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The residents refuse to move their cars. That's one reason it keeps getting moved back.

I've never understood why that block wasn't just made two-way. Is there some historical or functional reason why it's one way now?

Several residents expressed unhappiness with the installation of the contraflow bikelane - see the Eckington listserv from 3/4/12. A short notice midday meeting with DDOT was held on Monday, and some concerns were addressed. Long and short of it: lane will be installed.

My roundup of the meeting with DDOT, as posted on the Eckington listserv:
- of the few folks who were able to make it, I would say that only one was completely against the bike lanes (and sharrows for that matter) on principle.
- most of the folks were annoyed that, though have been told it would not happen, three parking spots were removed to accommodate the new street configuration.
- the DDOT reps were very sympathetic to the parking issue, and several options to remedy that issue were discussed - one spot will come back immediately, and the other two should come back if they can figure out how to reconfigure or remove the bus stop.
- general concern was expressed about how 'narrow' the road was becoming, but the DDOT folk stated pretty clearly that the road will still be pretty wide by DC standards.
- general concern was expressed about truck traffic - which has been an ongoing issue for R St for many years - DDOT said they will continue to look for a resolution.
- the contra flow lane should be finished this week

Looks like it will be a nice bike lane, but the problem with the contra flow is that as debris accumulates there, there is no way a street sweeper can get at it (as if they would anyways). Thus if glass or something sharp is in the lane, cyclists have no way to swerve around it. Still nice to have a lane, but maybe we can address this problem.

I think it is also prevalent even on the 15th street cycle track, though I think a street sweeper would be able to fit there (not that they ever do).

I rode there yesterday, giving a tour, and I didn't even notice the markings.

This photo demonstrates a failing with many DC bike lanes. Paint is not sufficient separation for keeping car-drivers from doing whatever the hell they want. DC should be also installing some sort of physical separation of some sort. Probably doesn't matter if it's curbs, raised bumps, or plastic bollards, it needs to be something to keep the cars out of the designated bike areas. Why aren't we insisting on these type of separation devices?

Probably doesn't matter if it's curbs, raised bumps, or plastic bollards, it needs to be something to keep the cars out of the designated bike areas.

Except when it does ...


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