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Support a Bike Friendly M Street SE/SW
6:00 - 7:30 pm
MPD First District Station, 101 M Street, SW
Councilmember Wells, in conjunction with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and ANC 6D, is hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss how Southwest and near Southeast neighborhoods can make improvements to M Street through what's known as a "complete street." One proposal is for protected bike lanes or cycle tracks that could connect the Anacostia Riverwalk and Trail, Nationals Park, and a future trail along the Southwest Waterfront near the Fish Market. WABA urges cyclists in the area to attend the meeting to show support for a bike-friendly M Street.
Success on M Street will greatly assist efforts in other parts of the District to create world-class bike facilities (see cycle track meeting info below) so it's very important that cyclists turn out to support the M Street efforts.
Complete streets" is a term of art for planning and renovating streets to reduce the number and speed of cars on roadways, provide better pedestrian safety and support alternate means of travel that connect neighborhoods. Currently, WABA, AARP and other advocacy groups strongly support the concept for the potential it holds to build better and safer streets for seniors, families and other pedestrians as well as cyclists. AARP will attend to share its efforts to bring complete streets to more communities.
Downtown Cycle Tracks Meeting
Heritage Center of the US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
To accommodate increased bicycling in the city, and to prepare for the expansion of the bike sharing program. the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is developing innovative new bike infrastructure in the greater downtown area. Join DDOT to review the latest plans for innovative bike lanes and cycle tracks on the following streets:
Pennsylvania Ave NW
I Street NW
L Street NW
15th Street NW (south of the existing counter flow lane)
9th Street NW
A draft map of the proposed cycle tracks can be found here. Penn Ave will be more traditional bike lanes though they will run in the middle of the road. Of particular concern is the lack of connectivity between the east-west lanes on I and L, and the north-south lanes on 9th Street.
Comments Needed on Walter Reed Campus Redevelopment
In light of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision to close the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in September 2011, District's partner agencies, including the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Office of Planning, are gearing up to begin a major reuse planning effort. Initially, the entire 113-acres was to be a federal-to-federal agency transfer, however, approximately 62 acres of the campus land was made available to non-federal agencies late this summer.
Right now, the closed Walter Reed campus is an impediment to north-south travel by bike between Silver Spring and the District of Columbia. WABA is urging that during the redevelopment process provisions be made to allow for through bicycle and pedestrian access across the campus on what is essentially an extended 14th Street NW. 14th Street NW is a significant bike commuter route that now ends at Aspen, the southern border of Walter Reed.
We apologize for the late notice, but a public meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 7:00PM-9:00 PM at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center at 1327 Van Buren Street NW. But you may also send your comments to Councilmember Muriel Bowser at email@example.com. More information on the project can be found at www.walterreedlra.dc.gov.