Look at this beautiful photo. Two cycletracks meet at a street corner, bike boxes and green paint flow in every direction, and a bikeshare station sits in the background. It’s almost Dutch. Almost.
This is the corner of 15th and L Streets, in downtown DC. It’s the only intersection in the Washington region (so far) where protected bike lanes extend out in all four directions. It’s also home to the only two-stage bike box in the region. And as of Tuesday, it’s got a sparkling new bikeshare station.
Whether or not it’s really DC’s most bike-friendly corner is debatable. Certainly the heavy car traffic at 15th and L can make biking there uncomfortable, even with cycletracks. And while most bike movements through this intersection are easy, there’s still no good way to turn right off the L Street cycletrack onto southbound 15th Street.
But no other corner in the city packs so much bike infrastructure into one spot. According to that metric at least, this corner is tops.
And it’s right outside the Washington Post’s headquarters.
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.