Plan Calls for Bike Ban Along H Street NE Streetcar Way

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    Proposed regulations could send D.C. bikers off H Street NE once the city's new streetcar line is up and running. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014)

    Proposed regulations could ban D.C. cyclists from H Street NE's new streetcar way once the city's new streetcar line is up and running.

    Bicyclists would be banned from riding "within a streetcar guideway, except to cross the street," according to the District's Department of Transportation proposed regulations.

    Nearby streets parallel to H including I Street NE have been marked with designated bike lanes.

    "Putting stripes on the road doesn't make a good bike lane," one bike rider said. "Those roads are in horrible condition; you can't even ride in a bike lane in a lot of places."

    The Washington Area Bicyclist Association's website notes the guideway takes up the entirety of the H Street corridor, and has urges members to tell DDOT not to ban bikes.

    DDOT is taking comments on the matter until Sept. 27. The streetcars are set to begin running sometime later this year.

    "There's not going to be a lot of space for cars or bikes plus the buses plus the train... I'm wondering how it's all going to work out," one resident said.

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