Low Stress Network is building momentum

It’s been a big month for our campaign to build DC’s Low Stress Bike Network. Read on for actions, events, and food for thought.

Join our Monthly Advocate Meetup on Monday, March 21 at 7pm. Meet up virtually with advocates from across the city, share relevant updates, and join a work session on a low stress network campaign in your Ward.

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Did You See This?

D.C. wants to double its 24 miles of protected bike lanes. It plans to start with 10 miles this year (Washington Post) – Thanks to folks like you speaking up, writing in, and working hard on campaigns for better streets across the city, DDOT has committed to building out 10 new miles of protected bike lanes in 2022 and 2023 each. See the map in the article for some exciting transformations in the pipeline.

D.C. will add bike lanes, remove reversible travel lanes on busy Connecticut Ave. NW (Washington Post) – After 2 years of work, Mayor Bowser announced that the community-preferred design for Connecticut Ave is moving forward with fewer driving lanes, protected bike lanes, and dramatically safer intersections. Join us in thanking Mayor Bowser for putting people first on Connecticut Ave.

Things To Do

Our momentum is growing because advocates like you are speaking up for DC’s Low Stress Bike Network. Here are some quick actions to support parts of that network. Find the most recent actions at waba.org/action.

People First on I (Eye) St. SE/SW

Sign the petition to support DDOT’s plan for protected bike lanes, traffic calming, and safer intersections on I St. in SW Waterfront and Navy Yard. Take Action 

Thank Mayor Bowser for Putting People First on Connecticut Ave

DC Mayor Bowser announced that 3+ miles of Connecticut Ave NW will be redesigned with new protected bike lanes, traffic calming, and no more dangerous reversible lanes. Join us in thanking the mayor! Take Action

Support Traffic Calming on New Jersey Ave NW

New Jersey Avenue between N Street and Florida Avenue NW is a dangerous and a glaring gap in the low stress network. Sign this petition to support DDOT’s plan to fix it. Take Action

Safe Biking & Walking on Lincoln Road NE Now!

Join us in urging DDOT to take this next step in connecting the bike lanes of Northeast DC, and taking the next step towards a safe commuting future for the District. Take Action

Events & Opportunities

Columbia Rd Bus Priority & Bike Project at ANC 1C PZT Committee

Get an early glimpse and weigh in on DDOT’s plans for bus and bike improvements on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM
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Kenyon St. Protected Bike Lane & Safety Project Update at ANC 1A

Join ANC 1A’s Transportation Committee for an update on extending the Crosstown bike lanes and other improvements.

Tuesday, March 22, at 7:00 pm
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DC Candidate Forum: Ward 5 Councilmember (Transportation)

Ward 5 DC Council Transportation Forum on Transportation Issues in Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
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DC Candidate Forum: Mayoral and Council Chair

Chair and Mayoral Transportation Forum on Transportation Issues in Washington, DC

Tuesday, Mar 29 at 7:00 pm
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DC Advocate Meetup

Meet up with neighbors and friends working to create DC’s Low Stress Network.
Date & Location Coming Soon

What We’re Reading

D.C. traffic deaths at 14-year high with low-income areas hardest hit (Washington Post) – a look back at eight years of crashes on DC streets shows an alarming pattern of traffic violence and loss concentrated most in lower income neighborhoods and east of the Anacostia River. Click through the maps and tables to see for yourself.

The Rise and Fall of a Safer 8th St. (GGWash) – This project to fill a half-mile of the Met Branch Trail and improve street safety around 4 charter schools inexplicably came off the rails last year, but needs to get back on track.

Advocate resources

  • WABA’s Low Stress Network campaign is powered and lead by community advocates, so we have tons of resources to share. Visit waba.org/network for videos of past trainings, helpful how-tos, and more. 
  • Grab a slot at our Advocate Office Hours to dig into an issue, find opportunities to get involved in a campaign, or plot the first steps of your own. Sign up for office hours here.