DDOT’s Eye Street SE Redesign Meeting tomorrow night

Eye St SE

Proposed re-arrangement of lanes

From WashCycle:

I St. SE Redesign Meeting with DDOT – Please attend!
Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30PM at 70 Capitol Yards Lobby
Does I St. between NJ Ave. and S. Capitol St. drive you crazy? Are you frustrated with the unsafe pedestrian crosswalk, double-parked cars in the bike lanes, limited visibility from the garages, broken stop signs, lack of a traffic light, and more? This is your chance to review DDOT’s proposed changes, give specific feedback, and make sure that your concerns are addressed. You walk, bike, and drive this street every day. It’s vital that you attend and be a part of the solution.
A Safer Bike Lane on Eye St. between NJ Ave. & S. Capitol St.
DDOT is proposing switching the location of the bike lane and the parking lane. If you look at the attached drawing, the new sequence would be sidewalk, bike lane, parking lane, driving lanes, parking lane, bike lane, sidewalk.

Ward 7 Livability Study Continues This Saturday

Ward 7 Livability StudyDDOT will host its 2nd public workshop in Ward 7 for the Far Southeast III Livability Study on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00am-12:00pm. The purpose of this 2nd workshop is to get feedback from the public about transportation improvements planned for the study area. Please share your desire for better pedestrian spaces!

When:   Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where:  Plummer Elementary School
4601 Texas Avenue SE, Washington DC 20019Stay connected via the project website!

Neighborhoods in the Far Southeast III study area include Fort Dupont, Fort Davis, Twining, Greenway, Benning Heights, Civic Betterment, Benning Ridge, Marshall Heights, and Capitol View.

DDOT Hosts Pop-Up Events to Improve Pedestrian Experience in “Downtown West”

Downtown West Transportation Study

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites the community to three “pop-up style” public engagement events on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8am to 6pm to view and provide feedback on draft alternatives for the Downtown West Transportation Planning Study. The rain date is Thursday, October 27.

WHAT: Downtown West Transportation Planning Study Public Engagement Events
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8 am to 6 pm
WHERE: 8 am to 10 am, Southeast corner of Pennsylvania Ave., NW & 22nd St., NW
11 am to 2 pm, Farmers Market on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW
4 pm to 6 pm, Northwest corner of Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 19th St., NW

The Downtown West Study aims to improve east-west travel for cyclists, pedestrians and buses. The study area includes the following:

Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle
H and I Streets NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

Downtown West study areaThe project will include the development of alternatives for a separated bicycle lane and pedestrian improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and evaluation of a contraflow bus lane on H Street NW.

TRANSIT: Metrorail: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West or McPherson Square stations.

Visit the study’s website for more information. Materials from the events will be made available on the DDOT website at the meeting’s conclusion.

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), contact Megan Kanagy at (202) 671-1598 or megan.kanagy@dc.gov by October 13. These services will be provided free of charge.

Ward 7 Livability Study Launches This Week

Far Southeast Livability StudyDDOT is launching the Far Southeast III Livability Study this week. The study covers part of Ward 7, bordered by the Anacostia to the west, East Capitol Street to the north, Eastern Avenue to the east, and Massachusetts Avenue to the south. This is a great opportunity to tell DDOT that you want better walkability in Ward 7, including safer pedestrian crossings, lower speeds, and better bus stops.

The details:

Saturday, June 25, 2016
10:30am to 1:00pm
Plummer Elementary School
4601 Texas Avenue SE

See DDOT for more information.

Far Southeast III study areaLook for us at these community meetings, and donate to All Walks DC now to fund our ongoing advocacy on behalf of pedestrians!

Public Meetings to Improve the Pedestrian Experience in “Downtown West”

Downtown West Transportation Planning StudyThis week DDOT is launching a study to improve the pedestrian experience downtown. Stop by the MLK library Wednesday to voice your support for improvements to the streetscape on Pennsylvania Avenue and elsewhere.

The details:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6pm to 8pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Room A-5
901 G Street NW

See DDOT for more information on the study.

Great News: DDOT Grants Access to Traffic Control Plans at Construction Sites


The mess on L Street

Photo by Dave Salovesh

The demolition of the old Washington Post building and work on new construction in its place caused an uproar when the many pedestrians and bicyclists who regularly travel routes near the 15th Street NW and L Street NW site realized their protected spaces were being taken away, a move expected to last a whopping two years. There is currently no route for pedestrians along the northern side of L Street, and we have already heard of at least one incident in which a pedestrian was struck in the unsafe mixing zone. The closure came as an insult to advocates who pushed for the 2014 law and subsequent DDOT rulemaking that required construction sites to provide safe accommodation to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Now DDOT has taken an important step toward Open Data. As of today DDOT will begin publishing Traffic Control Plans (TCPs) for occupancy permits at construction staging areas online.  People who rely on city sidewalks can now use this tool to identify potential problems and demand better accommodations from the city and construction permit holders.

The information in an open data format through the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS).

DDOT announced that through TOPS, residents can now download TCPs and any permit issued by DDOT. To view TCPs for construction staging events, users must search for occupancy permits. The data will be available in open format to facilitate analysis, and can be accessed using DDOT’s mobile app. The TCPs show where portions of roadways, sidewalks, bike lanes and other types of public infrastructure will be temporarily occupied or altered as part of an approved occupancy permit.

Searches for construction and occupancy permits can be performed on permits that are up to 6 months old. Additionally, unlike some TOPS features, you do not have be a registered user to perform a permit search.

For more information about TOPS, please visit www.tops.ddot.dc.gov.

Following advocacy efforts by All Walks DC and others, Mayor Bowser announced that as part of her Vision Zero Action Plan, DDOT will begin offering greater access to agency data, including approved TCPs. DDOT has also taken steps to release better information on crashes in which bicyclists and pedestrians are struck. However, much of this information is siloed in different agencies, meaning DC is still falling short in making available the kind of comprehensive data on crashes that our peer cities are releasing.

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