ANC 2B Virtual Listening Session on Protected Bike Lanes

The District Department of Transportation has announced plans to move ahead with two key protected bike lane and traffic calming projects in Dupont Circle on 17th St. NW and 20th St. NW. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B is holding a virtual community meeting to talk through the plans and hear from community members. 

If you live, work, shop, or travel in the neighborhood, please join your neighbors, attend, and speak up in support of the projects. RSVP below to let WABA know you’ll be there and for some more info about our campaign for a safer 17th St NW. For more information on the meeting, click here. See the full agenda here.

Ward 1 & 2 Safe Streets Monthly Meeting

Ward 1&2 Safe Streets is a group of neighbors working together for safer streets and protected bike lanes in DC’s Wards 1 and 2. Join us at our next monthly meeting by video or phone, learn about our priorities, and get involved!

Join the meeting on Google Meet by clicking here: meet.google.com/gnq-xmju-rmi

Or call in : (321) 684-4551‬ PIN: ‪158 094 190‬#

Get involved in WABA’s 20×20 campaign to support 20 new miles of connected, protected, and equitable bike lanes in DC. We will talk strategy, fun tactics, and next steps for solidifying support for campaigns in Wards 1 & 2 including protected bike lanes on 17th St. NW, 9th St. NW and lanes in Foggy Bottom.

Come meet community advocates, neighbors, and that person you only know on Twitter, roll up your sleeves, and get started! 

It’s Time for a Safer 17th Street NW

Even before the pandemic, 17th St. NW in Dupont Circle was not working for the people and businesses that rely on it. Frequent near-misses, long pedestrian crossings, insufficient loading zones, and a narrow one-way painted bicycle lane make getting around the retail corridor challenging and often perilous.

In the last few months more people are walking, bicycling, and running in their neighborhoods. Some cities are already going beyond temporary measures and reconfiguring city streets to make more space for people. Let’s build on this momentum (and existing city plans) and redesign 17th Street NW from T St. to K St. NW. Protected bike lanes, shorter crossings, and loading zones will make 17th Street safer for cyclists, pedestrians, runners, and everyone supporting the many businesses on 17th Street.

Please sign your name to this petition to let Mayor Bowser, DDOT, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B know that you support this project and demand:

  • a reconfigured 17th Street streetscape that provides safer, protected infrastructure for bicyclists, pedestrians, and runners
  • a design that takes into account the needs of 17th Street restaurants and merchants for loading & unloading and pickups & drop offs, while also providing better access to these businesses for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • that the Mayor and the District Department of Transportation prioritize safety improvements for 17th Street NW for completion in 2020

Local residents and commuters, supported by the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), the Greater Greater Washington community, have been asking for a safer 17th Street NW for many years. 17th Street is subject to frequent near-misses, blocked car lanes, insufficient loading zones, and an unsafe, one-way unprotected bicycle lane.

Draft designs for a safer 17th Street were created in 2017, but did not take into account the unique loading and unloading needs of 17th Street restaurants and merchants. Residents and businesses have provided supportive and critical feedback to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to improve the plans. DDOT just issued a Notice of Intent to reconfigure the street with protected bike lanes in each direction, safer crossings and loading zones.

Please sign the petition to show your support!

Safe bike infrastructure on 17th Street is

Read DDOT’s Notice of Intent and see the plan here.

17th Street today
17th Street proposed

20×20 Campaign May Update

It has been a few months since our last update on WABA’s 20×20 campaign, and so much has happened. The world has been turned upside down and we find ourselves with new rules for getting around and new demands on our streets. For many, this crisis is proving how liberating getting around by bike could be, if only there were a complete network of reliable, safe, and low-stress places to ride across the city.

We are working many angles to build that network, and you can read about them and sign your name in support here. The 20×20 campaign to add 20 miles of protected bike lanes to DC’s network by the end of 2020 remains critical to getting it all done.

Roll Up Your Sleeves & Get Involved

Summer Advocate Training Series

We are excited to announce a new weekly training series to help get community advocates like you fit for a productive summer of fighting for safe streets. Over the next couple weeks, hop on Zoom for a 30-60 minute session on the core skills, background, and tools for moving the 20×20 campaign for more protected bike lanes throughout the city. 

It’s weekly, Wednesdays at 6:30pm starting May 13! Come for as many sessions as interest you. No prior experience is necessary. See the calendar and sign up for a session here.

Join our 20×20 Spring of Action

To keep our momentum and the support for 20×20 projects growing, we are doing a weekly call to action. Each week, you will get a new opportunity to make the case for safer streets to a community stakeholder or elected leader. With your help we can bring new allies to the table, find common ground, and keep putting pressure where it is needed. Sign up for your Ward’s 20×20 group to get started!

Attend a DC Council Candidate Forum

Next week, we are pleased to host candidates for DC Council seats to discuss their perspectives and priorities on transportation, biking, and safe streets in DC.

Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm – Ward 2 and Ward 4 Candidate Transportation Forum – register and submit questions

Thursday, May 21 at 7pm – Ward 7 and Ward 8 Candidate Transportation Forum – register and submit questions

Attend a 20×20 Ward Meeting

We have groups of community advocates working in every ward to build support for the 20×20 projects. Join us for our next meeting! Find dates, times, and join links at waba.org/fun.

