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Where is the picture in this post from? I haven't seen any separated lanes like that in DC.

that's Montreal

The lack of progress on the Met Branch is frustrating, and the contrast between the bike plan goal (to finish the trail in 2007) and actual situation illustrates this quite well. Even the goal of completing the next section by July '09 is a pushback from the last date I had heard, which was fall '08.

Any word on whether they are keeping up with the revised construction schedule for the ART that is posted on the DDOT website? (http://ddot.washingtondc.gov/ddot/lib/ddot/information/bicycle/trails/anacostiarivertrail_factsheet_2007.pdf)
This schedule indicates work should have already started on the section through Anacostia Park, or perhaps will start this spring (the map seems to disagree with the chart).

As far as I know, work has not begun on the Anacostia Park section. I'll ask at the next meeting.

It's discouraging to see that all of the DDOT proposals put the bike lanes in the "door zone." DDOT is recommending an eight-foot parking lane, a five-foot bike lane, and a ten-foot travel lane. This sounds like a lot, but it's not. The diagram with the blog posting shows 18' from the curb as a good position, but that's probably a bit much. But 13' is definitely not enough. It is not uncommon for large vehicles to extend 10' from the curb with the door open (see http://www.bikexprt.com/bikepol/facil/lanes/doorwidth.htm), so a 5' bike lane would need a distance from the curb of 15' to be out of the door zone. (If you look at the picture on page 5 of the DDOT proposal, the pickup truck is unable to park completely within an 8' parking lane.) The discouraging part is that the proposal shows that DDOT just doesn't "get" bike lanes.

See this article: http://www.bikexprt.com/massfacil/cambridge/doorzone/laird1.htm for an example of the danger of door-zone bike lanes.

A much better alignment would be to divide the 56' feet of the road into two 10' travel lanes and one 8' parking lane in each direction. Paint the outside lanes with sharrows and put up signs saying "Cyclists allowed full use of travel lanes." This would be safer, and would give better quality of service to both motorists and cyclists.

damn contrarian is smart...what does he do for a living?...

he's right on (although to keep his head from swelling: the issues regarding urban and regional planning arent exactly that difficult).

I give unsolicited advice.

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