ThinkBike Washington, DC/Final Session
Program
Welcome by Pex Langenberg, Transport Counselor, Dutch
Embassy
Remarks from Congressmen Earl Blumentauer, Tom Petry...
ThinkBike
November 16, 2010
Team Orange
L&M
U.S. vs. Netherlands
American trip patterns are not
dramatically longer than the
Dutch
Most trips are less than 4 miles
lo...
Policy Differences between DC and Netherlands
– Cost of getting a drivers license
– Price of gasoline
– Price/availability...
Goals/recommendations for the workshop
Apply Dutch principles of bicycle facility design to Downtown Washington, DC
Design...
Project: Creating the Crosstown Bikeway
as a Regional Transportation Connection
L and M Streets
From Met Branch trail to G...
Workshop process
Presentations by Dutch experts
Surveyed L & M Streets
Reviewed maps
Brainstormed
Created design treatments
Integrated Downtown Network
Design focuses on L & M Street
Key piece to create an integrated
network:
– North-Souths
– Dia...
Rock Creek
Park Trail to
Northwest
Met Branch
Trail to
Silver
Spring
Mount
Vernon Trail
Capital
Crescent
and
C&O Trails
Cu...
Diagonal intersection crossing (L Street @ Mass. Ave.)
L Street cross section
L Street Intersection treatment
L Street/15th Street – Cycle Track to Cycle Track
M Street
Treat M Street as sub-sections of like blocks
“Woone
rf”
Living
Zone
Golden
Triangle
Thoma
s Circle
West End
AAD
T: 16-22
...
Cross section – Thomas Circle to Connecticut Ave.
Cross section – Connecticut Ave. to 23rd Street
Dealing with conflicts – parking garages
Issues/Areas of concern
Snow clearance/maintenance of way
Turning movements
Coordinating freight/delivery to manage traffi...
Qualities of the facility (meta-lessons)
Bi-directional
– Dutch wisdom: “bikes flow like water”
– Even in a one way facili...
Materials and treatments
Use materials and colors to differentiate bike space
Extend Dutch home zone concepts to Downtown
Emphasize 25 mph speed limit
Enhance public space/quality of life at key
inter...
Extend the amount and quality of the public space
such as at M Street and Connecticut Ave.
Implementation – Begin Small
Short term
Paint
Plastic bollards
Lane markings
Long term
Hard core physical treatments
Media...
ThinkBike Washington, DC/Team Blue
M Street Existing Conditions
M Street Recommendations
•One-way cycle track on both sides of the street
•Cycle tracks buffered by a landscape strip with...
M Street Cross Section
Amsterdam – Bike Lane Crossing
M Street Intersection Example
37
I Street Recommendations
•Bicycle boulevard principles
•Possibly limit through-volumes by
restricting traffic every 2-3 bl...
I Street Cross Section A
I Street Existing Conditions
I Street SW Intersection Revision
I Street Cross Section B
I Street SE Missing Connection
I Street Connection
I Street & South Capitol Street
I Street & South Capitol Street
I Street & South Capitol Street
4th	
  Street	
  Bicycle
Lanes	
  –	
  North	
  South	
  Route	
  
to	
  Mall	
  /	
  Pennsylvania	
  Ave
2	
  Way	
  Cycle	
  Track
Anacos@a	
  River	
  
Trail
Fort	
  McNair
4th	
  St.	
  Bike	
  Lanes
Maintain	
  On-­‐street	...
P Street SW

P Street SW – 2 Way Cycle Track with
Buffer
Navy-entrances
P Street SW (Bus Route west of Half
St)

P Street SW - 2 Way Cycle Path with Buffer
(vs lanes)
P St at South Capital, River Trail
on 2nd St Potomac Ave & Douglas
Bridge Access
Anacostia
River
Trail
To Capital
Bike
Share /
Stadium
Existing
Potomac
Ave Bike Lanes
P Street Cycle Track
P St at South C...
SW and Stadium Area Improvements
4th Street bike lanes north of P Street to Mall/
Pennsylvania Ave.
P Street bicycle track...
ThinkBike Washington, DC/Recommendations
The	
  Dutch	
  taught	
  us:	
  Think	
  BIG	
  for	
  Cycling
• Biking	
  helps	
  the	
  environment,	
  reduces	
  str...
