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Let’s Create a World Class Bicycling City
Bicycling ridership has grown by a 175% increase in the last six years supported by a network of over 100 miles of bike lanes, trails and cycle tracks. DC has also invested in the largest public bikeshare program in the US, Capital Bikeshare, attracting over 3 million trips in the first three years of operation. But the work is not finished.
Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC plan has set an ambitious goal of growing the percentage of people walking and biking to work to 25% in the next 20 years. Currently, only about 3.5% of DC residents bike to work. Now is the time for the District to plan and build a world class bicycle network.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is developing a long range transportation master plan to guide investments through a public and technical process called MoveDC. On February 9th, the MoveDC Idea Exchange kicked off the initiative with Mayor Gray, Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh and DDOT Terry Bellamy. When the crowd was asked how they got to MLK Jr Library, over half of the audience raised their hand for biking. This was a strong showing of bicyclists that must be continued through the MoveDC process.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association believes public space on District streets should be programmed to achieve the greatest mobility for residents. Biking is the most efficient use of public space and public resources to achieve mobility. DDOT must redouble its efforts to encourage bicycling by setting the following priorities:
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- A complete network of physically separated bicycle facilities.
- Bicycling mode share in D.C. should be 15% to 20% by 2032.
- Major corridors and arterials throughout the city should be enhanced for safe and comfortable bicycle travel,
- Bike parking options and Capital Bikeshare should be expanded.