Budget cuts in Montgomery County will hurt trails

Trails in Montgomery County need your voice- ASAP! The County Executive’s budget recommends a $4.3 million decrease from the Planning Board’s proposed budget. Yikes. This means that Montgomery County wouldn’t be able to maintain and repair major portions of our trail system. That is not OK. Tell Montgomery County Council to restore funding for Montgomery Parks in the County’s FY18 budget! Email county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov or the councilmembers individual email addresses, which are listed here. We’re racing the clock on this one, so get your comment in by tomorrow, May 16. Don’t know what exactly to say? Here is some sample content: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2017/05/Advocate-for-Montgomery-Parks.pdf The Parks Department has found a way to absorb $2.6 million through careful belt tightening or through other funding sources. However, the department still needs $1.7 million of this funding request restored to continue to provide quality services for those who ride! Find more information and contact Montgomery County Council, here: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/support/advocacy/ Will you take action to ensure Montgomery Parks has the resources to take care of the trails we love?

Can we have a protected bike lane yet?

Ten percent of all trips originating in the Shaw neighborhood are by bicycle. That is more than double the average bicycle mode share for the District. Yet, the best corridors for getting to destinations north and south of Shaw are streets with multiple lanes, high speeds, and aggressive driving. Safe places for people to bike are sorely needed throughout the city, and Shaw is no exception. And when streets are safe for bicyclists, they are safer for pedestrians and motorists. Last year, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) went through a lengthy public comment process to select a preferred alternative out of four possible streets for a protected north/south bike lane through Shaw. Thousands of citizens participated, and the majority spoke up in favor of bike lanes on 6th or 9th streets NW. According to the project timeline, a preferred alternative for this project was supposed to have been selected a full year ago— in April 2016. In February 2017, fully ten months past that deadline, DDOT announced that, rather than selecting just one of the alternatives, they were moving two alternatives to 30% design, a process that it says could take up to 9 months. Final design and construction of the selected alternative could take another 12 to 18 months.

Take Action

DC is a city that has committed to completely eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, all while increasing the number of people who walk, bike and take transit, and accommodating an influx of 800+ new residents every month who need transit options other than their personal automobiles to get around. Yet important projects like this one, which would help accomplish all of those goals, are being slow-walked to the finish line, if not in danger of being scrapped entirely. In the time it has taken DDOT to issue a “final” report on the initial study, more than 19 people were hurt in crashes in the study area. (We don’t know the actual number because crash data has only been made publicly available through May of 2016). This is unacceptable. Can we wait until the Summer of 2019 for a safe route through Shaw?

Take Action

We need this project to be built on a faster timeline than what DDOT is projecting, or hundreds of other people could get hurt while the city delays. Or, we need DDOT to build both of the final alternatives currently moving to 30% design, not just one. Both 6th and 9th streets are dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. People need to travel to locations on both. A protected bike lane on 6th St may give bicyclists a safe place to ride, but doesn’t make 9th street easier for elementary school kids or senior citizens to cross, or calm traffic for neighbors, and vice versa. Street calming and safe places to bicycle through Shaw will induce DC residents to take more of their trips and commutes by foot and bike. Making the streets more hospitable for pedestrians and bicyclists will help local businesses and improve health outcomes for residents. And, incidentally, it would help DDOT start to catch up on the five miles of protected bike lanes each year they need to build to meet their 20 year goals. (They have been nowhere near that target in the past three years.)

Tell Mayor Bowser: No more delays. Build protected bike lanes through Shaw. Build both final alternatives. Build them faster than currently planned.

Advocacy Training: Construction Permits, Bike Lanes, and Safe Accommodations

 

Tired of seeing bike lanes closed by construction?

