Graduate students Kyle Lukacs, Lauren Hall, Nick Ruiz, Douglas Cobb, Jon Wergin, and Kerri Oddenino in Ralph Buehler’s transportation studio class presented findings of their recent study of cycling in the Foggy Bottom/Farragut area at the ‘Think Bike’ Workshop April 21 and 22, hosted by the Dutch Embassy, the District Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Transportation.
The event was held at the National Academies on the national mall in DC. In the audience were representatives from USDOT (FHWA, NHTSA, FTA), the DC Department of Transport, the Dutch Embassy, TRB, as well as planners from the DC area and 4 other US metro areas.
For the study, the students conducted a field inventory, a crash analysis, and surveys of people traveling in the area to assess cycle-friendliness of the study area, find out who travels within the study area, and determine whether and what infrastructure improvements would encourage more cycling in the study area.
Most respondents agreed that cycling does not feel safe in the study area and that separate facilities, such as protected bike lanes and separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) are needed in particular for individuals who currently classified themselves as interested in cycling, but concerned about doing it.