November Ward 7 20×20 Campaign Meetup

On November 23rd, at 6:30pm, come chat with your friends and neighbors in Ward 7 to discuss the ins and outs of bicycle infrastructure in. Strategize and plan with your community and advocate for safer streets for pedestrians, bikers, scooters, and buses in DC.

Join via Zoom.

Two vulnerable road users killed by DC Police drivers in the past week.

On Friday, October 23rd Karon Hylton-Brown was killed in a crash on Kennedy Street NW while being pursued by the Metropolitan Police Department for riding a moped on the sidewalk without a helmet.  While some elements of this fatal crash are in dispute, what is indisputable is that these are both minor traffic violations that should not result in any pursuit at all, let alone fatal pursuit.  In fact, MPD has a “no pursuit” policy that forbids officers from engaging in this very conduct.

On Tuesday, October 27th a man was killed when an unmarked police vehicle crashed into him while he was riding his bike on East Capitol Street SE.  While there are few details available at this time, this too is a needless tragedy created by unsafe roads, lack of critical safety infrastructure, and dangerous driving.

According to the ACLU report “Racial Disparities In Stops By The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department: Review Of Five Months Of Data” released in June of this year, while Black people make up only 46% of District residents, a whopping 87% of all police stops where no ticket or citation was issued were of Black people.  By way of comparison, only 14% of stops were of white people who make up 36% of the District population.  Furthermore, this clear and present race-based bias could only be documented after years of ACLU lawsuits against MPD to force compliance with the data reporting provisions of the 2016 NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act.  This uneven distribution of police attention can only lead to understandable resentment and distrust.

We at WABA support the victims and survivors of these crashes. These events are not just “traffic accidents.” They are not just fatal crashes. To the family and friends left behind these are earth-shattering events that upend lives, destroy dreams, and rearrange futures. When communities, despite grief and exhaustion, with no clear path to justice, rise up to say “No more,” we support them. 

MPD has an indisputable record of uneven enforcement rooted in bias and structural racism. This makes an external, thorough, timely, and transparent investigation all the more essential, with families of the victims included at every step of the process. There can be no trust or closure without public consequences for agencies and officers who break their own rules and cause pain and trauma in the very communities they are sworn to serve.

We stand with the many organizations and people calling for a timely, full, and open investigation of these crashes and we add our voices to the growing chorus demanding public accountability and justice for the victims, families, and loved ones who are suffering.

Council Candidate Transportation Forum: Wards 7 & 8

Transportation is a critical election issue in DC. This forum is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates for DC Council in Wards 7 & 8 and hear their ideas in their own words and as face-to-face as current events allow. There will also be time for Q & A from forum participants so please come prepared to share ideas, suggestions, and questions.

Register

This event is strictly for you, the voters, to get information and interact with the candidates. WABA does not endorse any political candidates and all candidates who are on the ballot for Wards 7 & 8 were invited to participate. Confirmed participants as of this writing are as follows:

Ward 7
Vincent Gray
Anthony Lorenzo Green
James Jennings

Ward 8
Stuart Anderson
Nate Derenge
Yaida Ford

Council Candidate Transportation Forum: Wards 2 & 4

Transportation is a critical election issue in DC. This forum is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates for DC Council in Wards 2 & 4 and hear their ideas in their own words and as face-to-face as current events allow. There will also be time for Q & A from forum participants so please come prepared to share ideas, suggestions, and questions.

Register

This event is strictly for you, the voters, to get information and interact with the candidates. WABA does not endorse any political candidates and all candidates who are on the ballot for Wards 2 & 4 were invited to participate. Confirmed participants so far:

Ward 2
Jack Evans
Jordan Grossman
Daniel Hernandez
Patrick Kennedy
Brook Pinto
Kishan Putta
Yillin Zhang

Ward 4
Marlena Edwards
Janeese Lewis George
Perry Redd

DDOT: Don’t Drop the Ball on Bike Lanes!

Last year WABA launched our 20 X 20 campaign, an ambitious plan to add 20 miles of new protected bike lanes in DC. In response, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released their own plans for a faster pace for new protected bicycle infrastructure in the District. While this crisis has rearranged many priorities, we know that our shared goals and campaigns can’t take a break while the world gets sorted out.  To that end, we’re asking you to use your voice to hold DDOT to their commitments to continuing bicycle infrastructure development in the District.

Right now, many people who are considered essential workers are biking and walking to work everyday and the least that we can do is to try to use our voices to make those commutes as safe and stress-free as possible.  Protected bicycle lanes remain a part of the critical infrastructure work that is essential to street safety and to the well-being of all DC commuters.

We support DDOT’s ambitious 2020 goals for developing new bicycle infrastructure in DC and the continued focus on safer streets and sidewalks. We strongly encourage DDOT to remain committed to their stated 2020 plans at this time when commuter transportation and safety is critical to the overall health of so many of our communities.