You may have noticed . . . the bike lanes we’ve advocated so hard for over the years are frequently closed or unusable because of construction, road maintenance, and utility work. DC law requires that when a bike lane is closed for construction, an equally safe accommodation, free of hazards and debris, must be provided. This has been the law since 2013. Unfortunately, we know from experience that violations occur around the city on a daily basis. This has real consequences. Closing a bike lane— especially without warning— forces bicyclists to quickly merge into a shared traffic lane with motor vehicles, putting bicyclists in danger, upsetting drivers, and discouraging less confident bicyclists from riding at all. The District is experiencing a construction boom with no end in sight. Bicycling is more popular than ever. It is essential that the city do all it can to keep bicyclists safe where construction impacts bike infrastructure. If the past 4 years are any indication, that won’t happen without advocacy. Will you help? On Wednesday, we’re hosting a training where you can learn more about the safe accommodations law, how to identify and report violations, and other ways to advocate for short and long term solutions to the problem. Sign up here. What: Advocacy training Where: WABA headquarters: 2599 Ontario Rd NW, Washington DC 20009 Date: April 12, 2017 Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Hope to see you there.

March Roundup

A ghost bike memorializes Frank Towers at the intersection of Viers Mill Road and the Matthew Henson Trail.


Progress on safe crossings in Maryland:

After more than a year of advocacy, the Maryland State Highway Administration (“SHA”) has at last announced plans to install a signal at the Veirs Mill and Matthew Henson trail crossing in Montgomery County where, in the past two years, at least four bicyclists have been hit and two of those killed. SHA traffic engineers have long opposed pleas from advocates and elected leaders to install a HAWK signal at the crossing, claiming they were not permitted under Maryland law, and would confuse drivers. With legislation pending in Annapolis that would clearly allow the use of HAWK signals, used commonly throughout the US, including in DC and Virginia, SHA now says it is seeking approval from the Federal Highway Administration to use a modified version of the HAWK signal in Maryland. 

Bike Laws and Policies

Virginia Legislative Session: Governor McAuliffe approved the highway maintenance funding bill! Now, cities and towns that want to convert motor vehicle lane miles into bike lanes will not have their highway maintenance payments reduced. This eliminates a financial deterrent for localities that want to do road diets and other street safety improvements that help bicyclists. The law goes into effect July 1, 2017. Maryland Legislative Session: As the session winds down, four bike related bills remain under consideration in the Maryland Legislature. Read more and take action. Alexandria City Commits to Vision Zero The city of Alexandria has committed to reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2028. City officials are working on an action plan for how they will accomplish this goal. Read more. DC Vision Zero Regulations The DC Council’s committee on Transportation and Environment held a public roundtable on the city’s second draft of Vision Zero Regulations.  The current proposal decreased the fines for driving infractions and created new infractions and increased fines for bicyclists and pedestrians. You can read our testimony here. District Council Oversight Hearings WABA presented testimony at the oversight hearings for the Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Transportation. (Click the links to read our comments.)

Low-Stress Bike Network

NPS is updating the Anacostia Park Management plan National Park Service is accepting comments about its management plan for Anacostia Park, 1100+ acres along the banks of the Anacostia River. The park includes Poplar Point, Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Langston Golf Course, and James Creek Marina. The deadline for comments is Friday March 31. Read more and take action. Arlington County proposes bike lanes on Washington Boulevard  Earlier this month, Arlington County staff showed off plans for proposed bike lanes on Washington Boulevard between Mckinley Rd and Sycamore St in Westover.  The new lanes could provide a much needed link in the bicycle network, allowing more people to bike between the East Falls Church Metro and the shops, restaurants, school and community center in Westover. Read more. The plan for Florida Ave is better, but there’s plenty of room for improvement The 30% design plans for the Florida Avenue NE Multimodal Transportation Project are an improvement to the recommendations released last year. DDOT has included a new two-way protected bikeway between 2nd St and West Virginia Ave. However, the plan still leaves many challenging conflict points and safety issues unresolved, particularly east of West Virginia Ave. Read more. Arlington considers cuts to trail snow removal, trail lights, and more

Thanks to the advocacy of WABA members and the leadership of the County Board, Arlington treats 10 miles of county trails at the same snow removal priority and response time as primary arterial streets. Unfortunately, funding for this cherished plowing initiative is under threat. Read more and take action.


