A bike lane in Washington, D.C. has sparked controversy among drivers and cyclists alike. Drivers are complaining that the L Street bicycle lane takes away street parking and loading zones along the busy roadway. Meanwhile, cyclists are complaining that the lane is unsafe and needs improvements. The separated bike lane runs along the north side of L Street Northwest from New Hampshire Avenue to 12th Street.
It has been nearly a year since the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) opened the L Street cycle track. When DDOT officials met last December to celebrate the bike lane’s opening, many DC citizens had already noted potential problems.
The DDOT stated that it is taking note of the complaints and suggestions to improve the safety of the bike lane. A spokesperson for the DDOT said that the agency is considering additional barriers along the cycle track or making the bike lane narrower.
“Everyone needs to pay attention when they’re riding…You should be watching for cars and cars should be respectful of people on bikes too,” stated a local cyclist.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40 percent of traffic accidents resulting in cyclist fatalities in 2009 involved alcohol use by either the driver or the cyclist.
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