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I have a few comments, coming from both Montreal and New York and seeing the cycle tracks in both places. First, I believe the proposed configuration in DC will get a LOT of people to use bikes. It creates a slow biking environment that is protected from car traffic, connects to destinations and other cycle tracks, and provides an obvious return route. That said, the narrow 2-way design will create a slower biking environment. You simply can't ride at a fast speed without hitting other bikes. Thus, in Montreal, the slower, more cautious riders (parents, kids, older folks, etc.) all use the cycle tracks, and those that want to bike fast use other streets. Thus, it appears that the narrower, 2-way design both encourages more people to try cycling, and slows down the cycling environment, benefiting pedestrians and the public perception of cyclists. The DC plan should function similarly, and appears to address some of the safety issues of the Montreal design.

In NYC, they are still having a lot of problems will asshole bikers terrorizing pedestrian while riding in the new cycle tracks. This makes it more difficult to build more cycle tracks.

I am very curious to see the plans for the bus stop. NYC avoids the issue altogether, while both Montreal and Vancouver build a bus stop with a raised crosswalk across the cycle track. The plans here show nothing, which is a non-solution.

by Jacob on Sep 11, 2010 12:14 am • linkreport

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