Meet Kalli, our new Capital Trails Coalition Manager!

Hi all! I’m Kalli Krumpos and I’m so excited to join WABA as the new Capital Trails Coalition Manager. I’ll be working with the Capital Trails Coalition and our broader community to help create an equitable, connected trail network across the region.

I’m motivated to complete the trail network because it’s such a valuable resource for the people who live, work, and travel through our region. Our trails represent opportunities for community building: connecting neighbors, businesses, and services around trails while also providing a space for camaraderie among trail users. I look forward to applying my experiences in strategic planning, project management, advocacy, and community engagement to help people of all ages and abilities access trails, expand and connect the trail network, and improve and maintain existing trails.

Before coming to WABA, I strengthened my project management and strategic planning skills in management consulting with Guidehouse where I worked with U.S. Government agencies to plan and implement complex projects. I previously worked to advance child, family, and education policies across the country with Council for a Strong America where I focused on membership engagement, policy campaigns, and project management.

My experiences thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and biking across the country to support affordable housing with Bike & Build also inform my perspective about the importance of creating accessible, inclusive, and safe trails. Those experiences taught me how powerful it can be to have a group of people working together around a common goal and I am inspired to help our trails be a resource for our communities while also helping to build an on-trail community for all. I am so thrilled to join WABA and the Capital Trails Coalition and am looking forward to jumping in.

Please reach out at kalli.krumpos@waba.org or 202-964-5266 if you would like to get more involved, have any questions, or if you’d just like to chat about your experiences on trails!

Sharing the region’s safe streets lessons and stories on the Hill

On June 8, Executive Director Ludwig Gaines headed to Capitol Hill to testify before the U.S House Highways and Transit subcommittee.

The hearing focused on Federal Highway Administration’s safety programs and how new funding and policy changes in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could help to stem the startling rise in traffic deaths and crashes over the last few years. 

The committee is particularly concerned by the disparate equity impacts of dangerous road design on vulnerable road users. WABA shared our perspective on traffic safety in the DC region, regional efforts to improve safety performance, victim stories, and lessons that the committee can take from these local examples to apply nationally.

Watch the hearing below. Our testimony starts at minute 33.


Share Your Big Ideas with the DC Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force

Mayor Bowser’s Infrastructure Task Force’s Transportation Innovation Subcommittee is requesting community input on what transformational transportation changes they would like to see in the District, especially in the North Capitol corridor and along the neighborhoods touching I-295. Please join us on WebEx on June 22 from 4:00-5:00 PM or send us your thoughts on the survey at DC Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force.

WebEx Meeting Details

Attendee Link: rebrand.ly/TransformationalTransportation

Webinar number: 2317 669 7209

Webinar password: June22!

Join by phone: +1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)

Access code: 231 766 97209

Webinar Numeric Password: 5863220

Let’s put the park back in Little Falls Parkway!

On June 9, 2022, the Montgomery Parks Department issued a press release announcing a plan to reconfigure driving lanes on part of Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda to study “the operational effects of reducing the Parkway from four lanes to two.”  This study is a key step towards creating a permanent, linear park on the south side of Little Falls Parkway and a slower, narrower path for car traffic between Dorset Ave and Arlington Rd (one in each direction).

In 2016, Parks temporarily reduced the number of car lanes from two to one in each direction. This was in response to the death of a cyclist who died crossing the Parkway while on the Capital Crescent Trail.  This new plan could create a linear park along this stretch of Little Falls Parkway.  It would create additional safe outdoor recreation space in the Bethesda area.  Let’s show our support for the study and for a permanent road diet at the crossing of the CCTrail and the Parkway.  Use the form below to email the Parks Department, Councilmember Friedson whose district encompasses the Parkway, and the at-large Councilmembers.

On October 17, 2016, Ned Gaylin was out for a bike ride on the Capital Crescent Trail when he approached the trail crossing of Little Falls Parkway, a four lane (two car traffic lanes in each direction) boulevard road.  As Professor Gaylin, was biking through the marked crosswalk there, one lane of cars stopped.  He proceeded through the intersection and was then struck and killed by a car because of the multi-lane threat that existed at that crossing.  Within days, the Montgomery Parks Department reduced the number of car lanes to one in each direction, thus implementing a road diet eliminating that multi-lane threat to those walking and biking through that intersection.  Since 2016 there have been no fatalities at that crossing.

Parks did hold a series of meetings since the fatal crash to explore how to remake that crossing and developed ideas that would keep the crossing safe.  Almost all of those ideas retained the road diet as the most effective means of keeping the crossing safe.

After the onset of the COVID pandemic, Parks also implemented an ‘Open Parkways’ policy on Little Falls Parkway, Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway, closing parts of those Park roads to cars on the weekends.  While there has been broad support across the County for the weekend closures, some living near Little Falls Parkway have been vocal in their opposition to the closures.  Thus, the Parks Department has decided to suspend the weekend closures on Little Falls alone, while retaining the road diet near the CCTrail.  Parks simultaneously has announced the plan to study placing two lanes of car traffic (one lane in each direction as currently exists near the Trail) on one side of the Parkway median, while developing a plan for a linear park on the other side.

As advocates for safe walking and biking in Montgomery County, we should show our support for retention of the road diet on Little Falls and the creation of a linear park along Little Falls that would enhance the amount of outdoor recreation space in that area.

Montgomery County Get Out The Vote Bike Ride

Join WABA, Maryland Latin American Youth Centers, and Young People for Progress on a ride to the polls! Riders will meet between 9:30-10am at the Long Branch Community Center (8700 Piney Branch Road) where we will talk to candidates for County offices between 10:00-10:30am and raffle a $25 gift card. At 10:30am, we will ride 2.5 miles to the Silver Spring Civic Center to meet other candidates between 11:15-11:45. Then people can go vote and then have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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Transit reimbursement requests can be sent to kiara.williams@layc-dc.org

Schedule

10:00-10:30am – Meet Candidates at Long Branch Community Center

10:30am – Bike to the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza (corner of Ellsworth and Fenton Streets)

11:15-11:45am – meet at the tables by CAVA near Fenton Street

11:45am – Vote at the Civic Center!

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