DDOT Bike Lane Pop-up on Kenyon Offers Good Insight


The pop-up bike land on Kenyon, 9/21/18.

As part of Parking Day on Friday, September 21st this year, DDOT constructed a temporary pop-up bike lane on the 400 block of Kenyon Street, NW. This was an extremely valuable experience as DDOT is looking at ways to incorporate a permanent protected bi-directional bike lane on Irving Street between Michigan Avenue, NE, and Warder Street, NW. The temporary bike lane on Kenyon offered a good opportunity for DDOT to get feedback from residents as well as watch how traffic adjusted to accommodate the lanes.

Overall, I believe the bike lane pop-up was a success due to the information learned to help inform the next steps. As expected, comments related to DDOT’s plans are mixed, with some strongly in favor and others opposed. In addition to making Kenyon one lane during rush hour, some are concerned that a protected bike lane will reduce on-street parking. All of this would still need to be worked out.

Although, based on the boards that were shared with the community, it does appear that there is room for protected bike lanes, bump outs for new trees on Warder Street, and new parking along Park Place IF the suggestions proposed by DDOT meet with approval. Its difficult because every opportunity is accompanied by a trade off.

(Discussing the crosstown protected bike lane project with DDOT during the pop up event.)

Bump Outs

I was really exited to see that DDOT has been paying attention to much of what I’ve been suggesting over the years, especially with regards to incorporating bump outs on Warder Street to create new locations for street trees. See plan below.

(Proposal to incorporate bulb outs on Warder Street, creating areas for new trees.)

In DDOT’s proposal, they suggest 11 areas where bump outs could be created. But, this would remove 20 on-street parking spaces. As it is, the bike lanes may also reduce on-street parking spaces. This is a difficult trade off considering that demands on parking are increasing rather than decreasing. I’ve already met with the members of the project team at DDOT’s offices to review the plans and will be going over them block-by-block to see if there are missed opportunities or better locations for bump outs, and hope to get an initial survey completed before the end of October.

Potential Increase in Parking

In order to counter balance the impact on parking along Warder and Kenyon, DDOT is looking at the possibility of placing parking on both sides of Park Place, NW.

(DDOT’s updated plan showing parking on both sides of Park Place, NW)

The benefits of placing parking on both sides of Park Place would be that cars in addition to bollards would help protect the bike lane along the Soldiers’ Home. Additionally, it would reduce Park Place to a single travel lane, greatly reducing the speed of traffic along the street which has long been a problem. It would also increase neighborhood parking by more than the spaces lost elsewhere due to other aspects of the project. The biggest negative would be that it would limit the vista of the Soldiers’ Home along Park Place.

While there is much to consider, DDOT is still working to get to a 30% plan by the end of the year, and presuming the development of a winning plan, implementation by the end of 2019 at the earliest.

To help the community get more information and provide more feedback, I’ve invited DDOT to be the guest at the November meeting of the Park View UNC. That will give them time to incorporate the feedback they receive during their pop-up trial last Friday.

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6 Comments on “DDOT Bike Lane Pop-up on Kenyon Offers Good Insight”

  1. rider Says:

    A bike lane on Keyon is great, but it seems like they put the bike lane on the wrong side of the street; or at least forgot to paint a separation line between the bike lanes and the traffic lanes. As they have it, the contraflow bike traffic goes directly into oncoming traffic. Good idea, poor execution.

  2. JS Says:

    Kent, you should do a survey and see how many of the houses in the study area have underutilized off-street parking. The city shouldn’t compromise on bike/green infrastructure just so some folks can park in front of, rather than behind, their homes.

  3. Michael Says:

    Kent, you mentioned Kenyon being one lane during rush, but during my visit another option mentioned was removing the parking on the south side of the street during rush and therefore having two lanes. I also asked about street cleaning days. Still many questions and I hope neighbors are participating.

  4. Diane Says:

    Agree that a study of underutilized off-street parking could be informative. I love the idea of increasing the number of trees along Warder Street.

  5. pru Says:

    Thanks for the update. Where can one find the updated proposed maps you’ve included in this post? I can only find June 2018 materials on the DDOT Crosstown website.
    I’d like to see what the latest proposal looks like for the rest of Park Pl. Are they suggesting padding the whole Eastern side of Park Place up and down with parking spots, or just a limited area?

    I’m stumped as to how I feel about it. I have been wanting a bi-directional bike lane, and to see Park Pl reduced to one lane of car traffic. It seems backwards and against the times to *add* parking, especially so close to a metro station, and obstructing what has given the neighborhood its name, Park View, but it might be a (awful) compromise I’m ready to make for my bike lanes and a safer slower 1-lane Park Pl.

  6. Joanne Says:

    TREES on Warder St!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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