Looking ahead:

We’re hosting a sold-out, wait-list-only Vision Zero Summit on Friday, March 31st.  Regional policymakers, transportation professionals, law enforcement, advocates, and other key stakeholders will convene to discuss how to bring traffic deaths and serious injuries in the Washington region to zero. See our summit page for more details. Safe Accommodations Training: Is construction on your bike route shutting down your bike lane? Learn how to find out if it’s legal, and what to do if it’s not. This training is specifically about DC laws and infrastructure.
  • April 12, 6:30-8:30pm, WABA headquarters. More info.
What to do After a Crash workshop: Do you know what to do in the event you’re in a bike crash? Bruce Deming, The Bike Lawyer, will talk about bike laws in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and how to take care of yourself—physically and legally—if you are in a crash. Vision Zero Workshops: Learn about the Vision Zero initiative and how to help make your neighborhood streets safer.
  • Make the intersection of MLK and Good Hope Rd SE safer! April 15, Anacostia Public Library. More info. 
  • Make the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and Albermarle St NW safer! April 27, Tenley-Friendship Library. More info.
Make bicycling better in YOUR neighborhood – Join an Action Committee!
WABA is working to bring advocates together in our local jurisdictions to further our mission of a more bikeable region. Our Action Committees empower residents with the tools, training and support needed to win campaigns for better biking infrastructure, policies, and programs. Read more.

Public Meeting Calendar:

Alexandria Vision Zero Community Workshops 
  • April 10  7:00 – 9:00 PM, Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W Reed Avenue
  • April 12  7:00 – 9:00 PM, William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue
  • April 26  7:00 – 9:00 PM, TC Williams Rotunda, 3330 King Street
W&OD Trail
    • Bridge Planning Workshop – April 5 6:00 – 8:00pm Yorktown High School,  5200 Yorktown Boulevard, Arlington Hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation to gather input from the public on bridge options and design details for the W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over Lee Highway.
 
  • Benjamin Banneker Park Project meeting –  April 4th, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Tuckahoe Elementary School Cafeteria, 6550 N. 26th Street, Arlington, VA. This project will redesign and reconstruct the W&OD Trail through Benjamin Banneker Park.
Fairfax County Street Design Improvements 
  • April 5 – Woodford Road (Providence District) More info.
  • Hunter Mill Street: Comments Due March 31. More info.
NoMa Green Community Meeting – April 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First Street NE, DC
The NoMa Parks Foundation is hosting a meeting to discus the design of the future “NoMa Green,” a park planned along the Met Branch Trail near R St. NE. The park may include changes to the trail, including removal of the Z curve at R St. Attend to learn more about the park and weigh in on the designs. RSVP here.

 


WABA in the News

Md. bill would ticket drivers who block 4-way intersections WTOP – February 22, 2017 Drivers who enter an intersection but fail to cross it by the time the light turns red would be subject to a ticket and fine under a “don’t block the box” bill. Is Maryland Sacrificing Safety to Shorter Commute Times? WAMU – March 13, 2017 Pedestrian and bicycling safety advocates are charging Maryland lawmakers and state transportation officials with putting motorists’ convenience over public safety after legislation aimed at making it easier to cross busy state highways died in a legislative committee last week. Possibility of Passage Dims for for State Bill Calling for Pedestrian Traffic Beacons Bethesda Beat –  March 17, 2017 A state Senate committee voted against a proposal that would have enabled transportation officials to add a new type of pedestrian signals to Maryland’s roads.

Bicyclists Claim A Win As Maryland Promises Signals At Two Dangerous Intersections

WAMU – March 28, 2017

A pedestrian beacon will be installed at the scene of two fatal car-into-bike collisions in Montgomery County: the intersection of Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) and Turkey Branch Parkway, also known as the Matthew Henson Trail.

Update- Maryland Legislation

As the session winds down, four bike bills remain under consideration in the Maryland Legislature. HB332 – a bill that would give Montgomery County the authority to lower speed limits beneath what is currently authorized by state law passed the House and will be considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 3oth. HB1079 – An ill-considered bill that would give localities the authority to create additional penalties for pedestrians crossing outside a crosswalk will be taken up by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 30th.  Our allies at Bikemore in Baltimore did a great writeup of the issue. Read about why we oppose this bill and take action to keep it from passing here. (Maryland residents only). HB997 – A bill to explicitly provide that where bicyclists are lawfully using the sidewalk, they have the same legal protections and responsibilities as pedestrians will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee on March 3oth. HB 578 – a bill to clarify that Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (HAWK signals) may be used in Maryland, passed the House, but may not make it through the Senate before session ends this year. Read more and take action here. (Maryland residents only).

