Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dr. Gridlock: reduce congestion by adding more bike lanes

In today's Dr. Gridlock column in the Post, Traffic Remedies: The Good, the Bad and the Unworkable, he offers some suggests for reducing congestion in this area:
-- Consider imposing a toll to drive into a downtown congestion zone. The toll would make some drivers consider other travel options. The money raised would be used for congestion relief.

-- Create bike lanes and make bike rentals more available. It would get more cars off the streets.

-- Pursue the plan approved this month by the regional Transportation Planning Board to upgrade bus service. I'm not saying Gier should have taken a bus, but if more people had that option, streets would be less crowded.

Please share your suggestions. Here are a few ideas contributed by readers on our Get There blog:

-- Expand the SmartBike program in the District, especially as a means of reaching Nationals Park.

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