The Georgetown BID has been working for some time on a MWCOG Transportation Land-use Connections grant that will allow them to study and plan improvements to the K Street/Water Street corridor, with the focus being a bike path connection between the Capital Crescent Trail trailhead and the Rock Creek Park Trail. The study would also look at ways to improve the pedestrian spaces in the corridor.
As part of this process, the BID will be holding a public meeting at Georgetown Waterfront Park on June 25th between 10 AM and Noon to go over the plan and follow it with a walking tour.
There are two phases to the K Street and Water Street Bikeway/Pedestrian Enhancements. The first is an interim phase that will go into place until the streetcar is extended. It would involve an 11' wide, two-way protected bikeway on the southside of the street, painted bicycle and pedestrian crosswalks, curb extensions and a traffic circle at the intersection of Water Street and 34th Street. Beyond 34th Street, vehicular traffic on Water street would be limit.
The second phase, the optimum phase, would come into play when the streetcar arrives. DDOT needs the whole right-of-way for their streetcar design, so the bicycle connection would be moved to an expanded 16' wide, multi-use path on the north side of Georgetown Waterfront Park. The traffic circle, and limit access west of 34th would remain.
It would also build a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Rock Creek on the east end.
I suspect there are more than a few cyclists who are interested in this connection and in seeing Water Street improved. Attending this meeting is an opportunity to help with that.