Legislation to watch in Virginia this session

These are the bills we’re supporting in Virginia in the 2017 legislative session. We’ll keep you posted as the session progresses.

Bicycle lane; penalty for driver to pass another vehicle using lane –  SB 1338 

Prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from using a bicycle lane to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle.

Highway maintenance funding –  HB 2023

Provides that cities and towns that receive highway maintenance payments from the Commonwealth based on moving-lane-miles of highway will not have their payments reduced if moving-lane miles of highway are converted to bicycle-only lanes.

Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty –  SB 860 

Expands the prohibition of using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle to all communications unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice and hands-free operation and the device is being used in that manner. (Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating.) The bill expands the exemptions to include devices that are used for navigation or generating audio transmissions if the device is physically mounted to the vehicle. The bill provides that any violation of this prohibition that occurs at the same time as an additional traffic offense, or if the violation results in an accident, is punishable as reckless driving. Current law provides that a violation of this prohibition is punishable as a traffic infraction only.

Handheld personal communications devices; use of devices in highway work zones –  HB 1606

Prohibits any person from texting or otherwise using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle in a highway work zone, defined in the bill, when workers are present.

Careless driving; cause of injury to vulnerable road user – SB 1339

Provides that a person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and is the proximate cause of serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user, defined in the bill as a pedestrian or person riding a bicycle, electric wheelchair, electric bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, skates, foot-scooter, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle, is guilty of a traffic infraction.

Maryland Bike Legislation to watch in 2017

A ghost bike memorializes Frank Towers at the intersection of Viers Mill Road and the Matthew Henson Trail.

The Maryland State legislative session is in full swing.  Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re working on:

Legalizing HAWK signals in Maryland- SB 338

The State Highway Administration has consistently rejected requests by localities to install pedestrian hybrid beacons (or “HAWK” signals) in areas where the traffic volume does not warrant a full signal.  This bill explicitly permits the use of HAWK signals and specifies the responsibilities of road users when approaching them. HAWK signals are vastly better than the current treatments available at crossings of state roads in Maryland. Rather than merely flashing yellow as a warning at crossings, HAWK signals have a solid red phase to make traffic come to a complete stop, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to cross safely. The right to bicycle through crosswalks – SB 337 This bill clarifies the rights of bicyclists to ride through crosswalks. In December 2015, 19 year old Frank Towers was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in the crosswalk at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway. A judge acquitted the driver who killed Towers under the rationale that Towers was riding the bike, instead of walking it, in the crosswalk, and was therefore not protected by the same law that protects pedestrians and people in wheelchairs. This bill also clarifies that drivers must stop for pedestrians waiting at the street corner or median to cross, changing the requirement that the person wishing to cross must step into the traffic lane to trigger the right of way.  There are many roads in Maryland that are so busy that to wait until a break in traffic to legally cross means a very long wait.

I support these bills

  Lowering speed limits in Montgomery County –  HB 337 and HB 332 Speed reduction is one of the most important tools in the toolbox for making streets safer for all road users, especially those who are most vulnerable in a crash: bicyclists, pedestrians, the mobility impaired, elderly, and children. These two bills empower Montgomery County to set speed limits lower than the statutory minimum, giving the County more control over its streets and more options for saving lives as it pulls together its Vision Zero Action Plan. Currently, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (“MCDOT”) is not permitted by law to post speeds below 25 mph.  HB 337 would lower the default, statutory speed on undivided residential roads from 30 mph to 25 mph where the speed limit has not been altered and posted by MCDOT.  HB 332 would allow MCDOT to reduce speeds on these roads as low as 20 mph after doing a speed study.  County planning staff have indicated that this change, particularly the ability to go to 20 mph, would dovetail nicely with the creation of a neighborhood greenway, also known as a bike boulevard, which is being contemplated for some streets in the County’s Bike Master Plan. Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways –  SB 142 The task force will take a comprehensive look at what we need to make our state highways safer, and will include a broad variety of stakeholders, including the Motor Vehicle Administration, State Highway administration, bicycle advocates, Maryland state delegates and senators, representatives from the insurance and motor vehicle industry, and more.

