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Why is the center line of the bike lanes not yellow? This seems very odd to me.

I just rode on these (evidently unofficially) after the D.C. tri. Wasn't a bad setup. Much better than the bike lane in Adam's Morgan the is between the two car lanes. But the Penn Ave bike lane just ends at the White House as most bike lanes in the city do. Just leave you sitting in the middle of traffic on your bike.

Charlie, since they scrapped the initial design, which was damn near perfect, the redesign has relegated bicycling to second class status. As such, there is literally no room for a yellow center line. You can see that clearly in the picture.

Snarky, passive aggressive comment aside, I must say that this is a huge disappointment. There's a lot to say, but if I had to boil it down, I'd say I have three grievances:

(1) DDOT did not allow sufficient time for public comment on the initial design. Let bicyclists ride the thing for a month before you make judgements about safety and congestion/choke point issues.

(2) scrapping the initial design robbed the city of the long overdue opportunity to narrow Pennsylvania Avenue from 4 traffic lanes to 3. We simply do not need 4 lanes in each direction. Robert Moses is dead, so let's start getting rid of the de facto superhighways cutting across our cities.

(3) that the bike lanes force you to go through pedestrian islands is extremely unsafe. Forget about the earlier post on this blog about issues with that at night time (thank you, by the way, for writing that post), it's flat out dangerous during the day. Rode through it this morning, and at EVERY intersection I encountered pedestrians who kindly sandwiched themselves as best they could so that I could continue through my green light without having to adjust my pace. I almost would have had to dismount if they weren't so kind and aware of their surroundings. Gabe Klein's comment about those islands not ever being used much was so amateurish. It doesn't matter. The fact is, they are used, and even when I encountered a lone pedestrian at one intersection, the poor guy still had to go through the uncomfortable experience of being boxed in, since a bicyclist in the opposite direction from me was crossing at the same time I was. You don't have to have hordes of pedestrians for this configuration to be inconvenient at best, dangerous at worst.

Agree very much with TFAK's #1 and #2. The city should've studied what they first put in before stripping it out and agreed, with Constitution being a highway only a few blocks away, there's no need for a diagonal 8 lane road only a few blocks away.

Agree strongly on TFAK's #3, based on my ride yesterday around noon (same ride where I took that pic of the FPS Suburban). Nearly every pedestrian island was occupied, often by very large groups, and only because some were aware and very considerate was I able to bike through green lights at speed.

Even if they weren't occupied, as TFAK says, it's a fundamentally flawed design, putting stationary pedestrians directly in the same space as bicycles being directed by a green through-arrow. It's second class unsafe treatment for both cyclists and pedestrians, and there's going to be a crash. Perhaps the resulting lawsuit will bring the 'rest of the story' behind the redesign to light.

Another Amen! Running the bike lanes through the pedestrian refuge area is bad, bad, bad!

Perhaps the resulting lawsuit will bring the 'rest of the story' behind the redesign to light.

"Your honor, I'd like to call the next witness to the stand. Mr. John B. Townsend II from AAA Mid-Atlantic."

Love the FPS Suburban there, BTW. Reminds me that if motorists want something to blame for traffic jams in DC, motorcades and sometimes obnoxious federal vehicles would be a better place to start than losing a lousy lane on PA Ave.

I rode the new bike lanes last Friday at evening rush hour. The bulk of the motor traffic tie-ups I observed were due to box-blocking a-holes in CARS. I counted at least 20 other bikes on the technically closed bike lanes, plus a couple pedicabs.

I didn't really have any issues w/ pedestrians, but I can certainly see how there might be some serious problems at the islands w/ large (tour) groups of pedestrians possibly stopping mid-street and blocking bike lanes, especially given the way that out-of-town-tourist pedestrians have a penchant for obliviously walking 5-abreast along the trails on the Mall. Transfer that behovior to the PA Ave pedestrian islands, and it could indeed be a recipe for bike-ped conflicts...

All that being said, when I rode them, they were pretty nice, although I can see where the width they took back would definitely have contributed to a safer design for cyclists.

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