electrical bike Bike lane, Capital Bikeshare station being constructed on G Avenue – The GW Hatchet
Earlier than the month is over, a newly constructed protected bike lane and an extra Capital Bikeshare station might be added to the G Avenue hall in Foggy Backside.
Senior James Harnett, the chair of the Foggy Backside and West Finish Advisory Neighborhood Fee, stated metropolis officers are putting in a two-way protected bike lane that may reduce by means of the guts of campus and join Virginia Avenue to the White Home, the place the lane begins and finishes. Harnett stated G Avenue may even obtain a brand new Capital Bikeshare station with 15 to twenty new bike slots on the nook of twenty first and G Avenue, the sixth such station on campus.
The development of the G Avenue bike lane, a course of that started Sept. 30 and is about to conclude Oct. 24, is the second bike lane development undertaking to kick off in Foggy Backside this month. Harnett stated officers began work on the twentieth and twenty first road lanes earlier this week, which can run north and south by means of campus, connecting Dupont Circle to the Nationwide Mall.
Harnett stated the 2 tasks will assist rectify security on roadways all through Foggy Backside throughout a time when visitors fatalities proceed to bubble all through the District.
“These two bike lanes are going to supply the mandatory entry, the mandatory protected entry for college students to really feel like they’ll get on a motorcycle, get round campus, get across the metropolis and their life isn’t in imminent hazard,” Harnett stated.
Harnett stated the G Avenue bike lane measures 12 ft huge to permit cyclists 6 ft of house once they’re biking in every path – a characteristic that exceeds town’s 8 ft minimal width requirement. He stated white bollards, brief plastic posts, will line the lane, and concrete slabs will defend each different publish so as to add one other layer of safety for commuters within the bike lane.
Harnett stated metropolis officers are additionally decking G Avenue with parking indicators and visitors indicators to alert drivers of the brand new lane and the place they’ll transfer on the highway. Though officers wanted to take away greater than 120 parking areas from the south facet of the road, Harnett stated the north facet of the highway permits group members to separate house between bikers and drivers, who he stated will nonetheless have room to park and drive by means of Foggy Backside.
“We’re alright with eradicating parking, and I made clear that the precedence must be on bicycle owner security and the necessity to retailer privately owned automobiles on public house needed to be and was the bottom precedence by way of our design of this undertaking,” he stated.
Harnett stated town’s preliminary bike lane proposal within the 2005 D.C. Bicycle Grasp Plan, which proposes one-way lanes on G and F streets whereas sustaining parking, would have narrowed streets often congested with business automobiles heading to native buildings and would have confused bikers concerning the lane’s visitors path. The ANC passed a decision final yr requesting the District Division of Transportation rework its plans to assemble a two-way lane on G Avenue.
“We had been pushing again towards the plan they’d as a result of we thought we had a greater one and one that really supplied higher connectivity, higher security and a greater community, and as soon as they acknowledged that, we had been off to the races,” Harnett stated. “And it got here all the way down to me simply sitting down with of us and speaking about block by block, how this was a greater plan.”