I support these bills

 

SHOW UP!

The public hearing for the HAWK and Crosswalk bills is next Tuesday, February 7th at 1pm in Annapolis.  Bike Maryland is organizing a press conference at 12:30pm. If you are available and willing to present testimony, please let us know. Each person is allowed to speak for 3 minutes. We can help you with your testimony and answer any questions you may have about the bills. Contact advocacy@waba.org.

Here is a link to the Judicial Proceedings Committee guidelines for presenting testimony.

Is Mayor Bowser delaying the Shaw protected bike lane?

Biking on 6th St NW: Currently a stressful experience.

Last fall, WABA members and supporters submitted thousands of comments to Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation  in support of building a protected bike lane through Shaw to downtown. Eleven local businesses in Shaw signed on to a letter of support for the project, and nearly 100 residents took the time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in February to show up in person to the project’s public meeting to demonstrate support and present testimony on what being able to ride around Shaw on a protected bike lane would mean to them.  Sources tell us that DDOT has recommended one of the four build alternatives and is ready to move forward, but the project has been sitting in the Mayor’s office waiting for a green light.  The original timeline for selecting a preferred alternative for the project was April 2016.   DDOT and the project study team should be commended for the thorough technical analysis and extensive community outreach that went into this project. The four build alternatives that have been presented to the public represent a more than fair compromise by maintaining up to 95% of on-street residential and Sunday church parking spots, minimizing impacts to traffic, and installing critical pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. DDOT is recommending a win-win-win.   The reality is that travel through the Shaw corridor is not as safe as it could or should be. In 2014 alone, 49 people were struck by vehicles while walking and biking along streets in the bike lane project study area. In 2015, 25 people were struck by vehicles on 6th and 9th St. In the first six months of 2016 (the period for which crash data is available), 19 people were struck by vehicles on those streets. These figures represent only those incidents that were reported to police and caused injury, so presumably the actual crash rate is much higher. Even with the Mayor’s immediate approval of the Eastern Downtown protected bike lane preferred alternative, it would still take up to a year of additional design, engineering, and construction planning before the bike lanes could be built. As the crash statistics above clearly show, people are regularly coming to harm on these streets. This is preventable and we cannot afford further delays.

WABA has sent a formal letter to Mayor Bowser requesting that she allow the Eastern Downtown project to move forward. You can read the letter here. If you would like to add your voice, please contact the Mayor and tell her that we have waited long enough for safe streets in Shaw.

Here is some contact information for Mayor Bowser:

Email: eom@dc.gov

Twitter: @MayorBowser

Facebook: MayorMurielBowser

 

November Advocacy Roundup

Mayor Bowser Signs the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act.

Mayor Bowser Signs the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act.

Bike Laws and Policies

Mayor Bowser Signed the Contributory Negligence Bill

On October 13, Mayor Bowser, Councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Grosso, and Elissa Silverman, DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo, and some of our favorite WABA members joined us for a very special member Happy Hour—to witness and celebrate the public signing of the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act. Read more…

Oversight Roundtable on the Provision of 911 Services in DC

The DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary held a public oversight roundtable to examine the provision of  911 services in the District. WABA submitted testimony raising ongoing concerns about the dispatch system’s ability to respond to emergencies reported from bike trails. Read our full testimony here.

Low-Stress Bike Network

Capital Trails Coalition Goes Public

The announcement ceremony for the Capital Trails Coalition, of which WABA is a founding member, was held October 13th. Speakers included Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va), multiple National Park Service leaders, a representative from REI, and transportation leaders from Maryland and DC, who lauded the collaboration the Coalition is fostering to connect the region’s trail network. Read more…

Bethesda Downtown Master Plan

Montgomery County Council held a final round of hearings on the updated Bethesda Downtown Master Plan. The plan is a long term guide to future land use, parks and transportation, and includes an impressive network of protected bike lanes, trail access improvements, and standard bike lanes. Read our full testimony here.

Public Scoping for North George Washington Memorial Parkway

The National Park service is in the early stages of an Environmental Assessment for reconstruction of a significant portion of the northern George Washington Parkway. This is an important opportunity to consider how the parkway and the land around it could better accommodate and ensure the safety of people biking and walking. Read our full comments here.

