April Low Stress Network Updates

There’s a sweet flowery scent floating in the air around DC these days. And if you know where to look, fresh, safe, joyful, low-stress streets are budding, just about to bloom. This month is packed with opportunities to support a street transformation near you, pass needed laws, and celebrate the change we are making happen.

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6 DC Council Bills to Support Now – The DC council is abuzz with new ideas to change how DC’s streets and sidewalks are built and managed to prioritize safety for people walking and biking. Two bills, the Safer Intersections Amendment Act and Upgrading Tactical Safety Projects Amendment Act have a hearing set for May 5. One provision would bring the Safety Stop (aka the Idaho Stop or Delaware Yield) to DC. Read our full breakdown on why this policy is right for DC.

Streetfilms visits DC during the National Bike Summit – Last month, bike and safe streets advocates met up in DC for the annual National Bike Summit. Videographers from Streetfilms shared some highlights of DC’s recent efforts. 

Things To Do

Good things happen when advocates like you are speaking up for DC’s Low Stress Bike Network. Here are some quick actions to support building parts of that network. Find the most recent actions at waba.org/action.

Reimagine Bladensburg Rd NE
DDOT wants your help reimagining Bladensburg Rd NE from Maryland Ave to the Maryland line. Drop your thoughts on the map and survey by the end of May.

Take Action


People First on I (Eye) St. SE/SW
Sign the petition to support DDOT’s plan for protected bike lanes, traffic calming, and safer intersections on I St. in SW Waterfront and Navy Yard.

Sign the Petition


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 Action


Walk/Bike lanes for Ohio Drive at Hains Point
The National Park Service wants to make Ohio Dr in East Potomac Park safer to walk and bike with dedicated, painted lanes. See the plan & share your feedback by May 19.

Take Action


Support Traffic Calming on New Jersey Ave NW
New Jersey Avenue between N Street and Florida Avenue NW is a dangerous and a glaring gap in the low stress network. Sign this petition to support DDOT’s plan to fix it.

Sign the Petition


A New Vision for Pennsylvania Ave NW “America’s Main Street”
National Capital Planning Commission wants your ideas on a new vision for “America’s Main Street” aka Pennsylvania Ave. Share your feedback by July 13.

Take Action


Safe Biking & Walking on Lincoln Road NE Now!
Join us in urging DDOT to take this next step in connecting the bike lanes of Northeast DC, and taking the next step towards a safe commuting future for the District.

Take Action


Thank Mayor Bowser for Putting People First on Connecticut Ave
DC Mayor Bowser announced that 3+ miles of Connecticut Ave NW will be redesigned with new protected bike lanes, traffic calming, and no more dangerous reversible lanes. Join us in thanking the mayor!

Take Action


Events & Opportunities

Low Stress Bike Network Citywide Meeting
Get updates on campaigns across DC and get involved in one near you.
Monday, April 18 at 7pm

Register on Zoom

Hains Point Walk/Bike Safety Project Open House
Learn more about the NPS plan to make Ohio Dr in East Potomac Park safer to walk and bike with dedicated, painted lanes.
Tuesday, April 19 at 5pm

Attend on Microsoft Teams

A New Vision for Pennsylvania Ave NW “America’s Main Street”
The National Capital Planning Commission wants your feedback on their early concepts on a new vision for Pennsylvania Ave NW aka “America’s Main Street” between the White House and Congress. Attend to learn more about the alternatives and how to weigh in.
Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm

Register on Zoom

What We’re Reading

  1. Why Vision Zero Hit A Wall (Bloomberg) – despite pledges to make streets safer and commitments to zero out fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes, Vision Zero initiatives have been far from successful in the US. Here’s a deep look at why, and how the automobile is at the center of it.
  2. The 12 Best Ways to Get Cars out of Cities, Ranked (Streetsblog) – US cities have proven strategies to make streets dramatically safer, cut emissions, and improve livability, but success starts with tackling the legacy and ongoing dependence on cars in cities. Here is a review of the best tactics.
  3. Protected Bike Lanes Deliver Numerous Benefits, Study Says (Planetizen) – a recent report from Philadelphia found a 20 percent reduction in crashes, a 6 percent reduction of vehicle speeds, no increase in congestion, and a 96 percent increase in bike trips after protected bike lanes were added to city streets!

Advocate resources

  • WABA’s Low Stress Network campaign is powered and lead by community advocates, 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 our 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.

2022 Primary Election Candidate Questionnaires and Forum Recordings

This election season WABA has been busy hosting candidate forums and/or sending questionnaires to candidates for Council and Executive races in Montgomery County, Washington, DC, and Prince George’s County. Additionally, a questionnaire was sent to Arlington County board candidates running in the Primary election. 

We also invited candidates to sign our transportation equity pledge, to pledge their full commitment to supporting policies and budget measures that center transportation justice for their constituents.

Below you will find a recording of the candidate forums as well as the questionnaires we received back from candidates. Also, we indicated if a candidate signed the transportation equity pledge. 

Montgomery County Elections 

Candidate Forums Recordings 

Montgomery County Candidate Forum for District Races 

Montgomery County Candidate Forum for At-Large Races 

Montgomery County Candidate Forum for County Executive Races

Candidate Questionnaires 

County Executive 

Marc Elrich

David Blair

Hans Riemer (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

At-Large

Gabe Albornoz (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Laurie-Anne Sayles (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Scott Goldberg (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Will Jawando

Dwight Patel

Brandy Brooks (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Evan Glass (signed Transportation Equity Pledge) *Did not submit a questionnaire but signed pledge*

District 1

Andrew Friedson (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 2

William Roberts

Lorna Forde (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Marilyn Balcombe

District 3

Rob Wu (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 4

Amy Ginsburg (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Cary Lamari

Al Carr (signed Transportation Equity Pledge) *Did not submit a questionnaire but signed pledge*

District 5

Brian Anleu (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Christopher Bolton

Daniel Koroma (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Fatmata Barrie (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

John Zittrauer (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Kate Stewart

Kristin Mink (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

William Montier

District 6

Christa Tichy (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Maricé Morales (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Natali Fani-Gonzalez (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Omar Lazo (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 7

Dawn Luedtke (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Paul Schwartz (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Washington, DC Elections 

Candidate Forums Recordings 

Ward 5 Council Candidate Forum  

Ward 3 Council Candidate Forum  

Mayoral and Council Chair Candidate Forum 

Candidate Questionnaires 

Mayor

Robert White (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

James Butler (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Corren Brown

Chair 

Erin Palmer (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

At-Large

Lisa Gore (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Nate Fleming (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Dexter Williams (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Ward 1 

Brianne Nadeau  (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Sabel Harris (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Salah Czapary (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Ward 3

Beau Finley (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

David Krucoff

Deirdre Brown (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Eric Goulet (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Henry Cohen (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Matthew Frumin (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Phil Thomas

Tricia Duncan (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Ben Bergmann (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Ward 5

Gordon Fletcher (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Kathy Henderson

Zachary Parker (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Faith Gibson Hubbard

Ward 6

Charles Allen (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Prince George’s County Elections 

Candidate Questionnaires 

County Executive 

Sherman Hardy

Tonya Sweat

At-Large

Jonathan White (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Stanford Fraser (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Rudy Anthony

District 1

Michael Estève (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 3

Eric Olson (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 4

Trance Washington

District 6

Barbara Holt Streeter (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

Belinda Queen

Denise Smith (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 7

Gary Falls

Krystal Oriadha (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

District 8

Jerry Mathis

Arlington County Elections 

Candidate Questionnaires 

Arlington County Board 

Matt de Ferranti (signed Transportation Equity Pledge)

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