9th Street NW Protected Bike Lane Virtual Open House

After 5 years in limbo, the Eastern Downtown protected bike lane (PBL) project is finally moving forward to redesign 9th St. NW in Shaw.  On Thursday, July 29, the District Department of Transportation is holding a virtual open house to present the current design, share the next steps in the process, and take input on your priorities for the street as planners refine the design. 

This project will redesign 9th St. NW with an east-side, 2-way protected bike lane, safer pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming between Pennsylvania Ave and Florida Ave. NW. It will fill a large hole in DC’s low-stress bicycle network and significantly reduce speeding, dangerous driving, and prevent traffic crashes in the corridor.

Meeting Details

What: 9th Street NW Protected Bike Lane Virtual Open House
Date:  Thursday, 7/29/21
Time:  4 – 7pm
Meeting URL: rebrand.ly/9thStNW-ProtectedBikeLane
Or Call in #: 202-860-2110, Access Code: 172 214 7464

Please attend, ask questions, and show your support for making 9th St. a safe, walkable, bikeable, and accessible street for everyone who uses it.

Get Involved

We are thrilled that the Mayor and DDOT are moving this project ahead, yet we know that it still needs help, positive pressure and public enthusiasm to get built. If you are passionate about this project and want to roll up your sleeves to help organize that support over the next few months, sign up below.


In 2015, DDOT began the Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane study to identify a viable street for a north-south protected bike lane between 15th St. NW and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. After many heated public meetings, stakeholder consultation, and extensive analysis, the study concluded in 2017 that 6th and 9th streets NW were the best candidates and work began on preliminary design for both corridors.

In 2018, the project team completed 30% design for both streets and, after additional traffic studies and stakeholder input, selected 9th St. However, without any announcement or reasons offered, the project was put on hold, preventing any further design work or outreach. In May, Mayor Bowser announced that the project is again moving forward, restarting design and outreach for the project. Construction is expected in 2022.

Click here to read more about this project’s history on the WABA blog.

See the project documents here.

Speak up now for safe, low-stress biking on 37th & Tunlaw

DC’s Ward 3, especially west of Wisconsin Ave, has a serious lack of safe and low-stress options for making trips by bike. But the District Department of Transportation has some big plans for a whole bike network, starting with a 1.7 mile corridor on New Mexico, Tunlaw, and 37th stretching from Nebraska Ave to Whitehaven Parkway in Burleith.

Last night, the neighborhood commission for 3D, which covers New Mexico Ave, voted 9-0 in support of protected bike lanes on New Mexico Ave! But just to the south, in ANC 3B, protected bike lanes — and any dedicated space for people who bike, really — are facing some fierce opposition over loss of car parking. Now is the time to speak up for a low stress and safe bicycling option on Tunlaw & 37th.

Commissioners in ANC 3B want to hear from people who live and work the area before they take a formal position. Please take minute to email anc3bmail@gmail.com to share your priorities before Friday, July 9.

Map of the proposed New Mexico, Tunlaw, 37th St. NW bikeway

To learn more about the corridor and DDOT’s proposals, see DDOT’s recent presentation to ANC 3B. Send your comments directly to anc3bmail@gmail.com by Friday, July 9. And if you can, attend the July 15 ANC meeting to see the latest from DDOT and speak up for a low stress and safe bicycling option for Tunlaw & 37th. Find the ANC Join link and agenda here.

Not sure what to say? Short and simple is best. Here’s some inspiration:

  • Include your name and where you live. You can look up your ANC here.
  • How would protected bike lanes on Tunlaw and 37th make your life easier, safer or better?
  • What trips would you like to make by bike, but don’t because it doesn’t feel safe? Trips to school, work, groceries? What’s holding you back?
  • Adding bike lanes alone can help reduce speeding and aggressive driving, but a street redesign is also an opportunity to add pedestrian crossings, improve visibility at intersections and traffic calming. What traffic safety issues do you see that should be addressed as part of this project?
  • Safe, comfortable options for biking help reduce the demand for parking by creating additional options for getting around, while excluding those options creates a vicious circle of ever-expanding demand for car parking. What is your vision for the neighborhood? What transportation options should people have?

Don’t forget to email your thoughts to anc3bmail@gmail.com by Friday, July 9 and if you can, attend the ANC meeting. Please bcc advocacy@waba.org to help us track responses.

Upper Beach Drive Environmental Assessment Meeting w/ NPS

The National Park Service is holding a virtual public meeting about the future management of upper Beach Drive. This meeting kicks off an environmental assessment of the options, including keeping sections of Upper Beach Drive open to people and closed to cars, seven days a week. 

At the meeting, NPS will present the options under consideration, explain their process, take feedback, and share how you can weigh in through the 45 day comment period.

This is the chance we’ve been pushing for! Please attend, share your enthusiasm in the chat box, and share what you think about the options. We’ll have guidance on written comments soon.

Upper Beach Drive
Environmental Assessment Kickoff
Thursday, July 8 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Join on Microsoft Teams
More info on the NPS project page