May 13, 2019

Great proposals for bikers on Nebraska, Mass and other Ward 3 roads. Your voice now needed!

DC’s Department of Transportation is out with preliminary recommendations for the Rock Creek Far West Livability Study. There’s some great stuff in there that needs the support of the cycling community. But there are also some missed opportunities where we need to make our voices heard.

An earlier blog post described how this type of study typically works. Read it to get caught up.

First, the good news. What’s in it that is good? (See the map and spreadsheet)

  • A potential cycletrack (!!) on Nebraska/Loughboro between MacArthur Blvd and Ward Circle
  • A widened sidewalk / multi-use path on Massachusetts between Westmoreland Circle and Whitehaven Street
  • Bike facilities on Rockwood Parkway, Glenbrook, and 49th Street
  • A connection to the Crescent Trail at Arizona
  • A bike facility of some kind on Dalecarlia

What needs work?

  • DC’s Vision Zero plans lays out the need for a protected bicycle lane on Arizona, but there’s nothing in the plan on this
  • DDOT suggests bike boulevards could be sufficient on Rockwood, Glenbrook, and 49th. Given that boulevards are basically sharrows and signs, that is clearly not enough
  • A widened sidewalk is not enough on Massachusetts. There should be separate space for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A cycletrack on Nebraska is certainly no guarantee; we’ll need a lot of pressure to make that happen.

How can you help? Thanks for asking! There are two ways to get involved right now:

  1. The first—and best—is to show up at a meeting DDOT is hosting this Saturday, May 18, from 11-1 and Stoddert Elementary (4001 Calvert Street) DDOT will make a short presentation at 11:30.
  2. Get in touch with the study planners. Email theodore.vanhouten@dc.gov and info@rockcreekfarwest.com with what you like and what needs to be strengthened.

If you’re interested in helping with this work, please email us at ward3ba@gmail.com.

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