at home. But don't worry, I have used the last bit of Krypton's power (Yeah I know, I already did that in Superman II, but no one said this movie was good) to heal myself.
Anyway, while I was staving off death, DDOT released the Updated Eastern Protected Bike Lane Study. It's extensive - nearly a 100 pages long, and I haven't read it all because that would leave no time to look up deleted scenes from Superman IV. The main message is that DDOT has eliminated two alternatives (1 and 2) and what now remains are No-build, Alternative 3 and Alternative 4.
In addition to the No Build alternative, DDOT will advance Build Alternatives 3 and 4 for further design and analysis, both of which would provide a two-way protected lane on the east side of the street. Both alternatives result in beneficial bicycle infrastructure and each would expand the bicycling infrastructure on the eastern side of downtown. .... Both build alternatives result in minor traffic impacts...Both build alternatives require some changes to parking. Alternative 3, on 6th Street, affects more metered parking downtown and 16 Sunday angled spaced. Alternative 4, on 9 th Street, removes 35-45 residential spaces in Shaw and zero Sunday angled spaces. The Sunday parking effects on 6th Street in Alternative 3 could be mitigated by expanding the angled parking provision to an additional block on 6th Street or by modifying parking configurations on other side streets.
Some churches along on 6th Street and 9th Street have stated their concern that the addition of a protected bicycle lane will negatively affect the ability of people to access services and other church functions. Currently, select segments of 6th Street and 9th Street allow parking diagonally, in order to allow more cars to park in front of churches. Alternatives 1 and 2 would remove about 28 diagonal backin spaces; Alternative 3 would remove about 16 angled spaces; and Alternative 4 would remove zero spaces but relocate one of the four block faces to the opposite side of 9 th Street. In addition to designated parking, some churches also use roadway space for loading and unloading cars and buses during large events, such as funerals or large gatherings. DDOT has worked with church leaders to minimize effects on parking, by allowing angled parking through the bike lane on Sundays in Alternatives 1 and 2. Each of the alternatives offers flexibility for large events, such as funerals, to manage parking and provide improved bike facilities. Alternatives 3 and 4 provide greater flexibility in this regard for churches on the west side of both streets.
I'll note that in the description of the meetings with churches, not all oppose bike lanes and none mention gentrification as a concern.
The majority of comments showed support for bike lanes in a 52% to 48% split with the latter in favor of the no-build option. The most favored option is Alternative 3, the bi-directional protected lanes on the east side of 6th Street NW, which gained 40% of the overall preferences expressed. This was favored largely because of the minimal effects on church parking, traffic congestion, travel time, and the ability to function as a full-time protected bicycle facility.
The next step is to advance both build alternatives to the 30% stage.
After the preliminary design stage, if a build alternative is selected, DDOT can proceed with final design and then installation. Developing 30% design is typically a 6 to 9 month process for a project of this type, and final design and installation can take an additional 12 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of construction. During the 30% design process, DDOT will be able to better determine the timeline and timing of installation, if a build alternative is selected.
So 18-27 months till installation, if a build option is selected. Meanwhile, UHOP still opposes bike lanes on 6th, which is where Alternative 3, the most popular option, places them.