Rebuilding the Mount Vernon Trail for the 21st Century

The National Park Service has quietly begun the planning process to bring improvements to the venerable, ever-popular, but woefully deteriorating Mount Vernon Trail.  This is a generational opportunity to rehab this vital trail not just back to a state of good repair, but to upgrade it to be a world-class resource able to serve the recreation and transportation needs for regular users and visitors long into the future.

At this point, everything is on the table and NPS wants to know what YOU think trail improvements should look like. Now through January 18, 2023 is the time to submit comments and call for an ambitious vision for a renewed Mount Vernon Trail that prioritizes comfort and safety for all who walk, bike, and roll along its length. Sample comment language below.

send in your thoughts today!

Background:

The National Park Service has kicked off the long process of rehabbing the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mount Vernon Trail with an improvement plan study and environmental assessment (find the project page here). This is a BIG deal. The 17-mile Mount Vernon Trail is one of the region’s most visited recreation destinations as well as a vital and scenic transportation corridor for thousands of area residents. 

It is also exceedingly narrow and often overcrowded; features countless upheaves, hairpin turns, and dangerously slick boardwalks; includes only sporadic amenities and wayfinding; and requires several poorly designed at-grade road crossings. 

The improvement project is our opportunity to address all those issues and more, to rebuild the Mount Vernon Trail as a resilient and truly world-class park resource. The current public comment period is the first and best chance to set the scope and expectations for the future trail. We invite you to share your thoughts with NPS, through the recently-extended deadline on January 18, 2023. 

Below is sample language you can use but feel free to add your own thoughts, ideas, and experiences using the trail. 


SAMPLE COMMENT LANGUAGE

To Whom It May Concern:

I write eagerly in strong support of the National Park Service’s plan to improve the Mount Vernon Trail. With visitor safety and comfort in mind, I strongly encourage NPS to consider the following as it develops its improvement plan and design concepts:

  • Space for all users. NPS’ current recommendation to widen the trail to 10-11’ feet is insufficient for the current volume of users, let alone future projected use as new connections like the Long Bridge open in the future. NPS should develop designs that incorporate a 14’ minimum trail width; where this is untenable due to significant tree loss, NPS should consider separated or braided trails with a total combined width of 14’. In addition to being easier to thread through sensitive environmental areas, separated trails can also be used to segment different trail users, thus reducing conflict. NPS currently has designs for separate bicycle and pedestrian trails at Gravelly Point and should implement such designs there and elsewhere.
  • Bridges and underpasses. Memorial Bridge is a major pinch point and the trail must be widened, either by reclaiming space in the roadbed or by exploring a passage through the abutment. Additionally, while I applaud NPS’ intentions to replace any bicycle/pedestrian bridges at the end of their service life as part of the improvement project, I believe NPS should go further and ensure all bridges and boardwalks are at a minimum redecked/treated to address dangerous slipperiness of the current wooden surfaces when wet. 
  • Trail conditions. As with the bridges and boardwalks, NPS must improve trail conditions when wet. Poor drainage, pooling, and icing are common throughout the trail and all methods of reducing water impacts – including rerouting or raising the trail – should be considered. 
  • Intersections and crossings. NPS should prioritize trail users at every intersection. Suggested improvements include raised crossings and installing speed bumps for approaching cars, rerouting the trail to improve sightlines and crossing angles, and minimizing crossing distances through roadway narrowing. This is particularly needed where the trail crosses the airport ramps and the Dangerfield Island Marina Access Road. Additionally, where the trail runs close to the road, protective barriers and other safety measures should be considered.
  • Signage and amenities. NPS must dramatically improve signage and wayfinding along the entire trail. This should include a trail centerline, emergency contact information, mile markers, maps, and interpretation placards. Dark sky-friendly outdoor lighting should also be considered. As a major destination and scenic transportation corridor, the trail should be easy to navigate and appreciate for all users. 
  • Better connections. While the northern section of the Mount Vernon Trail is fairly limited-access, the southern section is important as a more local recreation (and transportation) resource. As such, ensuring safe and easy connections to the surrounding neighborhoods should be prioritized, especially any crossings of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. In the northern section, improvements to the major intersections like Four Mile Run should also be considered to make use of this resource more accessible to more people without cars.
  • Trail management. The care and upkeep of the trail should not fall so heavily on the work of volunteers. The trail is as vital a resource as the Parkway and its maintenance should be prioritized in the same way, including in the budget process. This should include treating the trail in the winter to ensure the park is accessible year-round for people walking and biking.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing more as this project progresses.

