Today, the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) took the cover off a new initiative called We Move DC, a year-long process to build a comprehensive transportation plan. They have a big event planned for Feb. 9, a rudimentary online poll and promise more to come.
The District has many smaller transportation plans, like the Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, a plan for the Anacostia waterfront, individual neighborhood Livability Studies, and more, but they don’t all fit together.
That means that when planners or engineers are looking at changing one roadway or intersection, there often aren’t clear objectives about how to make tradeoffs.
Downtown, for instance, at one point bicycle planners were thinking about cycle tracks on I Street and bus planners wanted bus lanes there. On 16th Street in Columbia Heights there are dueling ideas for a median, to enhance pedestrian safety, or a bus lane, to speed transit. The 14th Street plaza, meanwhile, grew the public space but slowed down cars and buses.
Should Connecticut Avenue get a median? Wisconsin Avenue get bus and/or bike lanes? Is it possible to do all of these without creating too much traffic? If streetcars go on some corridors, will there be parallel cycle tracks so cyclists don’t get caught in the rails? And should M Street SE/SW be for cars, transit, bicycles, or pedestrians if it’s not possible to give all modes what they want?
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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