DDOT’s Bicycle Lane program has built over 100 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 a physical separation between 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 2021, there are 24 miles of PBL facilities in the District. There is growing demand to install more protected bike lanes because many people want lower stress and more comfortable cycling experience where conflicts with vehicles are removed or substantially reduced. Research shows that protected bike lanes significantly improve the safety of bicyclists and increase safety for pedestrians and drivers.
In 2020, DDOT embarked on a plan to build 20 miles of new protected bike lanes over three years. This ambitious plan will substantially expand the network of protected bike lanes and allow more people to access a safer and lower-stress bicycling experience.
The PBL map below shows the segments DDOT is planning and designing for construction in fiscal years 2022 through 2024. More roadways are being studied and analyzed to include 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.