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WABA Alert: Comments Needed on K Street Transitway and Klingle Valley Trail
WABA is urging concerned cyclists to take a few moments of their time today to help bring better bicycling tomorrow.
The deadline for comments on the K Street Transitway project is October 30th and opposition from area businesses to WABA's preferred option, Alternative 3, is strong. Alternative 3 is the only design that provides any sort of accommodation for cyclists and we strongly believe that to rebuild K Street without facilities for cyclists would be a missed opportunity and would run counter to the city's stated desire to improve conditions for cyclists. While Alternative 3 provides for bike lanes, WABA is urging the DC Department of Transportation to instead construct cycle tracks-bike lanes that are protected by a raised curb. We believe this design will help prevent vehicles from parking in the bike lane and would present a more attractive option for less experienced cyclists. WABA's detailed comments on the project can be found at http://www.waba.org/documents/K_Street_Transitway_Comments.pdf.
We hope that you will take the time to send your comments to the following email address: KStreet.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klingle Valley Environmental Assessment
The October 7th public meeting on the Klingle Valley Trail Environmental Assessment was well attended by trail supporters, but we still anticipate strong opposition from those who would prefer to see it opened to vehicular traffic. We need to show the District Department of Transportation just how strong the support for the Klingle Valley Trail really is in our community. This is also an opportunity to submit comments before the preliminary alternatives have been drafted. WABA is urging DDOT to do the following:
1) Build the trail 12 feet wide: given the expected popularity of the trail as well as the uneven terrain, the trail should be built wider than the standard;
2) Provide amenities for trail users such as waysides with benches and emergency call boxes;
3) Light the trail at night: this would improve safety and also facilitate bike riding across Rock Creek Park;
4) Construct a direct connection to the Rock Creek Trail.
Comments on the Klingle Valley Environmental Assessment may be posted at http://www.klingletrail.com/contact.asp.