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WABA Alert: Important K Street Meeting Tonight!
Sorry for the late notice, but we just found out that a critical meeting on the proposed redesign of K Street is taking place tonight. We need cyclists to come out in force to support a new design for the proposed transitway that best accomodates cyclists. Of the three "build options" for the K Street Transitway, which would feature dedicated busways from 9th Street NW to Washington Circle, only Alternative 3 included any facilities for cyclists. The bike lanes proposed in this option would run against the curb for the length of the project. However, given the large number of deliveries made on K Street, WABA feels that a standard bike lane would turn into a parking lane for delivery vehicles. Instead, WABA is recommending a buffered bike lane or cycle track for the K Street Transitway. This option would protect the bike lane with a curb to prevent vehicles from parking in the lane and would be a more attractive facility for less experienced cyclists.
WABA is also asking for:
1) Painted bike lanes at intersection crossings and on segments of K Street where a formal cycle track is not a option.
2) Ample bike parking to replace the loss of parking meters.
3) A separate signal system for bikes in the cycle track.
For details about WABA's recommendations please visit: http://www.waba.org/documents/K_Street_Transitway_Comments.pdf.
What You Can Do
We strongly urge cyclists to come out to the public meeting tonight to express their support for a modified Alternative 3, which would include cycle tracks with a separate signal system for cyclists, painted bike lanes at intersections and ample bike parking throughout the corridor. The public meeting for the project will be held:
Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8:30pm
801 K Street NW
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, WABA urges you to send your comments on the project to KStreet.email@example.com.