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

What: 9th Street NW Protected Bike Lane Virtual Open House
Date:  Thursday, 7/29/21
Time:  4 – 7pm
Meeting URL: rebrand.ly/9thStNW-ProtectedBikeLane
Or Call in #: 202-860-2110, Access Code: 172 214 7464

Please attend, 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.

Rock Creek Park Trail Construction!

After more than 20 years of advocacy, the Rock Creek Park Trail is finally getting a much needed makeover! The District Department of Transportation just broke ground on the first phase of construction to rebuild and widen 3.7 miles of trail in Rock Creek Park, including a new access trail on Piney Branch Parkway and a new trail bridge south of the tunnel. This project compliments the trail rehabilitation and reconstruction of Beach Drive that finished in 2019.

Decades in the making, the improvements will be worth the wait. DDOT, in partnership with the National Park Service, is completely rebuilding the trail west of the creek. Among the highlights are:

  • A new trail on Piney Branch Parkway – the well-used dirt trail alongside Piney Branch Parkway will be turned into a paved, ADA accessible trail to help neighbors east of the park safely access it. Until very recently, there was no sidewalk or low-stress bicycle connection to Beach Drive between Klingle Road and West Beach Drive at the Maryland Line.
  • A new bike / ped trail bridge – a new 110 ft trail bridge will span the creek immediately south of the Zoo tunnel, a huge improvement from the current narrow sidewalk adjacent to car traffic
  • Reopening the Zoo Tunnel Bypass – For decades, the trail around the tunnel has been slowly falling into the creek. (a 2013 photo)). After a large storm in 2018, three sections of this trail collapsed into the creek, forcing the closure of the tunnel bypass trail. This project will finally rebuild the creek banks and replace the trail. This work is expected to begin in 2021. Unfortunately, this fix will not change the nighttime closure that routes trail users into the tunnel because this trail is still within the National Zoo’s security perimeter and subject to it’s operating hours.
  • Widening & pavement improvement – The existing 8-foot crumbling trail will be rebuilt to modern trail standards with improved foundations and drainage. Most sections will be widened to 10 feet plus a gravel shoulder except at some environmentally sensitive pinch points. 

The National Park Service also recently started construction on repairs and upgrades to the 1.5 miles of trail along the Potomac River including the Rock Creek Trail south of Virginia Ave NW and the West Potomac Park Trail between Ohio Drive and the Tidal Basin inlet bridge. Both will be widened to 8-10 feet, repaved, and re-aligned for a more comfortable ride. The work includes some intersection safety improvements, more green space, and a new trail tunnel through the supports of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge for more room and comfort! Learn more here.

What to Know About Construction and Detours

Construction started in Spring 2021 and will continue through 2023 in phases. Detours for trail users will be set up and signed.

See the DDOT project page for more information and detailed detour maps for reconstruction north of Virginia Ave. DDOT made a quick video about the changes here. See the NPS project page for detour maps for reconstruction south of Virginia Ave by the Kennedy Center and Ohio Drive.

Connecticut Ave NW Reversible Lane & Protected Bike Lane Public Meeting

The District Department of Transportation is holding critical public meetings on the future design of Connecticut Avenue in Ward 3. If you support our vision for a more bikeable, walkable and livable Connecticut Avenue with protected bike lanes, this is the time to show up and speak up for that vision.

Last year, DDOT began studying removing the dangerous reversible lanes on Connecticut Ave and exploring other road designs, including protected bike lanes. After extensive pre-pandemic data collection, traffic modeling, and nearly a year without the reversible lanes during the lighter traffic of the pandemic, DDOT has concluded that Connecticut Ave does not need reversible driving lanes to accommodate traffic.

The pivotal decision now —  should Connecticut Ave continue serving only people zipping through in cars OR should it be redesigned to safely accommodate people biking while making a more walkable, livable, and community-oriented street?

Meeting Details – Thursday, April 1

General Meeting: 7:00 PM
Concept Review / Evaluation Learning Room: 5:00 PM
Traffic Analysis / Parking Learning Room: 6:00 PM

DDOT is offering optional Topic-Specific Learning Rooms for more detail after the general meeting. An Identical presentation will also be given on Tuesday, March 30 at 9:30 AM (details here).

Let us know you will be there
Sign up below to get a meeting reminder, tips & talking points to make the biggest impact, and to stay in the loop on how to help in the coming weeks.

Join the Meeting

Webex Meeting URL: Join the Webex meeting here.
Or join by phone. Call in #: 202-860-2110
Access Code: 160 356 5987, followed by the # key

Connecticut Ave NW Reversible Lane & Protected Bike Lane Public Meeting

The District Department of Transportation is holding critical public meetings on the future design of Connecticut Avenue in Ward 3. If you support our vision for a more bikeable, walkable and livable Connecticut Avenue with protected bike lanes, this is the time to show up and speak up for that vision.

Last year, DDOT began studying removing the dangerous reversible lanes on Connecticut Ave and exploring other road designs, including protected bike lanes. After extensive pre-pandemic data collection, traffic modeling, and nearly a year without the reversible lanes during the lighter traffic of the pandemic, DDOT has concluded that Connecticut Ave does not need reversible driving lanes to accommodate traffic.

The pivotal decision now —  should Connecticut Ave continue serving only people zipping through in cars OR should it be redesigned to safely accommodate people biking while making a more walkable, livable, and community-oriented street?

Meeting Details – Tuesday, March 30

General Meeting: 9:30 AM
Concept Review / Evaluation Learning Room: 11:00 AM
Traffic Analysis / Parking Learning Room: 12:00 PM

DDOT is offering optional Topic-Specific Learning Rooms for more detail after the general meeting. An Identical presentation will also be given on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM (details here).

Let us know you will be there
Sign up below to get a meeting reminder, tips & talking points to make the biggest impact, and to stay in the loop on how to help in the coming weeks.

Join the Meeting

Webex Meeting URL: Join the Webex meeting here.
Or join by phone. Call in #: 202-860-2110
Access Code: 160 356 5987, followed by the # key