When President Obama rides or strides down Pennsylvania Avenue following his second Inauguration, onlookers might notice something different from 4 years ago; not about the President but about the parade route. America’s Main Street now boasts buffered bicycle lanes down the center, one of many bicycle infrastructure improvements made since the last inauguration.
“In early 2009 we didn’t have any cycle tracks and our bikesharing program was in its infancy,” said Terry Bellamy, Director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). “Since then we’ve added miles of separated bike lanes across the city and launched America’s largest and most successful bikesharing system. We are very proud that the nation will get to see why DC is now regarded as one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the nation.”
Over the past four years the District has:
- Installed more than 14 street miles of bicycle lanes in the District of Columbia, 10.5 miles of shared lanes, 20 new miles of signed bike routes and 3.7 miles of cycle tracks including Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol; 15th Street, NW; and L Street, NW.
- Launched Capital Bikeshare (September 2010) in partnership with Arlington County, Virginia, replacing the smaller SmartBike DC program. The system now has 22,000 members, with 191 stations and 1,600 bikes on the street in DC, Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.
- Opened Bikestation DC (October 2009), a unique facility offering bicycle parking, rentals, repairs and accessories at the west end of Union Station.
- Completed significant segments of the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
- Installed more than 1,000 new bike racks across the city.
- Been designated as a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
Given the expansion of the District’s bicycle infrastructure and a corresponding increase in cycling in the city, it’s fitting that many residents and visitors are expected to bicycle to Inaugural events on Monday. As a result, DDOT and goDCgo will set up a bike parking area at 16th and I Streets, NW with racks to hold approximately 700 bikes. Bike owners will be responsible for parking and locking their own bikes, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, two bike corrals will be set up for Capital Bikeshare bikes from 7:00am – 5:00pm at Farragut Square (17th and K Streets, NW) and the USDA building (12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW). Members will be guaranteed a place to drop off their Capital Bikeshare bike and can retrieve a bike for the return trip as long as supplies last.
Please note: security and related road closures for the Inauguration will impact the availability of some of the bicycle infrastructure in the District. No vehicles or bicycles will be permitted inside the inner security perimeter and Capital Bikeshare is removing the 6 stations along the parade route.
For more information about bicycling to the Inauguration please visit goDCgo.com/inauguration.