M and L Streets (NW) recommendations
64
•M	
  and	
  L	
  Streets	
  can	
  become	
  a	
  key	
  cross-­‐town	
  bike	
  ...
I Street recommendations
1.Bicycle boulevard principles
2.Possibly limit through-volumes by restricting traffic
every 2-3 b...
M Street recommendations
1.One-way cycle track on both sides of the street
2.Cycle tracks buffered by a landscape strip wi...
Southwest and Stadium Area
Improvements
•4th Street bike lanes north of P Street to Mall/Pennsylvania Ave.
•P Street bicyc...
Outreach Ideas
1.Target people who do not bike yet
2.“Try a bike” class (WABA, bike
shops, DDOT)
3.Work with churches, hea...
Outreach Ideas
1.Provide free trial on Capital Bikeshare
or discount annual membership
2.Hold classes and do outreach at
U...
Education Ideas
More/Better Driver training
(In the Netherlands, 18 years old, 40
classes, 5 questions on bicycling on
exa...
Enforcement
1.Lights (for bicyclists)
2.Citations to cars (speeding)
3.More police on bikes
4.Waive ticket fee for bicycli...
Other Policies
1.More/better wayfinding signs
2.Make driving/parking more expensive
•In NL, gas is $9/gallon
•In NL, parki...
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC
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Final recommendations Thinkbike Workshop DC

  1. 1. ThinkBike Washington, DC/Final Session
  2. 2. Program Welcome by Pex Langenberg, Transport Counselor, Dutch Embassy Remarks from Congressmen Earl Blumentauer, Tom Petry Remarks from Gabe Klein, DDOT Summary of the teams by Team Orange Team Blue General remarks Q&A Closing words by Pex Langenberg and Jim Sebastian, DDOT
  3. 3. ThinkBike November 16, 2010 Team Orange L&M
  4. 4. U.S. vs. Netherlands American trip patterns are not dramatically longer than the Dutch Most trips are less than 4 miles long 20 minutes by bike! But bike use in the U.S. is much less 0% 18% 35% 53% 70% Netherlands U.S. 56% 70% Trips Less Than 4 miles/7.5 km 0% 8% 15% 23% 30% Netherlands U.S. 1% 26% Bicycle Mode Share WHY? Sources: Cycling in the Netherlands, Fiets Beraad, Mobility Study 2007. U.S. National Household Travel Survey, 2009, and FHWA Office of Policy
  5. 5. Policy Differences between DC and Netherlands – Cost of getting a drivers license – Price of gasoline – Price/availability of parking – Excise taxes on automobile purchases – Lack of buses to school
  6. 6. Goals/recommendations for the workshop Apply Dutch principles of bicycle facility design to Downtown Washington, DC Design high quality bikeway for the downtown – Continuous – Signature “marquee” facility – Bi-directional Bikeway as a transportation connection Focus on bikeway design for L and M Streets NW, between Metropolitan Branch Trail and Georgetown Extend livability principles beyond bikeways linking neighborhoods, retail, and economic development
  7. 7. Project: Creating the Crosstown Bikeway as a Regional Transportation Connection L and M Streets From Met Branch trail to Georgetown
  8. 8. Workshop process Presentations by Dutch experts Surveyed L & M Streets Reviewed maps Brainstormed Created design treatments
  9. 9. Integrated Downtown Network Design focuses on L & M Street Key piece to create an integrated network: – North-Souths – Diagonals (e.g., Mass. Ave., Connecticut Ave.) L & M should be part of an overall bikeway network throughout city L&M can be pilot projects – Create a larger network, – Set robust design precedents
  10. 10. Rock Creek Park Trail to Northwest Met Branch Trail to Silver Spring Mount Vernon Trail Capital Crescent and C&O Trails Custis Trail Key Connections to Regional Trail Network
  11. 11. Diagonal intersection crossing (L Street @ Mass. Ave.)
  12. 12. L Street cross section
  13. 13. L Street Intersection treatment
  14. 14. L Street/15th Street – Cycle Track to Cycle Track
  15. 15. M Street
  16. 16. Treat M Street as sub-sections of like blocks “Woone rf” Living Zone Golden Triangle Thoma s Circle West End AAD T: 16-22 K 10-13 K 8-10K
  17. 17. Cross section – Thomas Circle to Connecticut Ave.
