Network

The Big Picture, Block by Block.

Picture DC in 2050. What do you see? We see a just and sustainable city. Equitable access to housing and food for everyone. It’s easy to get where you’re going on foot, on the bus, on the Metro, on your bike. We see an extensive bike network connecting our dense region. You, your kids, nephews, nieces, or grandkids, can all get where you need to go safely, easily, happily on bikes.

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In 2021, we kicked off a campaign to build that network. The whole thing. A decade of planning has been derailed by agencies and leaders who don’t see the big picture. In the meantime, thousands and thousands of people keep driving, not because they want to, but because they don’t have safe alternatives. And many of us have friends and family members who’ve been hurt, or worse, because our streets don’t have safe spaces to ride.

Here’s what we know: our streets get safer when we organize and demand safe mobility. So let’s get organized.

Citywide Advocate Meetings

Join us at our next citywide meeting to get involved in building the low stress network near you. We will share key updates and opportunities, workshop strategy, and break out into local groups to get to work on individual projects.

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We’ll have these meetings regularly to support and inspire each other.

The Network

Here’s a map of what we’re talking about—a network of protected bike lanes and other low stress bikeways. This map is a living document, and we hope you’ll help shape it. See a missing connection or an opportunity? Join our next meeting to talk about it!

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What’s Next

We’ve seen over and over that when neighbors get organized, bike lanes get built. We’re working to make sure that you have the tools you need to talk to your neighbors, neighborhood businesses, and elected officials.

If you can’t make a meeting, come to the next one! Interested in volunteering on a campaign? Fill out the form above or email garrett.hennigan@waba.org.

Upcoming Events

Sat
02
Mar

DDOT Meeting on Alabama Ave SE Safety Improvement (Ward 8)

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Meetup

Metropolitan Police Department 7th District - 2455 Alabama Avenue SE

Metropolitan Police Department 7th District - 2455 Alabama Avenue SE

Join DDOT for a meeting on the Alabama Avenue SE Safety Improvement Study and share your safety concerns and ideas.

 

Meetup

Sat
09
Mar

Seeds & Spokes Ward 5 Family Bike Ride

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Ride

Turkey Thicket Playground 1100 Michigan Ave NE

Turkey Thicket Playground 1100 Michigan Ave NE

Riders of all ages are invited to join this police escorted, closed streets ride with giveaways & swag!

 

Ride

Tue
12
Mar

Rockville: Martins Lane Bicycle Lane Project Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Meetup

Virtual

Virtual

Learn about, ask questions, and submit comments on the bicycle lane study and design project along Martins Lane.

 

Meetup

Sat
16
Mar

DDOT Meeting on Alabama Ave SE Safety Improvement (Ward 7)

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Meetup

Anne Beers Elementary School - 3600 Alabama Avenue SE

Anne Beers Elementary School - 3600 Alabama Avenue SE

Join DDOT for a meeting on the Alabama Avenue SE Safety Improvement Study and share your safety concerns and ideas.

 

Meetup

Sat
23
Mar

Hill Family Biking – Journey to SW Library

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Ride

Eastern Market Metro Plaza 225 7th Street Southeast Washington, DC 20003

Eastern Market Metro Plaza 225 7th Street Southeast Washington, DC 20003

Join a family-friendly ride from Eastern Market to the new SW Library for special story time and librarian-guided tour!

 

Ride

Sat
30
Mar

DC Office of Planning Urban Design Walking Tour

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Meetup

Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library 5401 South Dakota Ave NW Washington, DC 20011

Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library 5401 South Dakota Ave NW Washington, DC 20011

Learn from the DC Office of Planning about urban planning and design and explore terminology with practical examples.

 

Meetup

Actions You Can Take

Updates

Advocate Resources

 

Where do 2023 Gaithersburg Council Candidates Stand on Biking & Transportation?

Check out responses to our 2023 Gaithersburg candidate questionnaire.

 
 

2023 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Candidate Questionnaire Results

Check out responses to our Fairfax County Board of Supervisor candidate questionnaire.

 
 

2023 Rockville Mayoral & Council Candidate Questionnaire

Check out responses to our 2023 Rockville candidate questionnaire.

 
 

Workshop: DC’s Budget Process & Working with Your ANC

Learn how to weigh in on DC’s spending plan and how to engage with your Advisory Neighborhood Commission for safe streets.

 
 

Equitable Investment in Montgomery County’s Bike Network

Read WABA’s proposal for investing in improving transportation equity through better biking and walking network in four Equity Focus Areas.

 
 

Envisioning a Safer Street

Your street doesn’t feel safe. How could you change it to make it better? You don’t need a traffic engineering degree to come up with workable solutions.

 
 

Workshop: Working with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

In this session, we’ll look at the ups, downs and idiosyncrasies of the District’s hyperlocal elected bodies. ANCs are critical to advancing safe streets projects in DC.

 
 

Workshop: Understanding and Participating in the Transportation Planning Process

In this video, we explore how the District Department of Transportation moves a project from idea to construction and opportunities to weigh in.

 
 

Workshop: Effective Tactics

In this video, we will cover some tactics to build support for a project, and then demonstrate that support to the right decision-makers.

 
 

Workshop: Planning to Win

Thoughtful strategy is key to a successful campaign. In this video, we look at strategies for winning campaigns—power-mapping; understanding the process and biases of people (and agencies); setting goals and measuring progress; and connecting the right tactics with the right people at the right time.

 
 

Workshop: Talking About Safe Streets

In this session, we’ll tackle one of the most fundamental parts of winning campaigns: how to talk about what you want.

 
 

Workshop: Geometry of Street Transformations

Dive into the geometry and limits of transforming streets, plus get to know a tool for mocking up street changes.

 
 

Workshop: Getting Safe Streets that Work for Everyone

Proven strategies for getting attention and action from DC agencies on sidewalk fixes, intersection improvements, traffic calming, and more.

 
 

How do I get a bike rack?

Here’s a quick breakdown on how to get new bike parking installed.

 
 

Reporting Road and Infrastructure Maintenance Issues

Tips on using DC’s 311 system to report maintenance issues to get things fixed.

 
 

How to report construction blocking your bike lane in DC

DC law requires that when a bike lane or sidewalk is closed for construction, an equally safe accommodation, free of hazards and debris, must be provided. Here’s how to identify and report violations.

 

Other ways to help out

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