Viewpoint: Want workers back in the office? Stop Connecticut Avenue bike lanes.

What does Washington, D.C., have in common with Portland, Seattle, New York, Boston, Oakland and Rochester? Surprisingly, all these cities and many others have removed protected bike lane infrastructure — known as PBLs — that they found to be highly detrimental to commuting, unsafe and a failed experiment.

Across America and abroad, cities are protesting, canceling, and removing PBLs on main thoroughfares due to their negative impact. You may have noticed the uproar this summer over dedicated PBLs and bus lanes on the proposed K Street Transitway, prompting a review and redesign of this project.

At a time when downtown D.C. is struggling to attract workers back to their offices, shoppers to retail stores, and patrons to downtown restaurants and bars, why is the District Department of Transportation moving ahead with plans to make it harder to travel into the city by adding two bike lanes to an already choked off Connecticut Avenue? This irrational policy is counter to Mayor Muriel…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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