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not a single project listed here is worth a fucking damn...

do any of the people who advocate for or design for bikes ACTUALLY ride bikes significant distances?...

The problems at MVT and TR island have been discussed at length, and this could be a very worthwhile improvement. As could improvements to the heavily used connection by the Jeff Mem. The Pickett Rd Underpass used to exist, but was in decaying condition and was closed. Its more of a recreational route, connecting to the Cross County Trail. I don't see much online about the Mason to Metro route, but that is an area where modest investment could link some important destinations, and it also can add connectivity to existing trails (making it easier to connect to CCT and W&OD)

Not much in here for DC though. Even the DC improvement is more of interest to NoVans (plus people coming off the Crescent, I guess)

My favorite (biased by my route) was the 14th St Bridge project because "
it will...increase the width of crosswalk ramps, RELOCATE UTILITIES..." I really hope that they mean they remove that annoying pole right at the trail meeting the bridge (northbound side). The wider paths are also nicer too given how it's really a one person per entry onto that crosswalk. But just moving that one utility pole would make me much happier.

That pole has got to go. I once showed Jim Sebastian a streetview photo of that at a BAC meeting and he immediately fired off some emails about it. So DDOT is aware and concerned.

I am very excited about the GMU to Metro route and the underpass to Pickett. WOOT! I also am looking forward to the improvements on the Mt Vernon trail and 14th street bridge.

This funding source is very tricky to use, especially in DC. The local TA money can only go to local jurisdictions and not state DOTs. It was intended to give local cities, counties, etc. access to federal funding especially with regards to bike/ped projects. The issue has been many localities didn't know this funding stream was coming and therefore didn't have projects ready to go (the money is only design and construction, not planning or environmental assessments).

In MD & VA, there are plenty of localities eligible. Whereas in DC, DDOT can't use the money because it acts as both the state and city level DOT. Hence the reason NPS applied for funding. The 14th St Bridge project with widen and repave the path, move the Interstate sign and realign the crosswalk. It will get done and be much improved.


I'm glad the 14th Street Bridge is starting to get some recognition as a major cycling thoroughfare. The Pole of Doom near the outbound entrance is just one of the many obstacles. Wider entrances to both the bridge and the road near the Memorial are definitely needed here.

Any idea on the timeline for the 14th St. Bridge/East Basin Drive project? Are there issues with adding asphalt in cold weather? If not, then perhaps they could do the work in late fall/early winter or very early spring, when there are fewer cyclists on the trails.

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