9th Street NW Protected Bike Lane Virtual Open House

After 5 years in limbo, the Eastern Downtown protected bike lane (PBL) project is finally moving forward to redesign 9th St. NW in Shaw.  On Thursday, July 29, the District Department of Transportation is holding a virtual open house to present the current design, share the next steps in the process, and take input on your priorities for the street as planners refine the design. 

This project will redesign 9th St. NW with an east-side, 2-way protected bike lane, safer pedestrian crossings, and traffic calming between Pennsylvania Ave and Florida Ave. NW. It will fill a large hole in DC’s low-stress bicycle network and significantly reduce speeding, dangerous driving, and prevent traffic crashes in the corridor.

Meeting Details

9th Street NW Protected Bike Lane Virtual Open House
Thursday, 7/29/21
4 – 7pm
Identical presentations and Q&A every hour.
Meeting URL: rebrand.ly/9thStNW-ProtectedBikeLane
Or Call in #: 202-860-2110, Access Code: 172 214 7464

Drop in at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm for a short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and show your support for making 9th St. a safe, walkable, bikeable, and accessible street for everyone who uses it.

Get Involved

We are thrilled that the Mayor and DDOT are moving this project ahead, yet we know that it still needs help, positive pressure and public enthusiasm to get built. If you are passionate about this project and want to roll up your sleeves to help organize that support over the next few months, sign up below.

Background

In 2015, DDOT began the Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane study to identify a viable street for a north-south protected bike lane between 15th St. NW and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. After many heated public meetings, stakeholder consultation, and extensive analysis, the study concluded in 2017 that 6th and 9th streets NW were the best candidates and work began on preliminary design for both corridors.

In 2018, the project team completed 30% design for both streets and, after additional traffic studies and stakeholder input, selected 9th St. However, without any announcement or reasons offered, the project was put on hold, preventing any further design work or outreach. In May, Mayor Bowser announced that the project is again moving forward, restarting design and outreach for the project. Construction is expected in 2022.

Click here to read more about this project’s history on the WABA blog.

See the project documents here.

Speak up now for safe, low-stress biking on 37th & Tunlaw

DC’s Ward 3, especially west of Wisconsin Ave, has a serious lack of safe and low-stress options for making trips by bike. But the District Department of Transportation has some big plans for a whole bike network, starting with a 1.7 mile corridor on New Mexico, Tunlaw, and 37th stretching from Nebraska Ave to Whitehaven Parkway in Burleith.

Last night, the neighborhood commission for 3D, which covers New Mexico Ave, voted 9-0 in support of protected bike lanes on New Mexico Ave! But just to the south, in ANC 3B, protected bike lanes — and any dedicated space for people who bike, really — are facing some fierce opposition over loss of car parking. Now is the time to speak up for a low stress and safe bicycling option on Tunlaw & 37th.

Commissioners in ANC 3B want to hear from people who live and work the area before they take a formal position. Please take minute to email anc3bmail@gmail.com to share your priorities before Friday, July 9.

Map of the proposed New Mexico, Tunlaw, 37th St. NW bikeway

To learn more about the corridor and DDOT’s proposals, see DDOT’s recent presentation to ANC 3B. Send your comments directly to anc3bmail@gmail.com by Friday, July 9. And if you can, attend the July 15 ANC meeting to see the latest from DDOT and speak up for a low stress and safe bicycling option for Tunlaw & 37th. Find the ANC Join link and agenda here.

Not sure what to say? Short and simple is best. Here’s some inspiration:

  • Include your name and where you live. You can look up your ANC here.
  • How would protected bike lanes on Tunlaw and 37th make your life easier, safer or better?
  • What trips would you like to make by bike, but don’t because it doesn’t feel safe? Trips to school, work, groceries? What’s holding you back?
  • Adding bike lanes alone can help reduce speeding and aggressive driving, but a street redesign is also an opportunity to add pedestrian crossings, improve visibility at intersections and traffic calming. What traffic safety issues do you see that should be addressed as part of this project?
  • Safe, comfortable options for biking help reduce the demand for parking by creating additional options for getting around, while excluding those options creates a vicious circle of ever-expanding demand for car parking. What is your vision for the neighborhood? What transportation options should people have?

Don’t forget to email your thoughts to anc3bmail@gmail.com by Friday, July 9 and if you can, attend the ANC meeting. Please bcc advocacy@waba.org to help us track responses.

Ride the Anacostia River Trail

Come join the Lotus and Water Lily Festival for a bike ride on July 17th of the Anacostia River Trail! The trail is a different view of the lotus ponds than can be seen inside the park, and the trail has long shady stretches. We’ll ride for about an hour total at a chill pace that works for everyone joining, and stop for a break halfway through. The trail is fairly flat with one small hill we might get to. We will return to the park by 12:30 pm for plenty of time to explore inside the park as well.

Bathrooms and water are available at the start and end of the ride at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose (we’ll have some adult masks to give if you forget).

Bike Details


Bikes and helmets in adult and child sizes will be available to borrow if you request by July 14th. We will not have extra bikes day-of. You are also welcome to bring your own bike and helmet! All participants must be pre-registered and helmets are required for all riders. If you only need to borrow a helmet, email us and we’ll get you a loaner.

Kids are welcome on this ride provided they are with a guardian.  

Weather Plan

It will likely be hot so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated. The ride will be postponed to July 31st if there is substantial rain or thunderstorms forecast. Should we need to postpone, a weather decision will be made by the morning of July 16th. 

Additional Details

We will meet at the parking lot of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at 10:30 am, do a quick bike mechanical check, and ride to the Anacostia River Trail. Directions to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens can be found on the park website.   

This ride is being hosted in partnership with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and National Park Service – Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. 

Register

This ride is now full. If you are a direct park neighbor and live in Eastland Gardens, Mayfair, Kenilworth or Parkside, we have a few additional reserved spots. Please email at trailranger@waba.org to register!

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Logo of a purple lotus outline saying Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a national park in Washington DC
This ride is part of the 2021 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Women & Bicycles Bikes, not Rockets Ride and Chat

About this ride:

Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails.

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

 Join us for a ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail which features magnificent (and some would describe other-world-ly) views. We’ll do a short, flat 5.8 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from the Capital Bikeshare station located at Potomac and M St NW. The ride is round trip. The ride will start at the CaBi station, we’ll have to carry our bikes down four stairs to make our way to the C&O Canal Trail, then it will be a smooth, scenic ride out to Fletcher’s Cove and back. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. 

Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

We’ll be reading Bikes not Rockets: Intersectional Science Fiction from Microcosm Publishing which, combined with the scenery, will help transport us to another dimension. Copies of the books are available from local library systems and Microcosm Publishing has sliding scale pricing.  

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company!