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All the work that went into creating these plans, and yet they still only through in some "door zone" painted bike lanes almost as an afterthought. Planners need to give bike infrastructure 21 century treatment when making these sort of grand designs since biking will enviably rise in the future as car dependence declines.

There's also a parallel MUP.

The problem with MUPs (which are really just nice sidewalks) is the fact that you are now mixing high speed bikes (relatively speaking) with slow moving pedestrians who do not look behind themselves before turning (and why should they if they are on a sidewalk). And adding any more than a few pedestrians to makes biking at any normal speed impossible (try biking the Mall during warm weather). Cars need streets, bikes need protected bikeways, and people need sidewalks. Any mixing of these should be the exception, not the rule.

A 12-foot wide MUP with no grade crossings is an extraordinarily nice sidewalk (I mean a "protected bikeway" is just a really nice sidewalk no?) While biking the Mall might be tough, people seem to manage to use the CCT and MVT for transportation pretty consistently.

But perhaps a Bikeway would be a better option. It wouldn't even require that much more space than the bike lanes do.

The problem with MUPs is they're limited access. CCT is fine for going from G'town to Bethesda,but there's only a couple places to get off. Proper on-street bike facilities allow access to everything.

That section of the CCT is not representative of multi-use paths since it goes through the Delecarlia water supply area, but even so, there are more than a couple of places to get on or off. Even along Potomac Avenue, where there is strangely no access bikable on a road bike, there's still access.

So, 1) it's hard to think of them being overly limited access in general, and 2) to the degree that they are limited access, there isn't any great disadvantage for most of them (that section of the CCT notwithstanding). It could even be argued that fewer access points improves safety. I greatly prefer riding on them to almost any on-street facility I've seen in the U.S., although I do tend to avoid them on nice weekends, for the reason that Bryan states. They're not perfect because of the mixed use, but it seems unlikely that we'll ever have bike boulevards here. Obviously they're not appropriate for high-speed training or group rides.

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