August 8, 2019

A win for cycling and calmer traffic on Reno Rd.

It’s with much delight that Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates (W3BA) welcomes new bike lanes on Reno Rd. between Tilden and Van Ness Sts., nearing completion today. These bike lanes make cycling safer for people who bike as well as turn this former 4-lane speedway segment of Reno Rd. into a traffic-calmed 3-lane road which includes a center turn lane and bike lanes in both directions for a majority of the stretch.

Northbound Reno Rd. at Upton St. with new bike lanes in both directions

This new lane configuration certainly didn’t happen overnight. Thanks to the growing presence of W3BA, it took working with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), ANC3F, and neighbors (some of which were vocal against change for the greater good) to modify a 3-year old design to make it a reality. Josh Rising and I provided an opinion piece to the Forest Hills Connection that includes a history of the group’s advocacy on this project.

We welcome you to join our listserv and help us organize and advocate for improved infrastructure for people who bike, which is also good for reducing transport’s effect on climate change, and improving one’s health. To join, send a blank email to w3ba-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

In other great news for Ward 3, the word from DDOT is that new bike lanes are coming to Woodley Rd., connecting a critical 2-block stretch between Woodley Park and places south and east, next week. Stay tuned!

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