A reopened E Street NW?
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who represents Ward 2 - where the farmers' market would be held - isn't thrilled with the idea of a rush-hour road closure either. But he tells WTOP he has a solution.
"If we are to go down this road, (we need to) look at reopening E Street, NW behind the White House," says Evans. "Reopening E Street would alleviate any traffic concerns we would have from closing Vermont Avenue."
After Sept.11, 2001, E Street on the south side of the White House was closed for security reasons. But Evans says the east-west connection isn't doing any good being closed.
"Pennsylvania Avenue (being closed) was hard to justify, E Street can not be justified," he says. "If you drive there today, it is being used as a parking lot by the people who work at the White House, for the Secret Service and at the Old Executive Office Building, which is not a security issue. It really needs to be reopened."
We agreed that it's very dangerous to ride on the sidewalk, noting that it is much safer to ride with traffic, on the road. One way to get cyclists off of sidewalks is to publicize the Vienna Bikeway Map so that cyclists know about on-road alternatives to riding on Maple Ave and Nutley St. Signed bike routes would also be helpful. While previous attempts to create a signed bike route from the W&OD Trail to the Vienna Metro station were fought by some residents, we think that attitude may be changing and many more people would support a non-polluting, healthy commuting option.
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