M Street Cycle Track Construction Begins Monday, Should Take 4-6 Weeks to Complete

M Street, NW between 15th and 16th

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it will begin installing a protected bike lane (also known as a cycle track) on M Street NW starting on or about Monday, November 25, weather permitting.

The cycle track, with a buffer of parked cars and flexible posts, will span over a mile on the north side of M Street NW between 14th and 28th Streets and will serve as the westbound compliment to the eastbound cycle track on L Street NW. On the 1500 block of M Street NW, the lane will be installed as a “traditional” bike lane. Green paint will also be used for much of the block to increase the visibility of the lane.

Ed. Note: Last night a van parked in the L Street cycle track, check out the interesting debate that followed here.

Construction Details after the jump.

Construction activities will take place Monday through Friday between the morning and evening rush-hour period and may also take place during the weekend. Starting next week the work will commence at M Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW and by the following week it will begin simultaneously at 14th Street NW and New Hampshire Avenue and proceed west on M Street NW.

Depending on weather conditions, the installation will take approximately four to six weeks to complete. If it rains or snows installation activities will likely shutdown for the day and may delay the schedule.

DDOT will also be coordinating closely with several major construction projects that are currently underway on M Street NW at 17th Street NW and at New Hampshire Avenue NW. These construction projects may possibly extend the installation schedule for the bike lane.

Existing markings will be removed and replaced with new markings for the bike lane. DDOT is installing the lane as a “retrofit” which will not require for the entire roadway to be resurfaced.

DDOT has specifically chosen to implement the M Street cycle track as a “retrofit” to allow for time to evaluate the design and operations before resurfacing the street and setting it more permanently.

Curbside parking spaces will be temporally restricted to accommodate installation activities.

Cyclists are reminded to be please avoid using the lane while it is under construction. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to please use extra caution when traveling near the active work zone.”

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  • When DDOT is already making excuses for delays, it doesn’t bode well for their timeline. The 15th street cycletrack took almost 2 months longer than planned. I’m guessing this teams well into the Spring.

  • gotryit

    Wow, that’s some serious ignorance from the old people on the video. Please either remove your head from your butt or start jumping up and down so hard that you just *poof* disappear up there.

    • Yup. The ridiculous thing is that they could have simply parked the van across the street and walked over. They would have been fine.

    • What really annoys me though is that the cyclist never once corrected them. Not sure if he was too frazzled to think clearly but letting them know which lane is which would quickly have ended the argument.

      • If it were me I would have probably been too baffled to correct them. I mean what do they think the bollards in the buffer are for? Helping cyclists learned to dodge traffic???

    • Wow. The cyclist handled the situation much more tactfully than I would have.

    • the woman made a comment that the bicyclist rode half a block on the sidewalk. It’s hard to tell if that is the case from the video, but if it is, I really hope she submits his photograph for some public shaming too.

      • The video shows what happened. The cyclist avoids the van parked in the bike lane, rides to the next curb cut, gets on the sidewalk, and circles back around where the van is parked. He appears to riding on the sidewalk, but incredibly slow, with no pedestrians around, and for a distance of a couple dozen feet.

        I don’t see why he needs to be shamed for doing that.

      • im the guy who shot that video. on principle, i avoid riding on sidewalks. i do not ride on sidewalks where prohibited by law. i dismounted my bike and walked it (straddling it) to get a better look at the plate. you can hear my cleats clicking out and scraping the ground.

        • Thanks for clarifying. Thanks for not riding on the sidewalk. And thanks for reporting the van (I use the L st cycle track often).

          Out of curiosity, ever report those going the wrong way on the cycletrack? I always feel compelled to because it’s just as dangerous as a car parked on the corner, but not sure what the best method is.

          • I’ve encountered them as well, and it is extremely frustrating. I think my utube channel has a video of me calling some guy out for going the wrong way on the l street lane and him calling me a d*ck. this was actually the first time I’d ever reported something regarding the L st bike lane. Just coincidence that someone confronted me about it

  • Is there anything that can be done about the BS decision to let the church bully the people who actually live here and take away the separation on that block?

  • M street is under heavy construction through much of this stretch. why would they start a bike lane now? that makes zero sense. also, is this going to remove a lane of traffic, or just a lane of parking?

  • Washington Gas already dug up the freshly re-paved 15th Street bike lane at 15th and Swann this week. LOL. And their repair is awful.

  • Bring on the bike track. The church folks can park easily in the parking garage DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR.

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