Businesses concerned about new cycle lanes planned for 9th Street NW – NBC4 Washington
Washington, DC, plans to add 30 miles of new bike lanes over the next three years, including 2 miles along 9th Street NW in Shaw, but companies fear the bike lanes will kill their business as they attempt to bounce back from the pandemic.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration plans to build the 2 mile bike path between Massachusetts Avenue and Florida Avenue.
“We have been involved in the development of this part of the city,” said Thomas Abebe, owner of Right Spot Restaurant & Bar.
Her family’s investments in the neighborhood began 30 years ago, though the past year has been one of the most difficult.
“Due to COVID, we are already losing a lot and we are struggling to recover,” he said.
Parking is already a bonus. When planning for cycle paths started two years ago, there were no restrictions.
As part of the new northbound proposal 9e The street would lose one lane of traffic.
DC Department of Transportation says traffic volume analysis shows minimal impact on congestion and increased safety for people on two wheels, but traders fear loss of parking will have more than minimal impact on business.
“We have to balance things out,” said Alan Ebert of 9e Association of street businesses. “We firmly believe in bicycle safety, in the safety of cyclists.”
But he says they were blinded by DDOT’s announcement on Friday.
“Let’s look at other plans,” he said.
“A great solution would actually be to make this block one way south,” said Alex Padro of Shaw Main Streets. “This would allow you to have plenty of room for cycle paths. You can even set up a corner parking lot here. “
There will be discussion and awareness among stakeholders, such as the Washington Area Cyclists Association, which supports the lanes, and companies for and against the plan.
Construction of the cycle path will not begin until 2022.