On June 9, 2016, DDOT will present the draft plan for on-street bike lanes in Fort Lincoln at our ANC Single Member District Meeting for community comment. This is an opportunity for residents to provide comments and ideas for enhancements. Please note that this does not include the off-street bike trail enhancements through Fort Lincoln to the planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Connection. That trail plan meeting will take place next year.
Over the past 3 months, we have been actively engaged with DDOT to assist in developing a bike lane plan throughout Fort Lincoln to address the following:
1. Provide safe on-street bike access through the Fort Lincoln Community to the planned connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
2. Provide solutions that will assist with traffic calming and minimal impacts to residents.
3. Make use of under-utilized streets which are contributing to unwanted criminal activity and illegal dumping.
4. Create a plan that is flexible and gives the community the ability to make modifications as needed in the future.
– Connection To the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail & Planning around Development.
As we get closer to the engineering phase of the community’s connection to the Fort Lincoln/Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ARWT); bike lanes are critical in introducing multimodal transportation infrastructure before the cars associated with our Shopping Center and large mult-family development currently under construction are completed.
Currently our entire community is treated as a highway due to a lack of metered intersections, wide medians & off street parking in our sub-divisions. The bike lanes will help in calming traffic by visually making motorist aware that this is a residential community and make them aware of cyclist.
–Timeline Milestones (Timeline is subject to change)
The anticipated timeline from initial review to paint on the street is as follows:
1. Review the presentation by DDOT and provide comments during the June 9, 2016 SMD 5C03Meeting as well as the as full ANC 5C meeting in June.
2. Between July & August 2016 the engineering phase will take place.
3. In September 2016, the Fort Lincoln Community will provide comment and vote on the plans. The comments and support will be presented to the full ANC 5C for vote. There is also a general public comment period. The goal is to have the lines painted before the Winter.
The following is a summary of the plan contents by DDOT. Please note that this summary will have updates prior to June 9th meeting based on initial observations also that bike lanes were not added on Banneker Drive & 33rd; they will be included with the trail plan next year:
The diagram below represents the overall bike lane plan. The blue lines represent bike lanes WITH parking and the yellow lines represent bike lanes WITHOUT parking.
Fort Lincoln Drive (from Bladensburg to 33rd) – each half of Ft Lincoln drive is 24 feet wide. The switching back and forth from one lane (with parking) to two lanes probably encourages unsafe speeding/passing, and makes crossing the street at the stop-sign intersections a stressful experience. We think we can accommodate any/all demand for street parking, maintain safe traffic operations, enhance pedestrian safety, and provide a really high-quality bike lane by making a cross-section that in most places looks something like this:
On segments of Ft Lincoln Dr where there’s no demand for parking (adjacent to the park, for instance), we would widen out the bikelane to keep that single traffic lane profile for safety.
31st Place – We think this is an important connection for bicyclists in the neighborhood to cross South Dakota Ave, and go down 31st St to get to V St. The tradeoff here is that there would only be enough room to provide street parking on one side of the street. Based on our initial look at the street, we think that parking on the south side of the street makes more sense, as it is the safer alternative for fast downhill riders, and there are houses on that side directly facing the street. But that is flexible. Our basic configuration would look like this (but we also have an alternative arrangement in mind if you think the community would want to preserve parking on both sides):
Cmdr. Joshua Barney Dr. – This facility is one that we are not as sure about. Long-term, the concept study may recommend going with an off-street trail on this street, and it may be advisable to hold off making any changes initially here until some long-term decisions are made. But in the short term, we think that there’s room for a two-way protected bike lane, running along the north/east curb, looping around to the Market St entrance to the retail. There are two limits to this. The first is parking, which (like on 31st) would be limited to one side of the street. The side of the street can vary by block, however, so parking could be on the south curb by the Villages at Dakota Crossing townhomes, but adjacent to the Wesley House on the other side further up. The second is bus stops – bus stops and two-way cycletracks don’t work very well together. It looks like there’s a single bus stop on J Barney, which we might be able to work with. But if more are planned to serve the new residential, we may want to consider conventional bike lanes instead (exactly as shown for 31st Pl):