Councilwoman suggests bike lane innovation
City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke floated an interesting notion Sunday as she took part in a neighborhood event in Roland Park.
Noting that the city is planning to repave Roland Avenue, she suggested that transportation officials install a two-way bicycle lane immediately adjacent to the curb, with a parking lane just to the left.
The idea, she said, is that the lane of parked cars would serve as a buffer between bike riders and the cars in the travel lanes. Clarke said the idea has already been tested in New York and Montreal. The bicyclists who were gathered nearby seemed to think that was a good idea.
So what do you say, two-wheelers and parallel parkers? Is the councilwoman on to something or has she just slipped a gear?
Coincidentally, the Greater Greater Washington blog is reporting that District officials are considering a similar idea for 15th St. N.W. GGW has a lot of good graphics that help explain the concept.