Cool Spring/Adelphi Bike & Pedestrian Access Improvement Project

Join the Prince George’s Department of Public Works and Transportation to learn about pedestrian and bicycle access improvements in Cool Spring near Adelphi Road and University Blvd.

The scope of the project is to provide safe walking and bicycling access for residents of the Cool Spring Neighborhood to University of Maryland and the coming Purple Line station. DPWT staff are at he early stages of the design process, so now is the perfect time to weigh in with concerns, suggestions, and dreams about bicycle and pedestrian accessibility and safety in the area. Attend the meeting and speak up.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/97302479498

Or dial in using your phone: 301 715 8592; Access Code: 973-0247-9498

You may also submit comments to DPW&T Project Manager, Nina Upadhyay at nupadhyay@co.pg.md.us by February 14, 2021.

Take Action: Connecticut Ave Needs Continuous, Safe, Protected Bike Lanes

The District Department of Transportation is considering removing the Connecticut Avenue reversible lane and redesigning the street from Chevy Chase to Woodley Park. We have a real opportunity to make the street safer, comfortable for biking, and a more vibrant, livable main street. Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and speak up, before this rare opportunity passes.

Send a message to DDOT’s project team insisting that to be successful, a future Connecticut Avenue must include continuous, safe, and protected bike lanes. Start with the template below, but take a moment to make it personal with a short story.

For more detail on the study, including design concepts, see the documents linked on the project page.

Fenton St. Protected Bike Lane Virtual Meeting

Potential design for Fenton Street Protected Bike Lane in Silver Spring, MD

Since January 2020, Montgomery County Department of Transportation staff have been busy planning the final major piece of downtown Silver Spring’s protected bicycle network: a protected bike lane on Fenton Street. On November 18, MCDOT is hosting a virtual public meeting to present findings from their study and to share design alternatives for what protected bike lanes on Fenton St could look like.

Please join us to learn about the project and help us send a clear message that Silver Spring needs a bikeable and walkable Fenton Street.

  1. We want to keep you in the loop and stay in touch before and after the meeting. Use the form below to let us know you’ll be there and opt into updates on the project.
  2. To attend this virtual meeting, MCDOT is asking that you register in advance. Once you hit submit on the form below, you will be redirected to MCDOT’s registration page. Click here to register on MCDOT’s website

MCDOT has posted the full study report and extensive plan sets on the project website for review before the meeting.

Ward 6 20×20 Meeting

Want better biking in and safer streets in Ward 6? Join us for a Ward 6 Action Group meeting!

 We will be strategizing (virtually) how to extend the number of bike lanes throughout the ward!  We’ll also talk about the recently passed Vision Zero Omnibus Bill with guest speaker Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen! 

Register and Join on Zoom here.

20X20: Getting It Done

We are cranking up the pressure to finish the 20×20 campaign off strong. Many key protected bike lanes are already done or slated for construction this fall, promising a larger, more protected and connected bicycle network for DC. But too many important projects on the map are still plodding along with an uncertain future. Read on to see where we are and get involved.

A Big Fall for New Protected Bike Lanes

photo from @thisisbossi

As you read this, crews are upgrading bike lanes on 4th St. NW/SW from Maddison Dr NW to I St. SW (0.8 mi) (photos) and New Jersey Ave SE from E St. to H St. NE (0.2 mi). And construction has been teased for almost 6 miles of new protected bike lanes before the end of the year on:

  • G St. NW from Virginia Ave to 17th St NW (0.7 mi)
  • 20th & 21st St. from Massachusetts Ave to Virginia Ave (1.1 mi) and the link to the National Mall (0.2 mi) is coming in the spring
  • K St. NW from 7th St NW to 1st St NE (0.9 mi)
  • First St & Potomac Ave SE from South Capitol St. to I St. SW (0.7 mi)
  • 17th St. NW from T St. to K St. (0.9 mi)
  • West Virginia Ave from Montana Ave to Mount Olivet Rd NE (0.6 mi) 
  • 8th St. NE from Edgewood St. to Monroe St. NE (0.5 mi)

But none of these are a done deal until they’re in the ground. With just a few months to go before it is too cold to stripe lanes, we need your help to keep the pressure up!

Take Action

map of Crosstown protected bike lane project from DDOT

Here are a few things you can do to help:

  • Ward 1 & 4 – Neighbors in Wards 1 & 4 are joining forces to push DDOT to complete the North/ South leg of the crosstown cycletrack ASAP!  In addition to providing safe and easy access from Parkview and Petworth to Brookland and Columbia Heights, this plan will add trees and other greenery to the Warder and Park Place corridors.  If you want to know more or get involved contact james.brady@waba.org and join our next meeting
  • Ward 2
    • Despite getting all but one vote in support from Dupont Circle’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission in July, and assurances from DDOT that it would be installed this fall, we hear that the timeline is slipping on the 17th St. NW protected bike lanes. Help us remind DDOT Director Marootian and Ward 2 Coulcilmember Pinto why finishing this safety project can’t wait.
    • Explore the plan for Pennsylvania Ave west of the White House and tell DDOT that they need to make temporary safety improvements sooner than 2022.
  • Ward 3 – Sign the petition in support of protected bike lanes on Connecticut Ave NW and get involved in our campaign with Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates. See DDOT’s options here.
  • Ward 5 – Before October 8, write DDOT a quick email showing your support for West Virginia Ave protected bike lanes (plans here). Then, sign a petition in support of Lincoln Rd NE protected bike lanes or 8th St NE protected bike lanes
  • Ward 7 –  Better trail connections between the Marvin Gaye Trail and Anacostia River Trail, upgrading the Massachusetts Ave SE bike lanes and less stressful walking & biking connections around Kenilworth Ave NE are all on the table for Ward 7. To learn more and get involved contact james.brady@waba.org and join our next meeting.
  • Ward 8 – The 20X20 campaign is working diligently with local supporters and advocates to demonstrate support for better bicycle infrastructure in Ward 8.  We are focusing on protected bicycle lanes on Mississippi Avenue SE and we’ll soon be hitting the streets to talk to neighbors and community members about the benefits of this project!  To learn more and get involved contact james.brady@waba.org and join our next meeting.

Show Up & Get Involved

We have groups of community advocates working in every ward to build support for the 20×20 projects. Getting involved is easy. Sign up here to be the first to hear about actions, updates and get involved with planning.

Attend a 20×20 Ward Meeting

Join us for our next meeting in your ward! Find dates, times, and join links at waba.org/fun.

  • September 28 – Ward 8 – 6:30 pm
  • September 30 – Ward 4 – 6:30 pm
  • October 6 – Ward 6 – 6:30 pm
  • October 19 – Ward 5 – 7:00 pm
  • October  20 – Wards 1 & 2 – 6:30 pm
  • October 29 – Ward 7 – 6:30 pm

All of this work is made possible by the efforts of our community advocates and the financial support of WABA members. If you are able, support our 20×20 campaign with a monthly contribution. Give Today!