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(DDOT's own summary of progress toward the 2005 bike / ped plan was included in the final MoveDC report.)

There are some standing concerns about the lack of "wayfinding" and about "gaps in the network", which are issues that might be addressed by development of a signed route system.

I have no idea what resources DDOT expected that goal to require, but in the smartphone era (which was also unthinkable in 04/05 when we helped shape that plan) it probably could be laid out in a couple of weeks with the Strava heatmap and Bikeshare trip data as starting points. Signing it would take a while though, not to mention some funding.

I think we've undervalued this goal. With the creation of Bikeshare we've seen a strong increase in irregular riders, both residents and guests, who may not be aware of the best ways to connect between stations. I've long held the position that Bikeshare demand was an opportunity to drive infrastructure improvements like wayfinding and traffic calming - or official bike routes.

A robust route system could also help maintenance and enforcement agencies to prioritize their limited resources. While bikes are welcome on nearly all 1,500 miles of DC roads, knowing that 150 miles of them are especially critical to the well-designed bicycle route system would probably be a relief!

DC Vision Zero also touches on the idea of priority corridors in its current Action Plan. Creating dedicated, separated space for cycling is the most effective way to increase comfort and safety, and enticing bicycle traffic to use inherently safer roads also helps accomplish that goal. By making use of them in the form of official bike routes and giving them Vision Zero priority, DDOT could take a huge step toward eliminating cyclist deaths and serious injuries with minimal effort.

That universal bike education was developed by and is only at DCPS schools, the charters are independent and may or may not offer bike education. This is important to note because only slightly more than half of students attend DCPS schools.

"Schwinn effect." Ha! Love it. I actually do think there has been a noticeable improvement in the intelligence of motorist behavior around cyclists in the 26+ years I've been living and cycling in the area, but I have no data to support that claim. However, if there is a real trend, it must be related to improved nutrition and I thank Whole Foods.

I have no idea what resources DDOT expected that goal [signed bike routes] to require

$170,000 over 10 years.

Now that I'm on a computer I have reviewed and can link the MoveDC update. Note that the snapshot date for this is late 2013, so some developments in 2014 and 2015 are not included.


Thanks DaveS, I forgot about that snapshot, it's more thorough then the one I did, even if it is out of date.

Educating drivers: I recently learned that a question on the DC drivers written test is misleading and possibly dangerous to bikers. The question asks,

"How many feet should you allow from the side of your vehicle when driving around bicyclists?"

A. 2 feet
B. 5 feet
C. 3 feet
D. 4 feet

It's a poorly written question implying drivers can ONLY give 3 ft.

A friend took the test last week and answered 5ft and got it wrong, when 5ft is a correct answer! There is no legal maximum.

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