Redesigning unsafe intersections and crosswalks, dedicated 24 hour pick-up/drop-off areas, and more
Providing a safe way to connect to downtown protected bike lanes to local neighborhoods via safer streets
Reducing the speed limit, redesigning unsafe intersections, and adjusting bus stops
The Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) has constructed an Advocacy page on their site to help make it easy to express your support on this project and to enable you to participate constructively during the concept/design phase with city leadership and the DDOT project team.
Since 2000, DDOT has installed about 100 miles of cycling infrastructure and recently 24 miles of Protected Bike Lanes. This is just a start (and a good one at that), but with over 1,500 miles of roads there is still a lot of room to grow the network.
Most traffic fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists with vehicles occur at intersections. There is a reasonably cheap investment that can be made, called "Protected Intersections" that help shift the line-of-sight of drivers at intersections via the addition of some concrete and painted buffers.
A comparison of different types of bicycle infrastructure and the benefits and tradeoffs for each of these.
DDOT has marked approximately 100 miles of road with bike sharrows or other cycling infrastructure. In recent years, they have increasingly focused on Protected Bike Lanes to increase usage of the growing network. Learn more about their efforts to produce safer streets here.
For over three years, DDOT has engaged community and government officials & departments on the current state, possible options, and initial plans for this project. At their project page you can find meeting materials & community Q&A notes, various technical reports, and recently (6/28/22) the draft concept development maps.
Communities along the corridor have recent Small Area Plans guiding their development that consider this project. For instance, the recent ChCh SAP vision is to "advance more equitable and environmentally sustainable growth along the Connecticut Avenue corridor to support an inclusive Chevy Chase community and thriving commercial main street."
Mayor Bowser declared in 2016 that her goal for the District was to achieve zero ("0") traffic fatalities by 2024 through efforts to mitigate traffic violence in the city. While traffic fatalities were stable in many of the years after, they spiked in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic and are on track for another adverse year in 2022. Read more about what some of the District's efforts are to mitigate traffic fatalities.
Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates (W3BA) is a group of citizens who ride bikes to work, for errands and for fun. We are working to make Ward 3 of Washington, D.C. a friendlier place for people of all ages and abilities easier to get around in by bicycle.
You can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not profit from or ask for donations in support of this cause. We are simply residents of the local community who seek to support improvements to NW DC by advocating for safer, more inclusive community