Low Stress Network September Updates

83 months after the first tumultuous public meeting, more than 7.5 years after DDOT staff began working on it, we FINALLY have final plans and an official Notice of Intent from DDOT for the 9th St. NW Protected Bike Lane Project! This is not a drill.

After so much discussion, organizing, and careful work, the Mayor, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and so many more key stakeholders are finally on board with this critical project! Hard to believe.

We are at the very final step before construction – one last moment for formal public input. Take a moment to click here and tell DDOT that the 9th St. PBL has your full support. Let’s not leave anything to chance. Help us drive home the popularity and need for the 9th St. Protected Bike Lane and Traffic Safety Project. Act by September 22.

Take Action

Finished? Great! Now here’s the latest news and actions on our Low Stress Network Campaign. Don’t forget to join us at our next advocate meetup Tonight, Monday, September 19 at 7pm to get involved in a campaign near you. Register on Zoom

Did You See This?

  1. The Low Stress Network is taking shape in Park View & Columbia Heights – DDOT crews are most of the way through installing the Park Pl, Warder St. and Kenyon St. protected bike lanes. It is thrilling to see the vision finally taking place!
  2. The DC Council takes its first big vote on the Safer Streets Amendment Act on Tue Sept 20 – you can email your council members with your quick  thoughts on allowing bicycle Stop as Yield, prohibiting driver Right on Red and more before Tuesday.
  3. Another block of PBL on Maine Ave SW opens, the first 3 blocks of the 19th St. NE protected bike lane between East Capital and C St NE are under construction (more to come), and the Pennsylvania Ave SE bus priority and protected bike lane project is ramping up!
  4. DDOT is moving ahead with a road diet and protected bike lane plan on New Jersey Ave from N to Florida AVe – see photos here.
  5. Check out the new Safer Connecticut Ave website and grab a yard sign at  saferconnave.org
  6. Progress on the Ward 3 New Mexico / Tunlaw Protected bike lanes – ANC 3D and 3B indicated tentative support by votes over the summer. Expect a final vote this fall.

Things To Do

We win forward movement on safe streets when advocates like you are speaking up for DC’s Low Stress Bike Network. Here are some quick actions to support building  the network. Find the most recent actions at waba.org/action.


It’s Time to Build the 9th St. PBL!

After 7 impossibly long years, DDOT is finally ready to build the 9th St. NW Protected Bike Lane & Safety Project. Take Action to give it one final, enthusiastic push!

Take Action


Share Your Vision for Good Hope & MLK Jr Intersection

Tell DDOT what is not working at Good Hope & MLK Jr intersection and how your would fix it in this short survey.

Take Action

Safety First on Q And R Streets NW / NE

DC has many north-south protected bike lanes in Ward 2, but the lack of high-quality, east-west routes put people who bike in constant danger. It’s time to put Safety First on Q & R St with continuous, protected bike lanes from Dupont to the Met Branch Trail.

Sign the Petition

Support DDOT’s Plan to Finish the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE

DDOT has a new, thoughtful, & all-around better plan to complete the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE with wide protected bike lanes, orderly school pickup/dropoff, and traffic calming. Sign your support!
Take Action

Weigh in on Columbia Road NW Bus Priority & Bike Project

DDOT wants your ideas for making Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan work better for buses and bikes. Take the survey by Oct 1.

Take Action

Share Your Big Ideas with the DC Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force

What are your transformative ideas for a bigger, better, more equitable transportation system in DC? Up to $3 billion in federal funding may be coming DC’s way and DC’s Infrastructure Task Force wants to hear your ideas.

Take Action

Events & Places to Go

Low Stress Bike Network Citywide Meeting
Get updates on campaigns across DC and get involved in one near you.
Monday, September 19  at 7pm
Register on Zoom

8th St. NE PBL Update at ANC 5E

Get DDOT’s update on plans for safe biking, walking, school drop-off and finishing the trail gap on 8th St NE (~8:20pm).
Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm

Join on Zoom

Ward 3 Hangout with Ward 3 Bike Advocates

Meet up with bike-minded people in Ward 3, meet candidates for Ward 3 ANCs, and help show future neighborhood representatives that Ward 3 is serious about safe biking. All candidates in Ward 3 ANC races were invited.
Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 PM
The Stage at Fort Reno 

DC Council Hearing on Impoundment Reform Act and Traffic Safety in the District

Testify and demand safe streets action from the DC Council. Click through for details on signing up.
Wednesday, October 5 at 12pm

Sign up to Testify and Join on Zoom

Step Up Your Advocacy

  • WABA’s Low Stress Network campaign is powered and lead by community advocates like you. So we have tons of resources to share. Visit waba.org/network for videos of past trainings, helpful how-tos, and more. 

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