Monday Gabe Klein signed a Complete Streets policy.
While it won’t lead to a bike lane and a sidewalk on every street, this policy requires DDOT to do more than simply consider the movement of automobiles, and gives residents and advocates another tool if the agency’s projects don’t live up to its own standards.
Most importantly, the policy requires that pedestrian, bicycle and transit Level of Service (LOS) measurements be used to ensure that projects provide sufficient accommodation for all users. It also requires that projects “consider environmental enhancements” such as stormwater runoff, tree space and planting areas, use of recycled materials and energy efficiency.
Please thank Director Klein, Mayor Fenty and Council Chairman Gray for this policy. This is a big win for cyclists and pedestrians. I'm always happy when a Wish List item is fulfilled.