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Ward 8 To Get First Bike Lanes This Summer

Ward 8 has none of D.C.'s 70 miles of bike lanes, but that will change this summer.
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Ward 8 has none of D.C.'s 70 miles of bike lanes, but that will change this summer.

The District has more than 70 miles of bike lanes, but none in Ward 8. That will change this summer.

Three short bike lanes are scheduled to be built this summer in Ward 8. Jim Sebastian at the District Department of Transportation says one will be on Martin Luther King Avenue SE, another on Malcolm X Avenue SE, and the third will be painted on Galveston Street SW.

"We certainly have not been avoiding Ward 8," he said. "We have a 2005 bike plan we have been working through. It includes a few projects in Ward 8. Some of the outer wards are challenging. It's very hilly. There are a lot of narrow streets so it is harder to find opportunities for bike lanes. But we were able to find a few."

Sebastian says there is plenty of demand for the bike lanes east of the Anacostia River. There are now 20 Capital Bikeshare stations east of the river.

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