Officials from the District Department of Transportation will attend a meeting of the ANC 1B Transportation Committee to explore possible changes to 11th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Vermont Avenue. DDOT will help committee members and residents examine changes to parking or travel lanes to better accommodate bicyclists. Currently, the 11th Street NW bike lanes extend two miles from Monroe Street NW in Columbia Heights south to Massachusetts Avenue. There is a seven-block break in the bike lanes between Florida and Vermont avenues.
The 11th Street NW bike lanes have seen a large increase in bike traffic in recent years. However, that growth of riders has not been without unnecessary tragedy. In May 2013, a bicyclist was killed at the intersection of 11th and U streets NW. In 2012, at the same intersection, a Capital Bikeshare rider was significantly injured after being hit by a large truck.
Residents and bicyclists are invited to attend the meeting on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th St. NW. Please consider attending and asking DDOT to provide better accommodations for cyclists.
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