At a council listening to Thursday, D.C.’s Department of Transportation appearing director Sharon Kershbaum stated modifications to the busy street gained’t embody bike lanes.

D.C.’s Department of Transportation isn’t shifting ahead with a mission that may have put in bike lanes alongside a stretch of Connecticut Avenue in Northwest.

At a council listening to Thursday, DDOT appearing director Sharon Kershbaum stated modifications to the busy street gained’t embody bike lanes.

“It has at all times been a security mission,” Kershbaum stated. “It’s on our ‘High Injury Network.’ And someway, through the years, that form of morphed into a motorbike mission.”

Proponents of the mission argued that it might make Connecticut Avenue safer for cyclists. But opponents stated it might hurt companies by taking away avenue parking and will end in extra drivers slicing by way of surrounding neighborhoods.

The mission would have added bike lanes to a several-mile stretch of the street that went from Woodley Park to Chevy Chase.

Moving ahead, Kershbaum stated, town is hoping to “determine another options which are actually protected and sturdy for protected bike lanes and that that may be the place cyclists would select to make use of to journey north to south.”

The proprietor of Happy Go Bikes alongside Connecticut Avenue, who requested to not be recognized by title, stated he anticipated the bike lanes have been unlikely to get put in due to the lengthy delay within the mission. Few cyclists use the street, he stated, as a result of they take into account it harmful.

He stays on the sidewalk if he’s using his bike within the space.

“With the bike lanes, I feel you’d see plenty of individuals using down Connecticut Avenue to get to work,” he stated. “It’s the shortest path to get downtown.”

But residents like Lee Mayer had issues about what bike lanes would imply for visitors and companies. Mayer, who’s president of the group Save Connecticut Ave, stated the president of the D.C. police union argued bike lanes might sluggish first responders down and end in longer response instances.

Lee Mayer, president of the group Save Connecticut Ave. (WTOP/Scott Gelman)

The mission could have additionally made the street extra harmful, Mayer stated, “with individuals having street rage and making an attempt to get off of Connecticut Avenue, diverting onto neighborhood streets.”

Mayer can be apprehensive in regards to the enterprise implications.

“Where would anyone who needs to drive to a restaurant or buy groceries, the place would they park?” Mayer stated.

Michael Harrison, supervisor at Parthenon Restaurant & Chevy Chase Lounge, referred to as town’s resolution to not transfer ahead with the bike lanes “an ideal victory for this group.”

“To the cyclists, I don’t know what number of there are on the market. But there’s sidewalks, there’s again roads, there are streets. They’re already on these anyhow, simply proceed with what you’re doing,” Harrison stated.

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