Friday, March 16, 2012

BAC Comments on 14th Street Bridge (DEIS)

Below are BAC comments regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 14th Street Bridge Corridor. According to the project website, the purpose of the study is to address the current and future needs of metropolitan Washington D.C. With increasing commuters, travelers, public transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists; the safety and mobility of this link has become a priority.

The study provides 3 alternatives that include bicycle-related enhancements:
  • AA-1: Improve bicycle and pedestrian access to the Mason Bridge by making improvements at each end of the bridge
  • AA-2: Construct separated bicycle / pedestrian crossing of the Potomac River and add a grade-separated bicycle crossing of George Washington Memorial Parkway as proposed by Arlington County, VA
  • AA-3: Create integrated (DC-VA-NPS) bicycle system, including signing for commuters and other destination bikers
BAC recommends that combining Alternative AA1, construction of a separated bicycle / pedestrian crossing on the George Mason Bridge, and Alternative AA3. This combination of two alternative proposals will result in the creation of an integrated (DC-VA-NPS) and connected bicycle and pedestrian system within the project corridor thatincludes wayfinding signage for commuters, other destination bicyclists, and pedestrians.

As always, BAC welcomes your comments and suggestions.

14th Street DEIS BAC Comments