Thanks to GreaterGreater Washington for a heads-up on the Georgetown Transportation Study that started last fall. David writes about how the "emphasis is on improving pedestrian and bicycle safety," according to DDOT Ward 2 rep Chris Ziemann though most of the changes involve creating new one way streets and reversing others.
Despite the supposed focus on pedestrian and bicycle improvements, the report spends most of its ink on "Level of Service" (LOS) charts, which measure the average delay a car would wait at each intersection. This is a traditional tool of traffic planners, but thinking of transportation in these terms always leads to planners wanting to widen intersections and add lanes in ways that ultimately make an area more appealing to drive and less appealing to walk, pushing people toward driving over walking and further adding pressure to improve LOS.
Looking at the report with an eye on biking here's what I find.
Under transportation issues, they mention the following improvements:
11. bike-vehicle conflicts at the Key Bridge - add bicycle warning signs and later bicycle activated flashers
17. high bike volume on K Street - Install pylons to improve driver awareness and later complete the trail network
18. bike-vehicle conflicts at K and Rock Creek Parkway - add bicycle warning signs and later motion sensitive flashers
24. the inadequacy of the Rose Park Trail - complete the sidewalk and trail connection
Under "additional Options" they listed
- Bicycle lanes
- Smart bike location south of M Street on Wisconsin (short rental of bicycles throughout DC – pilot program of DDOT)
- Bike boxes at intersections allowing bikes to go to the front of the intersection and queue rather than within the lane of traffic.
This leaves out the most desperate need of massive amounts of bike parking - it may be the hardest place to find good bike parking - even though the recognize that auto parking needs improvement. And there appears to be no actual plans to add bike lanes or bike boxes, just a recognition that those are options. There's a plan for bus only lanes on Wisconsin that may be for bikes too (my supposition, it's not mentioned).
The plan seems geared to moving cars and only pays lip service to bike safety (in my opinion).
If you live, work or bike in Georgetown you may want to get involved in this process by attending the next meeting in June (no date that I could find yet) or by
- Providing comments through this web site
- Providing written comments to Chris Ziemann (DDOT Transportation Planning Specialist, Ward 2, 2000 14th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009)
- Checking out the web site on a regular basis