Support Protected Bike Lanes on Old Georgetown Road

On October 17, 2022, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration announced a plan to install 2 miles of protected bike lanes on Old Georgetown Road (MD 187) in North Bethesda between West Cedar Lane and Nicholson Road and narrow driving lanes as part of a regular repaving project. This action is a direct response to mounting calls to redesign this dangerous corridor for bicyclist and pedestrian safety after two tragic crashes killed two young people riding their bikes on the narrow, unmaintained sidewalks. 

While not perfect, this is the right plan for immediate SHA action, which claims space for vulnerable people and creates opportunities for short-term improvement. This plan, being implemented now, still needs vocal support to ensure it sets a positive precedent for SHA action.. Use the form below to show the project team that you support the project, urge SHA leadership to take bold moves to prioritize people biking and walking here and across the County, and thank Delegate Marc Korman and County Councilmember Andrew Friedson for their work pushing for the new protected bike lanes. Read the Oct 17 press release here.

Old Georgetown Road has long been a high speed, overbuilt state highway that has solely prioritized the fast movement of cars through this corridor connecting North Bethesda and downtown Bethesda. Meanwhile, vulnerable road users who walk and bike along this road have been subject to extremely dangerous conditions. In fact, in the past three years, two teenagers have died bicycling in the corridor, using the narrow unbuffered sidewalks that usually have obstacles on them that resulted in knocking both Jacob Cassell in 2019 and Enzo Alvarenga this past Spring into the road and into collisions with oncoming high speed car traffic. Both young men died merely because they were using their bikes to get around.

The community responded strongly after both fatal crashes, organizing a ride with dozens of cyclists to do a Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets ghost bike memorial for Jacob Cassell, and by attending an SHA led walk-through of the road in September. WABA drafted a letter to MDOT SHA calling for protected bike lanes and other safer streets measures, getting other advocacy organizations to sign the letter sent to SHA in September 2022. Crucially, MD State Delegate Marc Korman and County Councilmember Andrew Friedson met frequently with SHA District 3 employees since Spring of 2022, urging SHA to make substantive changes to make Old Georgetown Road safer for everyone using the road.

On September 29, SHA convened a public meeting to announce that as part of its repaving project, they would put in protected bike lanes on a large portion of the MD-187 corridor, that will provide safe walking and biking from NIH to North Bethesda. See the full presentation here.

Rendering of Old Georgetown protected bike lanes

The plan announced on October 17th is a good start, but is just the start. Let’s thank MDOT SHA for moving forward with this plan and thank Delegate Korman and Councilmember Friedson for fighting for improvements to Old Georgetown Road.  At the same time, we should urge MDOT SHA to extend the protected bike lanes all the way to MD-410 and downtown Bethesda, while also lowering the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph, and providing safe crossings every .2 miles.

Map of proposed new protected bike lanes in Purple. Existing protected bike lanes in Green. Future bike lanes in Blue.

Four local organizations who received WABA community grants!

In the summer 2022, WABA launched a small grants program to fund community initiatives that align with WABA’s mission, vision, and values. We awarded funds to support the work of several organizations around the District. Here are some of the organizations and opportunities you may seen or heard of over the past few months:

  • DCFSS
  • PrimeAbility 
  • Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Girls in Gear

DC Families for Safe Streets DC Families for Safe Streets posted 35 signs to call attention to where fatal and serious crashes have occurred in the District in 2022, with support from WABA. This work was undertaken in advance of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Families of traffic crash victims, road safety advocates, and community members commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with signs honoring loved ones who were killed or seriously injured due to traffic crashes. Check out the map of all the locations where signs were installed across all eight wards.

