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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Bike lane pylons: A snowplow dilemma

Winter is getting closer and closer, which means sooner or later the District will likely see some snow. The D.C. Department of Transportation is pondering how to ensure they can plow the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes when snow does come.

DDOT uses large plows to clear Pennsylvania Avenue and other major roads quickly after a snowstorm. The large plow, however, can’t fit in the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes, at least not as long as the white pylons remain near intersections.

DDOT added those pylons to make sure drivers realize they’re not supposed to drive in the lanes when making turns. Occasionally, some do anyway, and police cars periodically park in them, but most of the time the pylons effectively guide drivers and protect cyclists at the corners, where there are more conflicting turning movements.

A smaller plow could come back later to clear the snow from the lanes, but depending on the size of a snowstorm, this would likely not happen until 24 to 48 hours later, meaning the lanes could remain impassable for up to two days while the regular roadway is clear.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

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