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In this plan, the number of "travel lanes" will NOT be reduced from 3 to 2. There will still be 3 travel lanes, but cars and bikes will be separated into dedicated lanes. (Even GGW uses the autocentric description)

The broad avenue will not be "narrowed" (not like anyone's moving any buildings).

The fact that the proposed changes are closer to the historical design isn't reason enough to do it, but impt to note that the dominance of the car was a change from previous mode share, so CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!!

Did this L'Enfant guy even know WTF a car is?

The L'Enfant Plan is on the National Register of Historic Places, so alterations to it (vistas, widths, closures, etc.) are subject to review by the HPRB. Alteration is possible, but it's a matter of fact (not opinion) that the L'Enfant Plan is historic and that changes to it are evaluated for their effect on its historic character.

Also keep in mind, that when L'Enfant said street width, he was referring to the measurement from property line to property line, i.e. front door to front door. So a 110 foot width would include front yards (which are technically public space), sidewalks and roadways.

how about a dedicated and physically separated bikeway??

Pennsylvania Avenue would be perfect for this kind of thing.

I've been coming around to that. To make it work like Pike/Allen in NYC - which isn't done yet - you have to make left hand turns across the "mall" illegal. That won't be easy to do politically. It also helps to close some of the crossings - again not easy. In NYC there are many people in the neighborhood against the changes. Luckily the BID and other groups are for it and are working together well to answer questions.

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