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Is there a reason why the parking wasn't floated off the curb and allow for a PBL?

Could it be because of interference with the bulbed out intersections?

Was a Dutch design considered whereby the PBL would bend behind the bulb out and run alongside the pedestrian crosswalk?

I think there wasn't room. You need another foot or two to do that.

Perhaps the thru lanes could have been reduced to 10' rather than 11'?

There's plenty of room, but DDOT is simply not very creative or is unwilling to reduce parking. We need to step up and starting pushing for better designs, or we'll be stuck with substandard designs for decades to come. Check out a Dutch-style design that fits in easily in the existing roadway dimensions and doesn't require moving storm drains.

Maryland Ave NE protected bike lane

GIF here:

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