Next Week: DDOT to Install Protected Bike Lanes on K Street
Thursday March 11, 2021
Starting next week, K Street will look a lot different due to District Department of Transportation (DDOT) installation of protected bicycle lanes from 1st Street NE to 7th Street NW. Originally slated for installation last fall, the project was put on hold to support the food delivery needs of our restaurant businesses during the colder winter months, and to provide DDOT with more time for plan adjustments and engagement in response to community feedback. With warmer temperatures arriving earlier than anticipated, work crews have been out along K Street this week to install street signs, traffic signals and lane markings in preparation for next week’s construction activity.
The location for this protected bicycle lane was identified as one of two priority corridors in the 2018 NoMa/Mount Vernon Triangle Bicycle Study. The purpose of the study was to assist in the formulation of scenario alternatives to expand access to safe bicycle transportation infrastructure across the District. Following multiple advisory committee meetings and a public workshop, the public was invited to review the study in July 2018 to learn more about the bicycle lane infrastructure’s potential benefits and impacts; and to provide comments that would inform the study’s conclusions and next steps. A Notice of Intent to install the protected bike lanes was released in May 2020 and open for public comment through July 9, 2020. Outreach also included multiple presentations before Advisory Neighborhood Committee 6E as well as a community listening session hosted by MVT CID in partnership with DDOT in August 2020.
Visit the DDOT Wiki page for additional project information including design plans, a project schedule and previous public outreach.