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 Meeting on Sep 19

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

Actions You Can Take

Weigh in on Columbia Road Bus Priority & Bike Improvements

DDOT is proposing bus and bike lanes on Columbia Road NW. Take a brief survey and weigh in on the design by Oct 1.

 
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Oct

DC Council Hearing on Impoundment Reform Act and Traffic Safety in the District

Online

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Meetup — Online


Sign up to testify and demand safe streets action from the DC Council. Click through for details on signing up.

 

Meetup

Support Rock Creek Park—Seven Days a Week!

The People’s Alliance for Rock Creek Park supports keeping upper Beach Drive closed to car traffic permanently.

 

Don’t let NPS end car-free Beach Drive.

NPS wants to give Beach drive back to cars for most of the year.

 

Share Your Vision for Good Hope & MLK Jr Intersection

Tell DDOT what is not working at Good Hope & MLK Jr intersection and how your would fix it in this short survey.

 

Safety First on Q And R Streets NW / NE

DC has many north-south protected bike lanes in Ward 2, but the lack of high-quality, east-west routes put people who bike in constant danger. It’s time to put Safety First on Q & R St.

 

Support DDOT’s Plan to Finish the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE

DDOT has a new, thoughtful, & all-around better plan to complete the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE. Sign your support!

 

Reimagine Bladensburg Rd NE

DDOT wants your help reimagining Bladensburg Rd NE from Maryland Ave to the Maryland line. Survey deadline extended to end of May.

 

Petition: People First on I (Eye) St SE/SW

The I St SE/SW Safety Project will cut speeding, add protected bike lanes, and improve pedestrian safety between 7th St SW and 4th St SE. Sign the petition to support the project!

 

Updates

Advocate Resources

 

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.

 
 

Bikeable, Walkable Workshop for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

A rundown of how DC’s Department of Transportation moves forward street safety and redesign projects, explore effective ways to participate in that process or tried and true tactics to get a good idea moving.

 
 

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.

 

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