The D.C. Department of Transportation has proposed adding two Southeast bicycle routes to the city's Bicycle Transportation Plan. The two routes are designed to provide better access to existing bike routes, increase safety and provide better sightseeing opportunities near the Anacostia River.

One route would start at 11th and M streets SE and end at 30th Street and Massachusetts Avenue SE. It would provide an Anacostia River crossing to the Massachusetts Avenue bicycle route that is safer than Sousa Bridge. Currently, bicyclists using Sousa Bridge must cross four freeway ramps between Barney Circle and Fairlawn Avenue.

The other route would begin at the eastern end of Barney Circle SE and end at the western end of the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge. It would serve as a bicycle transportation link between neighborhoods east and west of the Anacostia River and provide sightseeing opportunities in an underdeveloped section of the Anacostia River shoreline.

Both routes would give cyclists access to three existing bicycle routes: Massachusetts Avenue SE, Oklahoma Avenue NE and River Terrace NE.

Comments on the proposed bicycle routes may be submitted by Aug. 9 to the Office of Policy and Program Development, Room 519, 415 12th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.