Early this morning, WABA alerted its members and supporters to a sudden decision by DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown to strip Councilmember Wells of his leadership of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Fundamentally, we were concerned that a change in leadership might mean (1) a stalling of certain proposals and initiatives that WABA and the the bicycling community have been working with Wells and the Committee to push forward, and/or (2) a new leader that would not share our view of the importance of bicycling as a core element of the District’s transportation network.
With the announcement of Councilmember Mary Cheh as Chair, those concerns are greatly eased. Councilmember Cheh is a cyclist who has demonstrated her support for bicycling during her time on the Council. So while we are disappointed in the discontinuity itself, we are happy to welcome Councilmember Cheh as Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation and will make it a top priority to work with her, on behalf of our members and the cycling community, to ensure that momentum is not lost in expanding safe cycling in the District.
We appreciate your willingness to take action on this issue and show your support for bicycling in the District. While the alert did not achieve its immediate goal of maintaining continuity in Committee leadership, we are happy with the result. We continue to have a friend to the cycling community in this important position, and today she has seen the hundreds of emails showing your dedication to making DC better for bicycling.
Thank you again for taking action so quickly. We appreciate your support and ask you to continue to work alongside us to achieve our advocacy goals for the District and region.
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