Hear About and Comment on DDOT’s Bike Infrastructure Plans for Ward 3 - 6:30pm on Thursday, March 22nd at the Tenleytown Library.
Please join fellow Ward 3 cyclists to hear from the DC Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Bicycle Program Specialist, Mike Goodno, about plans and aspirations for better cycling infrastructure in the ward from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Thursday, March 22, at the Tenleytown Library. FYI: Mike was instrumental in the application to have the League of American Bicyclists bestow upon DC “Gold” status as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
● There will be plenty of time for questions for DDOT during the session, but more importantly, we want to bring attendees together to help determine the community’s priorities.
● We’ll discuss the process of making things happen in DC, including how best to interact with DDOT, local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the City Council and the Mayor’s Office. Many of these groups support the goal of improving the bicycling infrastructure but need voices in the community to back up those efforts.
● Our goal is to emerge from this meeting with a list of short- and long-term priorities, and a game plan for getting things done. We also want to develop an approach to tap into all those voices in Ward 3 who want these types of changes.
The event is sponsored by Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates (W3BA), which is a new group being formed to focus on improving Ward 3 cycling infrastructure. We hope that many attendees will be willing to join our group to advocate actively for the changes we all hope can come to Ward 3.
We have 3 priorities as a group, and want to hear about yours:
1. Improved access for bicyclists from Ward 3 to the downtown core.
2. Improved cycling experience within Ward 3
3. Improved connections to the city’s parks.
Interested in how to improve conditions for bicyclists in our neighborhoods of upper NW DC? If so, we'd like to invite you to join the Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates (W3BA). We intend to be a grassroots group whose membership will collaborate with other groups and advocate on bicycle related matters that affect quality of life issues for all residents of Ward 3. Our mission is simple: create critical mass of those in support of better cycling so that DDOT and local politicians hear our voices so that improvements can and will happen.
We're focused on both short-term and long-term goals within Ward 3. Examples of short-term goals include (there are likely others that you can suggest!):
- Broad Branch reconstruction to include bike lane
- Trolley Trail in Palisades connecting to Georgetown University. Potential 5 mile trail
- Missing link bike route from Ward 3 to Calvert Street Bridge and downtown
We envision the long-term goals as being aligned with much of what was include in the Move DC Master Plan https://www.wemovedc.org/, that would include:
A protected cycletrack on Connecticut Avenue Completion of the Palisades Trolley trail to Georgetown Nebraska Avenue protected cycletrack
In the near future, we intend to have a group meeting to better define short, medium and long-term goals for the group, divide up work, and determine advocacy strategies. We are very excited to get W3BA off the ground and hope you will become an active member. Ask questions, provide ideas, identify opportunities, participate. We can be a strong presence here in Ward 3, but only if you lend your voice.
To get started, please join the Yahoo Group: email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org [w3ba-subscribe @ yahoogroups dot com]. Looking forward to the work ahead.
Andrew Aurbach, Chevy Chase DC
Josh Rising, Chevy Chase DC
Steve Seelig, Chevy Chase DC
Brett Young, Palisades DC