District of Columbia Bicycle AdvisoryCouncil
: Colleen Hawkinson, District Department of Transportation
Suite 500, 55 M Street SEWashington DC 20003
M Street SE-SW Transportation Study - Public Meeting 3
October 1, 2012
The D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC), a legislatively appointed body that advised the Mayor andCouncil of the District of Columbia concerning bicycling issues, would like to offer recommendationsand comments regarding the M Street SE - SW Transportation Study public meeting held Thursday,September 13, 2012 at the Amindon-Bowen Elementary School, 401 I (Eye) Street SW Washington,DC 20024.
Upon review and discussion of the proposed alternatives, BAC has determined that each of the three MStreet planning alternatives is flawed with regard to implementing a fully-realized street thataccommodates the needs of all users. While BAC understands that there is limited street space along MStreet, we feel that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has not fully evaluated other streetconfiguration alternatives that would enable it to incorporate both bicycles and streetcars.
BAC acknowledges that the alternatives proposed by DDOT are preliminary and therefore lack thedetail of an Environmental Impact Study. This document describes some bicycle facilities that DDOTshould consider. In addition, as mentioned by some meeting participants, the preliminary alternativesappear to focus on moving automobiles, tour buses and larger vehicles through the area and notfocusing on residents or visitors or walk or bike to or within the area.BAC recommendations are as follows:1. BAC recommends a
modified version of
Alternative 3, M Street “Mobility Arterial”
.Specifically, BAC recognizes the space considerations on M Street SE - SW that limit the safemovement of bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles along this street and through the corridor.Given the planned development along M Street, BAC supports a fully-
developed “bicycleboulevard” on Eye Street, which roughly runs parallel to M Street, and enhanced traffic
calming along adjacent streets.2. BAC also recommends a
modified version of Alternative 2, “Balanced Linkages”
. Thisalternative would reconfigure the street so that modes would be clustered together