There was a DDOT crew installing the lane (painting green sections, bolting in bollards, changing signs) while I rode the lane, so they'll be featured in some of the pictures. I was there around 1:30 and I don't know how much more they got done after I left, but it seemed like they had made quite good progress and the whole thing might be ready a lot faster than the 3 weeks initially advertised to complete it. I will be very interested to here the total cost of the project. Tomorrow (Monday) morning will be an interesting test because all of the no-parking signs should and the majority of the lane construction should be completed. I'll ride and report, as this has become my "beat."
|Signage at Penn/L. Lasciate ogni speranza, drivers.|
|How drivers know to mix. And yield.|
|Drivers parked in the cycle track. In their defense, it not have been a cycle track when they parked.|
|More parking spots that aren't parking spots any more.|
|Neither bollards, nor paint will keep these steadfast courriers from parking in the bike lane.|
|Sanctioned bike lane parking. "15 minutes," LOL.|
|Was here more than 15 minutes.|
|Parking directly in front of the No Parking sign.|
|Maybe slightly more forgivable because they were changing the signs while people parked.|
This situation would have made for an amazing example of the kind of predatory ticketing that DC doesn't actually do but people think that it does. Let people park + change the signs + issue tickets = $$$$ + war on cars. I actually asked a parking enforcement officer I saw if he was going to ticket the cars parked in the lane. He gave me some excuse about not knowing if the cycle track was entered into his computer system yet. I don't know whether this answer was total bullshit or only mostly bullshit.
|Parked in the left turn lane. Also, the end of the cycle track. (please imagine Boyz II Men playing in the background)|
|DDOT crew. THANK YOU!|
So that's the story of my summer vacation. I mean, the time I checked out the L Street Cycle Track on a Saturday. But, that's just my perspective. I'd really like to hear from you all about your experiences riding it from Monday forward. So, I'm going to open up #TFTS to anyone who wants to write anything about L Street. If you'd like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it's just a couple of sentences, I'm really curious to hear what you think and/or receive stew recipes if you'd like to send any of those along as well. I'll compile both L Street Cycle Track feedback (and/or stew recipes) in a post later this week. Thanks in advance!