My previous post was some inconveniences/hazards. It's not all bad. There have been some improvements.
Cyclists seem to be winning a victory with the bike lane on 52nd Street NW.
Also, I think the reconstructed pathway in the East Village is a good example of accommodating cyclists and pedestrians in a tight space. Sure, it probably won't be a high speed commuting route but at least the cycling lane is clearly identifiable and marked. I'd be interested to know what others think of this. Is it applicable on other sections of the pathway along the river, i.e. west of downtown to 14th street?
The junction of the pathway through Varsity with the bike lanes on 53rd Street NW is another recent improvement. About a year ago the City installed concrete ramps so that cyclists could more easily traverse from pathway to bike lane. Previously cyclists entering the pathway from the northbound bike lane would have to swing wide into the traffic lane and then hop onto the curb, cross a mucky section (still visible between the ramps) and then the sidewalk onto the pathway. Cyclists merging from the pathway onto the southbound bike lane would have to focus much of their attention on navigating the same muck and curb as opposed to paying attention to approaching motorists. Of course, we now just need the City to keep this area clear in winter!