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I honestly can't remember ever seeing a sign there...at least not in the last 18 months that I've lived on the Hill.


It's been gone for at least 6 months, but was definitely there in late 2008

I remember it being there, not sure when it was taken down but it's never been enforced since I've lived on the Hill. That's the bike route.

The Capitol and the White House are two examples of what I'd like to call a "Security Woonerf", which is almost my favorite bit of bike/ped infrastructure in the city.

I wonder if it's a uniquely Washingtonian thing, but I'd like to see a couple rules formalized for security woonerven so that campuses that are evolving towards that can make choices that support bike/ped flow. Soon, we'll get one on E St. NW, and I would consider the fortified State Department complex in Foggy Bottom another one. The future State Dept. half of Walter Reed could be another. I'd also like to see something like that for the Old Soldier's Home.

The concept is especially important for these federal campuses that take up huge acreage in the middle of the city, and thus make direct routes impossible. The security woonerf re-establishes the flow for non-threatening users like cyclists & pedestrians.

Last I checked, there were still some no-bikes signs on the closed streets south of Independence, between the LOC and House office buildings. Sidewalk riding is a-okay, but not in the street -- a pain for anyone headed to NW from the Navy Yard area. (Never noticed any such signs on the Senate side.)

@Will: I like the idea of the "security woonerf." This approach could reconcile the feds' security obsession with better, more pedestrian-friendly urban design and with a less congested urban core. Coincidentally, NCPC is accepting public comments on federal urban design -- and it really does take just a moment to suggest that Lafayette Square is a great, pedestrian-friendly, secure urban space.

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