Crash sign installed in November 2022 as a part of World Day of Remembrance. (Ward 1: 18th Street & Florida Avenue NW)

Prime Ability NICA Mountain Biking Team

During the pandemic while students were learning virtually, Health & PE teacher Alex Clark at Dunbar High School raised funds to purchase bicycles and helmets to start a biking program for his students. The program quickly turned into a movement, but it started with organizing a community ride and enabling students to sign up and check out a bike to ride for the day. The program now has a mountain biking team, and WABA’s support helped them compete in the Maryland NICA league (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) this fall. Prime Ability’s team is the  first all-Black youth team in the league. This fall, they also started a “bike mechanically” program at the school to teach students how to become future bike assemblers and aim to give each and every student the opportunity to choose what path in the bike industry fits them best. Check out this story about the amazing resilience and determination from a young man on their mountain biking team.

Students at Dunbar High school practicing skills learned through their bike mechanic program. 

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens 

On November 6th, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens hosted their Sunday Funday, where organizations from across Ward 7 came together to learn more about the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, what they do, and how their work helps to better Ward 7 and the greater community. In collaboration with WABA’s DC Trail Rangers, they created a park-wide scavenger hunt for youth and adults to explore the park in search of birds, beavers, and much more! Attendees enjoyed the park on a fun-filled fall day, including indulging in free ice cream and using a 360° camera. The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens want to continue to reach out to our park neighbors and provide them with more opportunities like this to engage with us and deepen their connection to the park. Check out this blog post to read more about the FoKAG Sunday Funday!

WABA’s DC Trail Rangers pictured with organizations from across Ward 7 at the FoKAG Sunday Funday event

Girls in Gear (Arlington) 

Girls in Gear teaches life skills through bike skills. Their curriculum uses bicycling as a platform for promoting social-emotional wellness; introducing participants to the joy of safe cycling while creating a supportive environment that fosters personal growth. The WABA grant supported 30 riders and 13 coaches this fall season by providing funds to cover scholarship needs. 24% of participants received a scholarship in the form of program registration, a bike, and/or a helmet. Funds also went towards in-person coach training at Phoenix Bikes, program supplies for each site, and CPR + First-Aid training for new volunteers. Check out their website if you would like to learn more, get involved or support their work. 

A participant of Girls Gear getting creative with chalk during one of their fall clinics. 

WE’RE HIRING: Maryland Organizer 

Can you turn enthusiasm into action? Do you love connecting people to their power? Do you have experience working with coalitions to win legislative and budget victories?

WABA is looking for a Maryland Organizer. This is a one-year position to accelerate our efforts to make Maryland’s streets safer for all road users. 

Position Overview

The Maryland Organizer will advocate for safer State roads for people biking and walking in Maryland. The Maryland Organizer will work with coalition partners to build political pressure and critical state-level relationships in the executive branch in addition to the legislature to win a reimagined network of bikeable, walkable state roads in MD.

The Maryland Organizer will be part of WABA’s supportive and collaborative Advocacy Team, and report directly to the Advocacy Director. The WABA Advocacy team includes: the Advocacy Director, Organizing Manager, the Trails Coalition Manager and Trails Coalition Coordinator, a volunteer organizer, and the Vision Zero Campaign Manager. 

Maryland Organizer Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with advocates and other community coalitions in Maryland to build deep support among state-level elected officials for bikeable, walkable State roads in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County;
  • Build a neatly-packaged Montgomery County infrastructure and funding proposal for advocates and elected officials to rally around. This will include:
    • Evaluating the existing state roads against Montgomery county’s crash risk rubric; 
    • Identifying key corridors in Montgomery County for improvement (certainly to include MD-190 (River Road), MD-97 (Georgia Avenue), MD-650 (New Hampshire Road), MD-185 (Connecticut Avenue), for example); 
    • Defining appropriate and feasible countermeasures, such as narrowing travel lanes for motor vehicles, lowering speed limits, widening sidewalks, and installing cement-protected bike lanes;
    • Identifying potential funding sources at the state, county and Federal levels for such countermeasures/infrastructure on state roads.
  • Educate individual community advocates and community leaders on key issues through community meetings, walking tours, and bike rides in Montgomery County and  Prince George’s County; 
  • Support the expansion of WABA’s grassroots organizing work in Prince George’s County, where traffic fatalities outpace much of the region.
  • Cultivate new supporters in Maryland through grassroots outreach and coalition building;
  • Communicate and build relationships with relevant local and regional press members to ensure coverage of transit issues in news media;
  • Draft compelling action alerts, blog posts, and campaign materials;
  • Coordinate action alerts, blog posts and other campaign communications;

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

(Consider applying if you meet 75% of these requirements) The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience or background in the following:

Core Skills:

  • 2-3 years of experience in advocacy, community organizing, and/or political campaigns
  • Event planning
  • Manage projects from start to finish
  • Experience building and maintaining diverse coalitions or direct experience working with underserved communities
  • Commitment to equity and social justice
  • Familiarity with the legislative process, particularly at the county and state in Maryland
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Technological fluency. The organizer will create and maintain spreadsheets, run reports, and communicate with our members and the public via a myriad of online organizing tools, including WordPress and Salesforce. The advocacy team uses Google office tools (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office tools to collaborate on work.