  18. 18. Cross section – Connecticut Ave. to 23rd Street
  19. 19. Dealing with conflicts – parking garages
  20. 20. Issues/Areas of concern Snow clearance/maintenance of way Turning movements Coordinating freight/delivery to manage traffic/bike conflicts Accommodating parking garage entrances Signalization/timing to manage oncoming traffic for contraflows
  21. 21. Qualities of the facility (meta-lessons) Bi-directional – Dutch wisdom: “bikes flow like water” – Even in a one way facility, bicyclists will go in both directions in a separated facility Located on side where outer bikes travel with direction of auto traffic Be consistent with, and improve 15th St. cycletrack Montreal cycle track with different treatment
  22. 22. Materials and treatments Use materials and colors to differentiate bike space
  23. 23. Extend Dutch home zone concepts to Downtown Emphasize 25 mph speed limit Enhance public space/quality of life at key intersections with the Avenues Create a neighborhood zone along M Street between New Hampshire Avenue and Georgetown
  24. 24. Extend the amount and quality of the public space such as at M Street and Connecticut Ave.
  25. 25. Implementation – Begin Small Short term Paint Plastic bollards Lane markings Long term Hard core physical treatments Medians Curb and sidewalk changes
  26. 26. ThinkBike Washington, DC/Team Blue
  27. 27. M Street Existing Conditions
  28. 28. M Street Recommendations •One-way cycle track on both sides of the street •Cycle tracks buffered by a landscape strip with street trees •Bicycle signals at intersections with high right turn volumes •Unique right-turn configuration •Streetcar and stations on a median alignment
  29. 29. M Street Cross Section
  30. 30. Amsterdam – Bike Lane Crossing
  31. 31. M Street Intersection Example
  32. 32. 37
  33. 33. I Street Recommendations •Bicycle boulevard principles •Possibly limit through-volumes by restricting traffic every 2-3 blocks •Traffic calming measures, for example pedestrian refuge islands •Green wave configuration •Option for bicycle tunnel configuration on I Street and South Capitol Street •Colored bicycle lanes
  34. 34. I Street Cross Section A
  35. 35. I Street Existing Conditions
  36. 36. I Street SW Intersection Revision
  37. 37. I Street Cross Section B
  38. 38. I Street SE Missing Connection
  39. 39. I Street Connection
  40. 40. I Street & South Capitol Street
  41. 41. I Street & South Capitol Street
  42. 42. I Street & South Capitol Street
  43. 43. 4th  Street  Bicycle Lanes  –  North  South  Route   to  Mall  /  Pennsylvania  Ave
  44. 44. 2  Way  Cycle  Track Anacos@a  River   Trail Fort  McNair 4th  St.  Bike  Lanes Maintain  On-­‐street  Parking P  St  at  4th  St  SW  –  Bike  Lanes  to  Mall,   Cycle  Path  &  River  Trail  Access Cyclists  Stop   Here
  45. 45. P Street SW
  46. 46.  P Street SW – 2 Way Cycle Track with Buffer
  47. 47. Navy-entrances
  48. 48. P Street SW (Bus Route west of Half St)
  49. 49.  P Street SW - 2 Way Cycle Path with Buffer (vs lanes)
  50. 50. P St at South Capital, River Trail on 2nd St Potomac Ave & Douglas Bridge Access
  51. 51. Anacostia River Trail To Capital Bike Share / Stadium Existing Potomac Ave Bike Lanes P Street Cycle Track P St at South Capital, Potomac Ave & Douglas Bridge Access Signage for SW Waterfront / National Mall and Waterfront Metro Signage Douglas Bridge / Riverwalk Trail / Eastern Market / Navy Yard Metro / S Capitol Trail Bicycles Yield to Pedestrians Signage & Advance SignalizationBicycles / Pedestrian Advance Signal Intervals
  52. 52. SW and Stadium Area Improvements 4th Street bike lanes north of P Street to Mall/ Pennsylvania Ave. P Street bicycle track (River Trail to South Capital) South Capital bicycle track (Potomac Ave to P St) Potomac Ave/Frederick Douglas Bridge/River Trail access, signage connects to existing bike lanes and new bicycle tracks Cycle Track as Anacostia River Trail on 2nd St Lead Bicycle / Pedestrian Signal Interval across Potomac Ave & P Street at South Capitol Major Bicycle/Pedestrian Crossroads