Long Bridge Study Phase II

DDOT is exploring options to replace the century-old Long Bridge, which carries freight and passenger rail from Northern Virginia into downtown DC. Though the study’s scope is currently focused only on expanding the number of railroad tracks across the Potomac river, we made the case for including a high quality bike and pedestrian trail on the new bridge. Read our full comments here.

15th St. NW protected bike lane extension

DDOT just finished work on a short extension to the 15th St. protected bike lane, including a terrific fix for what was a dangerous intersection. Read more…

Georgetown Boathouse Zone Environmental Assessment

National Park Service  is examining sites along the Georgetown waterfront for development of a number of boathouses near the southern terminus of the Capital Crescent Trail. The project will affect bicycle traffic in and around that area. The timing of the project aligns with work that DDOT and Georgetown BID are doing to improve the K/Water Street corridor, which includes a protected bike lane to connect the Capital Crescent Trail with the Rock Creek Park Trail. Read our full comments here.

Oxon Cove Hiker-Biker Trail Environmental Assessment

National Park Service, in cooperation with DDOT, is proposing to construct a multi-use hiker-biker trail in Oxon Cove Park in SE DC. We urged the agencies to create a seamless connection between the future South Capitol Street Trail and the proposed new trail. Read our full comments here.

Trainings and Resources

Virginia Advocacy Training

Want to learn how to be an effective bike advocate in Virginia? Register for the Virginia Advocacy training, which will take place on Saturday, November 19th. Read more…

Traffic Calming 101

Traffic calming is a term used to refer to the variety of strategies traffic planners employ to make streets safer for vulnerable users— like pedestrians, bicyclists, children, the elderly, and the mobility-impaired. But what does it mean, exactly? Read more…

WABA in the News

Mayor Bowser Signs #FixContrib bill at WABA Happy Hour

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   On October 13, Mayor Bowser, Councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Grosso, and Elissa Silverman, DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo, and some of our favorite WABA members joined us for a very special member Happy Hour—to witness and celebrate the public signing of the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act. Councilmember Cheh: “We’ve been trying to get a bill like this passed for a long time. We’re here to celebrate the effort that was put in by everybody to make that happen. This is a bill that provides a system of fair compensation. We know that bicyclists and pedestrians are at such great risk if they are hit by a car and yet they were often shut out of any recovery, it was just unjust! This is and should be seen as part of the overall Vision Zero work that is going on. At the end of the day, we want the District of Columbia to be safe for all users.” Councilmember Grosso: “The work the WABA does is so important for the District of Columbia. Their advocacy work down at the Council is what made this bill actually happen.  And it was not easy.  It was a long haul for 2 & ½ or so years. Normally we’re way ahead and people are asking us to slow down, but on this one there’s only three jurisdictions that hadn’t moved to this legal paradigm. I look forward to continuing to work with WABA to expand all our protected bike lanes throughout the heart of our city, around the perimeter.” Councilmember Silverman: “I’m here on behalf of the cycling Councilmembers. This bill provides fairness and access to the courts for cyclists and pedestrians who are in a crash. There has been a lot of effort by this administration to build bicycle infrastructure, to get people out of their cars and make this a city that truly is walkable and bikeable and safe for all.   My WABA membership card is at my desk for every time Greg [Billing, Executive Director] comes around. I just show it to him and say, I’m with you!”   Mayor Bowser: “We have made the case to public officials and to the public that biking is great for recreation, but it is also a viable commute option. When we think about where our city is right now, we know we can’t just have have car only options, that we have to make our network support everybody and we need more people riding their bikes. But we’ve picked a lot of the low-hanging fruit. The things we have  to do now to speed up and have more bicycle lanes and fix our trails, this is the tough lifting that we have to do. I’m happy to have the Council so focused on this as a partner. We’re focused on this as well. We also have a challenge ahead of us. WABA, you’re the leader of the pack. We need you to keep working hard, keep challenging us with great ideas, keep advocating for more funding, keep going out to neighborhoods and educating the public. We need your help with that. Because people won’t fight us if they are with us from the beginning. And you can help with that.” Watch a video of the entire event and check out more photos below:   The signed Act is now under Congressional Review. Its projected law date is December 16, 2016.