Useful Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with safe streets issues in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County strongly preferred
  • Experience engaging and navigating government agencies
  • Applying creative thinking to organizing 
  • Ability to quickly digest and distill complicated information
  • Comfort speaking in front of large groups, leading meetings, and working with diverse stakeholders

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 12-month position with a monthly salary of $4,333. The position may be extended, depending on further funding. Benefits include employer covered health/dental insurance, generous flex and comp time policy, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, and fun working environment.

The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC area — while the majority of our staff are working remotely, this position will require attending some in-person events. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

WABA requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. DC grant funded staff must comply with Mayor’s Order 2021-147, section VI, part 2, or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

About WABA

WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

Visit our about page to read about our values, theory of change and more.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to Jeremiah Lowery at jobs@waba.org with “Maryland Organizer” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand your suitability for the role, how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, January 6th, 2022. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

Request for Proposals – Promotional Photography

Organizational Background:

WABA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC that empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around. Since 1972, WABA has put justice at the forefront of engaging with local advocates and community members, empowering them to take action on the transportation issues pertinent to their communities. The results seek to broaden public support for bicycling and just transportation as a way to care for the people and the environment, to conserve resources and evolve thoughtfully.

Project Overview:

Until now, in our 50-year-history, we’ve relied primarily on volunteer photographers and our overburdened staff to maintain a photo library, which the organization uses for a plethora of purposes, including promotional emails and printed materials. 

WABA is commissioning a photographer to recruit a diverse selection of Black and brown folks, and capture photos of them riding bikes–in order to refresh our library of promotional images. When WABA and its membership talk about a just transportation system, we are talking about transportation equity. In an equitable transportation system, your identity and experience—your race, gender, or ability; how much money you have, and where you live—don’t affect whether you can use safe, comfortable multimodal transportation options. The photos should reflect these varying experiences of moving through the Washington, DC region. The goal is for community members and WABA supporters to feel reflected in the promotional images used for external communication such as promo emails for events, advocacy actions, and printed materials.

Qualifications:

  • Experience photographing people and movement (experience with portrait, sports, and street photography genres is especially welcome)
  • Proficiency with professional camera equipment including shooting in RAW and ability to provide a clean, colorful editing style in line with WABA’s current image library and brand.

We are open to a variety of experience levels, backgrounds, and approaches, as long as you are able to provide the finished product that we are looking for.

Scope:

We are seeking approximately 50 photos to promote events, classes, trails, and general family biking. They should have a candid energy that communicates fun recreation and transportation. We would like to capture as many locations in the region as possible, but have a specific budget of $10,000. We would also like the photos to reflect the diversity of our membership and the region as a whole. For this project that involves photographing Black families and individuals enjoying regional trails and protected bike lanes.

We envision two shoots, one on trails and one on a protected bike lane (PBL). The trail shoot would take place in the afternoon, on Marvin Gaye trail with a Black or interracial family on hybrid bikes. Bonus if other types of family-biking equipment is captured: electric cargo bikes, bike trailers, young children on balance bikes.

The PBL shoot will take place in one of DC’s major bike lanes (not in NW). This would take place in the morning, in order to capture commuters making use of the PBLs.  

In both shoots, we would like to showcase the widest possible age range and represent different types of bikes (we are happy to consult on this matter). We would like to leave the actual recruitment process up to the photographer and require the exclusive copyright of the finished photos. 

Finally, we would prefer for this to be completed by the end of this calendar year (CY 2022). This is an ongoing project, so feel free to pitch on one or both shoots. Include a price per shoot so that we can budget more for next year. 
Submit proposals to jonathan.kincade@waba.org by November 18, 2022. Feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions.

