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I was giving Mayor Gray the benefit of the doubt when he said his administration would be pro-cycling. The L & M cycletracks were to be my personal litmus test.

So Mr Gray – DC a platinum bike city? Not to be on your watch!

How sad, if Fenty had been re-elected and if Klein had remained at DDOT we’d have those tracks now.

Oh well – back to taking the lane!

Were the east-west cycletrack plans to be only from the 15th street track west or all the way from the MBT across town? Either way, not having the protected cycletracks is a huge impediment for many bike commuters coming down the MBT from the NE DC area. My wife rides to work when she works in NE, but won't ride to work when she works downtown because she doesn't want to take the lane in crazy downtown traffic, but doesn't fancy pushing her bike on the sidewalk either. And going all the way down to the Capitol and up the PA Ave lanes and 15th st track is pretty out of the way and still doesn't get her very close to her office. Another car on the road...

@Greenbelt: Can she take the R Street lanes west, and then turn south whenever she needs to? The R Street lanes are great, and then whether she takes the 15th Street cycletrack or any of the other south-bound streets, there is safety in numbers.

(Not to imply that there are perfect alternatives to L & M lanes or cycletracks. The administration's decision to put improved facilities on those streets on hold is, sadly, not surprising.) (Personally, I would have prefered striped lanes. Far more practical and, frankly, safe [assuming cycletracks are "protected" by parked cars]. And, hey, would those have been more likely to actually go forward?)

I have zero faith that the Gray administration will do anything that wasn't already started (and by started, I mean under construction, not in planning) during the Fenty administration.

Why no faith? Because I'm a "doubting Thomas." I'll believe when I see facts on the ground. And facts on the ground from Gray are that he's not moving us forward on cycling.

Thanks Liz, I'll scope that alternative out this weekend.

Not shocked. I know L and M very well, at least from Connecticut to Georgetown. Very frustrating streets. There is room for a cycletrack, and for most of the day there isn't a lot of traffic. When there is traffic, however, it gets clogged up on stupid stuff.

If I remember, the plan for L wasn't to start the cycletrack until after New Hampshire. That would avoid the worst intersection. You'd have to kill a lot of street parking, however. I think L st could take the width reduction, but it gets clogged up again around Conn. Mostly construction though.

M from Conn to 21st was not a good candidate. Then at 23rd you have a problem with people making left turns. I could never decide which side of the road to put a cycletrack.

Huge problem withe sidewalk riders and salmoning on M st. There is a easy bypass (get on 25th, cut up to the pool) which might get a lot of people out of salmoning.

How many parkers per day will be inconvenienced, compared to the projected cyclists served?

I think this is an excellent question, and I'd love to see the answer, estimated as honestly and accurately as possible.

A true cross-downtown cycle path would fill a critical gap and serve a potentially large market.

@Greenbelt & others:

- DC's Bicycle Master Plan proposes a cycletrack on M St from Rock Creek/28th NW all the way to Florida Ave NE. The ThinkBike Workshop held last November focused on the segment between 26th and Thomas Circle.

- For L St, DC's Bicycle Master Plan proposes bike lanes between Pennsylvania/25th NW and Massachusetts/11th NW. The ThinkBike Workshop took this two steps further and recommended a cycletrack extending further east to New York/5th NW.

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