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Designated bike lanes are still being used by cars.
In the morning, heading west on Brookland Park Blvd. at the intersection with Brook, when the light is red, some drivers are sitting in the right-turn-only lane, and instead of turning right, when the light turns green, they race across Brook Rd. and drive down the bike lane on Brookland Park Blvd., eventually cutting back into the car lane. They are doing this to avoid getting caught in the long line of traffic backed up in the center lane at the light.
There are also regularly cars driving in the bike lane heading east on Brookland Parkway.
The best solution would probably be to get rid of the new bike lanes and revert back to two car lanes in each direction. The existing shoulder could potentially be turned into a bike lane if needed, although it's not clear how useful a dedicated bike lane will be, as I have yet to see a single bike riding in the new bike lanes.
As an alternative, maybe remove a block of the new bike lane heading east on Brookland Parkway from Brook Rd. That would allow two lanes of traffic to cross over Brook Rd., which would alleviate the traffic backup at the Brook Rd. traffic light in the morning. After crossing over Brook Rd., the two lanes could merge into one further down the block.
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