A one-block break in the M Street cycletrack

August 19, 2013

If a church needs three of four lanes on a street for parking on Sundays, what’s better: shrink down a planned cycletrack to a basic painted bike lane, or allow parking in the cycletrack some of the time?

The long-awaited and much-delayed east-west protected bike lane, or “cycletrack,” will finally go in on M Street NW in October, but without protection for cyclists on one block. Many residents have been quite angry at the sudden change.

I spoke to Sam Zimbabwe, the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) associate director for policy, planning, and sustainability (which includes the bicycle program). He provided some more details on why he and his group made the decision they did.

There isn’t room to preserve all of the Sunday on-street parking on the block and add a cycletrack. Therefore, one of four things would have to happen:

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

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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