Proposed Bike Lanes for PA Avenue SE Will Reduce Travel Lanes – May Affect Parking
By Larry Janezich
Wednesday night, Mike Goodno and Greg Greg Matlesky, managers of DDOT’s Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Study, told ANC6B’s Transportation Committee some of the details of a plan to put bike lanes on PA Avenue between 2nd Street, SE and Barney Circle.
According to Goodno, the goal is to help get people out of cars, and would accomplish this by redesigning the avenue to provide for safer, more accessible, multi-modal transportation options – in this case, buses and bicycles. This is in keeping with DC’s long term goal of significantly improving non-motorized transportation conditions in the city.
Currently, PA Avenue from 2nd Street to Barney Circle has three travel lanes and a parking lane, but no bike lane.
There are three alternatives being considered to provide bike lanes. All of them will reduce the number of travel lanes and two of them would provide for restricted parking during rush hour.
The first proposal would provide two travel lanes, restricted parking during rush hour, a rush hour priority bus lane and a curbside bike lane.
The second alternative would provide two travel lanes, a full-time parking lane, a curbside bike lane, but no dedicated bus lane.
A third alternative would provide two travel lanes, restricted parking during rush hour, a rush-hour bus lane, and a median-side bike lane.
6B Transportation Committee resident member Floyd Brown raised the concern that few drivers on the commuter route would be likely to use the bike or bus options and a reduced number of travel lanes would divert auto traffic onto secondary residential streets. The managers said they would take a look at that before the upcoming community meeting when more details of the plan would be presented.
Resident commissioner John Manley pressed Goodno and Metlesky about what happens to bikers after 2nd Street as they travel west, since the bike lane would not continue on to Independence Avenue. DDOT has no clear answer on that, or on what happens to bikers traveling east after they reach Barney Circle.
A community meeting was scheduled on March 25 at 6:00pm at Friendship school until a Commissioner Kelly Waud pointed out that it conflicted with Councilmember Charles Allen’s Budget Town Hall scheduled for the same time at Maury Elementary. Goodno said the date of the DDOT community meeting may be changed.
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