Riding in the Fall Webinar

Join the Bike Ambassadors as they share tips for cycling in autumn to keep you enjoying your ride through the cooling season. The Bike Ambassadors will discuss how to ride safely in autumn weather. We will talk about fall riding gear, bicycle accessories and what to look out for on the road or trail. Bike Ambassadors seek to provide helpful information and resources to ensure everyone is riding safely, so join us to learn and share ways that can help everyone continue to bike during the fall.

Register!

Advocacy Team Happy Hour

Join WABA’s advocacy team is hosting a social happy hour to celebrate some of our campaign successes this year and give a toast to the folks who made it happen: volunteers like you! 

There will be pizza and drinks available to purchase. Come and hang with our team as we close out the year and be among our community volunteers and supporters!

The Montgomery County Planning Board needs supporters of active transportation!

As you may have heard, the County Council obtained the resignation of all five members of the Montgomery Planning Board on October 12, 2022. Regardless of how the County got here, Montgomery County needs new Board Members to guide and oversee development, planning, transportation, and parks. I want to encourage WABA supporters to seize on this opportunity to continue the support for active transportation and smart growth championed by the Board over the past 11 years.

I urge you to consider applying for the five interim positions, including that of interim Chair, that are open. You may do so by submitting an application expressing interest, including a resume (no more than 4 pages) listing professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers, and an email address, sent to: Council President Gabe Albornoz and emailed to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov. The deadline is tomorrow October 18, 2022 no later than 5:00pm.

WABA is also sending a letter to the Council encouraging them to appoint supporters of active transportation and smart growth policies.You can help maintain the progressive policies of the Planning Board by applying for the open positions.

Tell the National Zoo to extend the Loop Trail hours of operation!

On Friday, October 7th, the National Park Service opened the new Zoo Loop Bridge and reopened the rehabilitated Zoo Loop Trail to the public. This key segment of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail allows users to bypass the dangerously narrow sidewalk through the Beach Drive/Zoo Tunnel and marks the end of NPS’ years-long effort to widen, repave, and generally improve this ever-popular and heavily-used trail. Hooray!

One major catch: the Zoo Loop Trail will be operated by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and only be open during the Zoo’s hours from 7AM to 5PM. This important trail connection will therefore be largely inaccessible for afternoon commutes and evening use. The trail must be kept open later—if not at all times.

Tell the National Zoo to expand the hours of operation!

On Friday, October 7th, the National Park Service opened the new Zoo Loop Bridge and reopened the rehabilitated Zoo Loop Trail to the public. This key segment of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail allows users to bypass the dangerously narrow sidewalk through the Beach Drive/Zoo Tunnel and marks the end of NPS’ years-long effort to widen, repave, and generally improve this ever-popular and heavily-used trail. 

We are so excited to see this segment reopened for the first time since 2018, and especially heartened by the improved safety the new bike and pedestrian bridge will provide to users by offering an alternative to the current tunnel route. Rock Creek Park and its miles of trails are a critical resource for transportation and recreation, a fact made clear by the huge increase in use during the darkest days of the Covid-19 lockdown. We commend NPS and DDOT for their work making this vital space more accessible and inviting. 

Unfortunately, this new segment will have some major restrictions, as it did prior to reconstruction. Being situated on property owned by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo means the trail abides by the Zoo’s hours of operations – 7AM to 5PM. This will severely curtail the trail’s utility for commuters in the early morning and late afternoon, as well as for folks running, walking, and rolling for recreation. 

Worse, the closure will route vulnerable road users away from the purpose-built bike/pedestrian bridge and back onto the dangerously narrow side path through the Beach Drive/Zoo Tunnel. And it will do so at exactly the times – dusk/dawn and at night – that people on foot and on bike can be most difficult to see and most at risk of being struck by a person in a vehicle.

A beautiful but barred trail has little benefit for residents or for the District’s goals around active transportation and recreation. We therefore encourage folks to speak out and urge Delegate Holmes Norton and Zoo officials to strike up a fresh negotiation towards a resolution that puts trail users’ needs first. Tell the National Zoo to expand access after hours to ensure trails through largely public spaces remain accessible to all.

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. 

Grab a slot at my Advocate Office Hours to dig into an issue, find opportunities to get involved in a campaign, or plot the first steps of your own. Sign up for office hours here.