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    QOTM and I spent the late afternoon at the Wharf yesterday. There were lots of bikes all around. Plenty on the woonerf, plenty of bikes parked, loads of dockless bikeshare bikes around, and plenty of folks biking to and from the Wharf, and folks walking around with bike helmets.

    As for the PBL, I felt better about it. There were more folks riding on it, if not yet as many as the folks walking on it. You do not need to walk on it - the sidewalk in front of the stores is wide enough (QOTM and I managed to confine our walking on the Maine Avenue side to the sidewalk) Indeed the sidewalk is so wide, at least a few people keep being tempted to ride on it in preference to the PBL.

    Clearly the sooner DDOT paints the bike striping/symbols the better, as the current situation of people walking on the PBL and (most) people on bikes avoiding it, creates habits and expectations. Also of course connections west of the PBL are also currently lacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ursus View Post
    I suspect there will be more foot traffic when the offices, hotels, and apartments are all populated.
    Rumor around the office is that's where we're moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    I rode the PBL west bound on the way home. Figured a Friday evening would be a particular challenge. Lots of pedestrians, if still not enough to render it unrideable for me. There was one cyclist going the other way on the PBL. But there was also a cyclist riding on the actual sidewalk (IE NOT the PBL) Which I think indicates a problem as big as that inherent in the infrastructure - there is nothing present indicating to anyone that there is supposed to be mode seperation between bikes and peds. Unless you are aficionado of Dutch style bike infra, or you have been combing this forum for references to the PBL, you would have no idea that there was a PBL there. Also does not help that one of the apt buildings has its leasing sign in the PBL. My suggested solution is that we maybe ask DDOT to put in a cycle track on Maine Avenue. That might get their attention, maybe?

    Also of course one other reason there is little bike traffic is that there is really nowhere to go at the west end of the PBL - the connection to fish market sidewalk is worse than ever.

    On a side note, if I cross Maine in the crosswalk on the west side of 7th, and then turn west on the PBL, the bike counter will not capture me, right? For now at least the entry to the woonerf is closed, so its either that, or use the crosswalk on the east side of 7th, which is hard to get to because of the construction east of 7th.
    I think that you are correct in saying that you wonít be counted.

    I have yet to see the bikeometer read over 100 in about 5 trips past it in each direction. Because of its orientation I cannot see if it is working, and I have twice gone past it and then turned around, and it indeed is.

    I hope that chris_s is correct about his interpretation of bikepedanticís tweet. The only one which I saw just read that it was not painted to indicate it is a PBL, not that it was going to be painted. We will see.

    I also walked from home, walked by the entire Wharf on the river side and then returned on the Maine Ave side (on the sidewalk, not the PBL ). There is really not much open there yet. It looks like stores, restaurants, etc., will be opening about weekly through the next few months. That actually is good as there will be a gradual increase in usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ursus View Post
    I think that you are correct in saying that you won’t be counted.

    I have yet to see the bikeometer read over 100 in about 5 trips past it in each direction. Because of its orientation I cannot see if it is working, and I have twice gone past it and then turned around, and it indeed is.

    I hope that chris_s is correct about his interpretation of bikepedantic’s tweet. The only one which I saw just read that it was not painted to indicate it is a PBL, not that it was going to be painted. We will see.

    I also walked from home, walked by the entire Wharf on the river side and then returned on the Maine Ave side (on the sidewalk, not the PBL ). There is really not much open there yet. It looks like stores, restaurants, etc., will be opening about weekly through the next few months. That actually is good as there will be a gradual increase in usage.
    All very encouraging. Since I ferry my wife to work on Maine Ave daily, I can monitor who's opening up, as well as progress in striping/marking the PBL. My hope is that the coffee shop part of District Hardware & Bike will be open when I run RAID Papillon-District Wharf through there this Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post
    All very encouraging. Since I ferry my wife to work on Maine Ave daily, I can monitor who's opening up, as well as progress in striping/marking the PBL. My hope is that the coffee shop part of District Hardware & Bike will be open when I run RAID Papillon-District Wharf through there this Saturday.
    Last report from the Velocafe on Twitter was that they're opening up tomorrow (10/17).

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