Updates

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Meet James Brady!

In March, we welcomed James Brady to the team to lead our 20×20 organizing in wards 4, 7, and 8. You can get to know him in his intro blog post. And if you live in one of those wards, he’d love to get to know you and get you plugged in! To start, fill out this survey and make sure to sign up for a 20×20 group at waba.org/20×20.

DDOT Ramping Up Planning

In August 2019, we challenged DDOT to build 20 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2020. That’s nearly 10 times the protected lane mileage the agency has ever built in a single year. By February, the agency  committed to 20 miles by 2022 — not nearly good enough, but still a substantial increase in pace and ambition. We have seen that DDOT is pooling resources from across the agency to plan, design and install more lanes faster. Our organizing and your voices are making this change possible,  so, it’s time to step it up!

Franklin St. NE protected bike lanes

Construction Season Has Started

From winter to spring, short protected bike lanes opened on P St. SW, 6th St. NE, Franklin St. NE, Monroe St. NE, and 4th St. NW adding about 0.75 miles to the network.

Construction started this month on the long-awaited Crosstown protected bike lane connecting Brookland to Park View. It will run one mile from Harewood St. NE to Warder Pl. NW on Irving and Kenyon Streets. The design includes wide curb-protected bike lanes, safer pedestrian crossings, and a handful of changes to make this highway a more pleasant place for people.

Work also starts this month on the 0.3 mile Brentwood Parkway protected bike lanes to extend the 6th St. NE lanes to the 9th St bridge. It will make a new low-stress route to three school campuses and future links into the New York Ave Trail, Brentwood, Union Market, and Trinidad neighborhoods.

And just around the corner, DDOT is on the last step of public input before installation can start on 1.6 miles of protected bike lanes on G St. NW in Foggy Bottom, K St NW in Mount Vernon Triangle, and Water St. NW in Georgetown.

4th St NW protected contraflow lane

Momentum & Major Milestones

Those projects are marching along because community advocates are working with their neighbors, getting decisionmakers on board, and putting pressure on DDOT to deliver. Thanks to that work, in the past few months:

  • ANCs passed resolutions in support of protected bike lanes on West Virginia Ave NE, G St NW, K St NW/NE, and Kenyon St. NW,
  • DDOT drew up preliminary plans for protected bike lanes on 4th St SW, 1st St/Potomac Ave SE, New Jersey Ave SE, 17th St. NW, and West Virginia Ave NE,
  • DDOT began planning protected bike lanes and bus only lanes on Pennsylvania Ave SE from 2nd St. SE to the Anacostia River, and
  • Planners are nearing the final design for the 1.5 mile 20th, 21st St. NW protected bike lanes

Thanks for reading. If you want to keep this work going, this week is a great time to renew your WABA Membership! Join the Bike Anywhere Week fun, grab a bingo card, and order your rad Bike Anywhere Week t-shirt today!

Advocacy Training: How to talk about safe streets

Dive into the nuts and bolts of making change happen with veteran WABA organizer Garrett Hennigan in a new weekly webinar series.

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In this session, we’ll tackle one of the most fundamental parts of winning campaigns: understanding how to talk about what you want.

We’ll cover people-centered language, discuss integrating transportation equity into your ask, and unpack some of ways that common words in transportation advocacy mean different things to different people.

We’ll have plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here, check out the rest of the series here.

Advocacy Training: Making the Case for a Project

Update: This training is being postponed to a future date.

Dive into the nuts and bolts of making change happen with veteran WABA organizer Garrett Hennigan in a new weekly webinar series.

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So you want a protected bike lane, but how do you get other people on board? In this session, we’ll walk through how to make a compelling case for new bike infrastructure.

We will look at different ways to use language, stories, data, and visuals to define a problem and present a solution.

We’ll have plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here, check out the rest of the series here.

Advocacy Training: Know and Use The Bureaucratic Process

Dive into the nuts and bolts of making change happen with veteran WABA organizer Garrett Hennigan in a new weekly webinar series.

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In this session we’ll take a look at how the District Department of Transportation moves a project from idea to construction, and talk about how to provide effective feedback along the way.

We’ll have plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here, check out the rest of the series here.

Advocacy Training: Effective Tactics

Dive into the nuts and bolts of making change happen with veteran WABA organizer Garrett Hennigan in a new weekly webinar series.

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We’ll talk about how to build support for a project, and then demonstrate that support to the right decision-makers. We will explore a variety of tactics from canvassing to online petitions to public testimony, and discuss some of the tools WABA has that can support these tactics.

We’ll have plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here, check out the rest of the series here.

Advocacy Training: Working with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Dive into the nuts and bolts of making change happen with veteran WABA organizer Garrett Hennigan in a new weekly webinar series.

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In this session, we’ll look at the ups, downs and idiosyncrasies of the District’s hyperlocal elected bodies. ANCs are critical to advancing safe streets projects in DC.

Note: This session will focus on DC.

We’ll have plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here, check out the rest of the series here.