DDOT’s Bicycle Lane program has built 94 miles of bike lanes in the District since 2001. In 2009, installation began on protected bike lanes (PBLs), also known as Cycle Tracks or separated bike lanes. Protected bike lanes have physical separation between the motor vehicle travel and the bike lane. This can be a row of parked cars, a concrete curb, and/or flex posts and wheel stops. As of the end of 2020, there are 16.6 miles of PBL facilities in the District. There is growing demand to install more protected bike lanes because many people want a lower stress and more comfortable cycling experience where conflicts with vehicle are removed, or substantially reduced. Research shows that protected bike lanes not only significantly improve the safety of bicyclists, but also increased safety for pedestrians and drivers.
In 2020, DDOT embarked on a plan to build 20 miles of new protected bike lanes over 3 years. This ambitious plan will substantially expand the network of protected bike lanes and will allow more people to access a safer and lower-stress bicycling experience.
The PBL map and list below shows the segments DDOT is planning and designing for construction in 2021 and 2022. More roadways are being studied and analyzed for the inclusion of bike facilities and not all ongoing bicycle projects are included in this list and map. If you have any questions about the list or map, please contact Mike Goodno or Will Handsfield.