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D.C. urgently needs additional bike lanes.

DDOT is at work on a plan to install bike lanes and pedestrian upgrades along Connecticut Avenue. The changes will affect drivers of the 30,000 to 32,000 vehicles per day that ply the upper part of the corridor. Critics assail parts of the blueprint, questioning whether adjacent routes can handle diverted traffic. “Save Connecticut Avenue” petition has gathered more than 2,400 signatures. A recent evaluation of the project found that crashes have plummeted.

Traffic volumes have trended downward, except for eastbound during morning peak times. Pedestrian volumes dropped by 22 percent; bike ridership jumped 75 percent.