DDOT may restore two-way traffic on 15th Street
NYC DOT has been on a tear recently converting some excessively wide, one-way neighborhood streets like Carlton Ave in Fort Greene and 9th Street in Park Slope into two-way streets with medians and bike lanes that balance the needs of cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
DC has some of these too, like 15th Street NW, a four-lane (plus parking) high-speed road that's about as wide as a Manhattan avenue but with much less traffic. As DDOT's traffic study (
not posted yet online now here) says,
In the 1960s', transportation officials converted many of the District's two-way streets to one-way traffic to move large numbers of vehicles in and out of the city. Back then, moving cars was a priority. In the 21st century, however, the situation looks different. Residents enjoy biking and walking to nearby destinations and to downtown, 15th Street itself, with one-way, high-speed traffic, resembles and urban freeway and does not reflect the neighborhood through which it flows.When I've visited the area, that street has a a less pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood feel, making it quite simply less pleasant to walk, shop, or live in that area.
The draft traffic report, which I got a copy of at last night's Dupont Circle ANC meeting, considers four options:
- 3 northbound lanes, 1 northbound bicycle lane
- 3 northbound lanes, 2-way cycle track
- 2 northbound lanes, 1 southbound lane, and 2 bicycle lanes
- 1 northbound lane, 1 southbound lane, 1 middle turn lane, and 2 bicycle lanes
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