Bike-talk in Washington’s Capitol Beltway has been getting worse in recent years.
The area’s most popular street is the one in front of the U.S. Capitol, and bike lanes have been cut.
But the city is still the most bicycle-friendly in the nation, with bike commuters getting a pass from some local officials.
And while some politicians say Washington’s streets are too crowded, many bike riders agree the city’s streets should be built to be bike-friendly.
“It’s really sad to see the number of people who live in the Capitol area getting worse,” said J.B. Leavitt, a bike rider who lives in Capitol Hill.
“The streets are getting packed.”
The Washington area’s bike share system has struggled.
There were only around 1,400 bikes on the street this year, compared with the more than 2 million the city installed last year.
The system has also faced some criticism from riders who say it doesn’t offer enough options, including a parking lot that isn’t very accessible.
And there’s a new law that was proposed that would restrict the number and size of bike racks, even though the state’s Bicycle Master Plan says it should help.
Some advocates say Washington could be a model for other cities.
“Washington has a lot of great infrastructure in the city,” said Paul Schaffer, a political science professor at George Washington University.
But some bike advocates say they’re worried the new law would limit access to the Capitol’s bike racks and make it harder for riders to find one. “
And if we don’t, the whole country will be stuck with the same problem.”
But some bike advocates say they’re worried the new law would limit access to the Capitol’s bike racks and make it harder for riders to find one.
“This law will only make things worse for bike riders,” said Laura Pizzo, an advocate for Capitol Bike Share.
“Bike racks aren’t a problem when you can park anywhere.”
One Washington bike rider told The Washington Post that she was frustrated that she didn’t have a parking spot, even with a bike share card.
“When you’re on the streets, it’s a lot harder to get your bike back and forth,” she said.
“My parking spot was in a lot across the street, but the bike share was not there.
I can’t use the bike in the lot, and my parking spot wasn’t in the bikeshare lot.”
She added that if the law was passed, “I would have to park anywhere in the area.”
Capitol bike share users say they’ve already seen some bike lane improvements.
Earlier this year the city put up an electric bike lane, and a bike-share station is under construction on the Mall.
The city plans to build a parking garage at the Capitol and also open a bike storage facility for bikes in a few years.
But they said they still worry the law could make it more difficult to find parking for their bikes.
“We’re already getting pushback from some people who think it’s not a good idea to have bike parking,” Pizzio said.
The law also could make riding a bike more difficult.
It’s been estimated that about 80% of Washington’s bike commuters ride with a helmet.
And a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that some drivers were more likely to be distracted while using their cellphones while riding a bicycle than drivers on public streets.
The U.K.’s Cycling Advisory Committee is considering a report on the law.
It will likely be released soon.
The City Council will vote on the bill later this month.
The Washington Bicycle Coalition is planning a march next week on the Capitol to protest the law and encourage the passage of a statewide law to protect bike lanes.