  53. 53. ThinkBike Washington, DC/Recommendations
  54. 54. The  Dutch  taught  us:  Think  BIG  for  Cycling • Biking  helps  the  environment,  reduces  stress,  traffic,  and  gives  you  joy • Bike  infrastructure  and  smart  street  design  encourages  bicycling,  and  reduces   conflict  with  automobiles • Bicycle  infrastructure  doesn’t  have  to  be  expensive  –  a  can  of  paint  goes  a   long  way • Bikes  flow  like  water  –  and  we  should  design  for  it • Think  about  a  whole  bicycle  network,  not  just  two  routes  (M  and  L,  NW)     • Some  routes  must  be  fabulous  and  have  priority  (green  waves) • Other  routes  can  be  bike-­‐safe  but  don’t  require  big  changes • Balancing  legal  liability  between  motorists  and  bicyclists  encourages  safety   and  efficiency 63
  55. 55. M and L Streets (NW) recommendations 64 •M  and  L  Streets  can  become  a  key  cross-­‐town  bike  connec@on   between  exis@ng  trails  and  paths •Two  direc@ons  cycle  path  over  the  whole  route   •In  the  CBD,  on-­‐street  parking  can  be  rearranged  to  protect   cycling •In  neighborhoods,  fewer  lanes  are  needed  for  automobile  traffic •Right  turn  bike  boxes  at  the  intersec@ons •Innova@ve  feature  2-­‐stage  le[  turn  box •Colored  pavement  for  cycle  path  at  the  intersec@ons •Special    signal  phasing  for  cyclist
  56. 56. I Street recommendations 1.Bicycle boulevard principles 2.Possibly limit through-volumes by restricting traffic every 2-3 blocks 3.Traffic calming measures, for example pedestrian refuge islands 4.Green wave configuration 5.Option for bicycle tunnel configuration on I Street and South Capitol Street 6.Colored bicycle lanes
  57. 57. M Street recommendations 1.One-way cycle track on both sides of the street 2.Cycle tracks buffered by a landscape strip with street trees 3.Bicycle signals at intersections with high right turn volumes 4. Unique right-turn configuration 5.Streetcar and stations on a median alignment
  58. 58. Southwest and Stadium Area Improvements •4th Street bike lanes north of P Street to Mall/Pennsylvania Ave. •P Street bicycle track (River Trail to South Capital) •South Capital bicycle track (Potomac Ave to P St) •Potomac Ave/Frederick Douglas Bridge/River Trail access, signage connects to existing bike lanes and new bicycle tracks •Cycle Track as Anacostia River Trail on 2nd St •Lead Bicycle / Pedestrian Signal Interval across Potomac Ave & P Street at South Capitol •Major Bicycle/Pedestrian Crossroads
  59. 59. Outreach Ideas 1.Target people who do not bike yet 2.“Try a bike” class (WABA, bike shops, DDOT) 3.Work with churches, health centers, youth centers, doctors, nurses
  60. 60. Outreach Ideas 1.Provide free trial on Capital Bikeshare or discount annual membership 2.Hold classes and do outreach at Universities, community colleges 3.Target areas around new bikeways 4.Bike education at schools 5.Banners
  61. 61. Education Ideas More/Better Driver training (In the Netherlands, 18 years old, 40 classes, 5 questions on bicycling on exam) Colored bike lanes Radio ads, internet videos Reduce speeding (enforcement, traffic calming)
  62. 62. Enforcement 1.Lights (for bicyclists) 2.Citations to cars (speeding) 3.More police on bikes 4.Waive ticket fee for bicyclists who if they agree to take a class 5.Points on your drivers license for bicycle violations
  63. 63. Other Policies 1.More/better wayfinding signs 2.Make driving/parking more expensive •In NL, gas is $9/gallon •In NL, parking is $20/day 3.More surveys/counting of bicyclists
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