Support Needed for Bike Facilities on Oregon Ave., NW
From the project website:
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proposing rehabilitation of the 1.7-mile segment of Oregon Avenue, NW, between Military Road and Western Avenue…. The purpose of the proposed action is to rehabilitate Oregon Avenue to satisfy operational and safety needs and done so in a manner keeping with the setting of the project area. Context sensitive solutions will take into account the adjoining land uses – residential developments to the west and Rock Creek Park to the east. Improvements to the corridor will consider all modes of transportation including buses, bicycles and pedestrians.Currently, this portion of Oregon Avenue is significantly degraded and contains no provision for bicyclists. Unfortunately, some neighbors oppose the inclusion of bicycle facilities on Oregon Ave. Therefore, it is important that neighbors and District residents who support or would benefit from bicycle facilities along Oregon Ave. provide input on the project. View Oregon Ave EA in a larger map The four transportation alternatives are as follows:
- Alternative 1: No Build. This alternative would include spot repairs but no improvements for bicyclists or pedestrians. The EA states that it “does not meet the purpose and need of the project.”
- Alternative 2: Minimum Width Build. The second alternative would create no bicycle accommodations of any kind, but would include a 5 ft. sidewalk on the west side of Oregon Ave.
- Alternative 3: Shared Use Path. The third alternative incorporates a 10 ft. shared use path on the west side to serve two-way cyclist and pedestrian traffic.
- Alternative 4: Bike Lanes. The final alternative would provide a 4 ft. bike lane in each direction and a 5 ft. sidewalk on the west side, with the bike lane and sidewalk separated by a 10 ft. vegetated swale.