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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012

L Street Protected Bike Lane Slated for Summer Completion

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently announced a completion date for the soon to be installed protected bicycle lane on L Street, NW. The bike lane on the north side of L Street between New Hampshire Avenue and 12th Street, NW will be completed this summer and is the second of its kind in the District (15th Street, NW being the first). The separated lane is designed to give bicyclists more protection from cars than a typical bike lane, and to prevent delivery vehicles from illegally parking in the bike lane.

“I am pleased that this long awaited project is finally nearing completion, as the number of bicycle commuters continues to rise every year across the District,” said Evans. “We want to do all we can to ensure the safety of cyclists and promote the sharing of the roadway.”

Parking will be removed from the north side of the street in order to maintain three motor vehicle travel lanes and improve cyclist visibility. Non-rush hour parking and loading will remain on the south side of the street. DDOT is relocating affected loading zones to appropriate nearby locations and working with the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to better utilize alleys and loading docks.

The new lanes were a result of comments received during DDOT’s K Street Transit Corridor planning process and several public meetings related to bike lanes on L, M, Eye, and 15th Streets as well as Pennsylvania Avenue in 2010. Additional meetings with DDOT are slated for the spring.

The installation of the L Street bike lane will coincide with the resurfacing of the roadway.

For additional information the L Street proposal and all of the District’s bike lanes, please click here.

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