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Your Ideas Needed: NE DC Bike Connections Coming Fall 2021

Your Ideas Needed: NE DC Bike Connections Coming Fall 2021
By Gordon Chaffin • Issue #138 • View online
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Northeast DC Previews Improved Bike/Walk Connections in Edgewood
8th and Monroe Streets NE Bike and Walk Safety Meeting, Met Branch Trail, 4.29.21
8th and Monroe Streets NE Bike and Walk Safety Meeting, Met Branch Trail, 4.29.21
On April 30th, 2021, one of DC’s neighborhood commissioners Michael Braeuninger hosted a public community meeting to discuss safety improvements coming to 8th Street NE and Monroe Street NE in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood. Residents and other stakeholders for safer streets can submit design ideas and other feedback to DC’s Department of Transportation.
The 8th Street NE segment is a long-time missing link on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an extremely popular trail for weekday bike commuters, transit riders walking to nearby schools, and weekend walk/bike/run recreation.
The Monroe Street NE segment converts paint-only bike lanes into a protected, two-way cycletrack. It’s a much-needed change. There’s high conflict for curbside space and paint doesn’t prevent double parking: busy ground floor retail pick-up and drop-off; restaurant supply deliveries; and apartment buildings with multiple package unloads each day of 30 minutes or more.
Red is the missing link; Green is beginner-friendly bike/walk
Red is the missing link; Green is beginner-friendly bike/walk
Also, there was discussion at this meeting about a missing east-west link with the end of the new Crosstown Cycletrack and that Monroe section. The gap runs along the wide, fast, and car-focused Michigan Avenue NE, where there needs to be significant improvement to make it comfortable for beginner bike riders and families to connect two of DC’s most important bike/scoot routes.
The sidewalks in this area are dangerous to ride in as well, because of pedestrian traffic from adjacent Catholic University and the Basilica of the National Shrine. There’s also a Metro rail station here, where lots of pedestrian traffic goes in and out during normal office commuting times.
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Help Low-Income Student attend Howard from NOLA
Please consider supporting this GoFundMe – https://gofund.me/7cf684b0 – for an incoming Howard U student from New Orleans. Brooklyn Strader got a partial scholarship and needs our help covering that difference with cost-of-living in DC. She was recently a student of Street Justice volunteer Chelsea Allen. Before teaching at Leadership Academy in Edgewood, Chelsea was an educator in NOLA.
 If you’re interested in helping BIPOC students attend HBCUs and other higher learning, I’ve heard great things about the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
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Help Funeral Expenses for Waldon Adams, Bicyclist and Homeless Advocate Struck and Killed by Hains Point Driver
I also hope you’ll join me in helping the family of Waldon Adams pay for his funeral and resolution of Mr. Adams bills: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-family-with-funeral-expenses-for-waldon
Waldon was struck and killed by a motorist on Ohio Drive recently (known as Hains Point or East Potomac Park). Significant changes need to happen in the DC area to improve traffic safety for the most vulnerable users. That includes the closure of park lands like Rock Creek’s Beach Drive and East Potomac Park’s Ohio Drive.
I hope you will join me in telling DC Council (find your representative), DC Mayor Bowser, DDOT, and regional decision-makers that this is unacceptable: a 270-day turnaround on sidewalk repairs (vs. 3-day on potholes); only a handful of new beginner-friendly bike lanes each year; a failing Vision Zero program that’s designed to fail from lack of political will; and roads that kill multiple people each year and leaders 🤷, mentioning “lots of stakeholders, FHWA, NPS,…”
If you’re in DC, ask your ANC Commissioner to sign on to the faster sidewalk and safety repair letter linked in the tweet below:
Alison Horn
🚨🚨#ANCTwitter Call to Action!

Proud to have worked on a letter w/ @Erinfor4B02, @MoniDiop & @AmberGove calling for improvements to DDOT’s service level agreement timelines to prioritize traffic safety. https://t.co/7XQwRGQeiR

ANCs can sign on here: https://t.co/hUgfTNWkdp
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This is Gordon Chaffin's newsletter. By day, he's a local journalist and current events storyteller living in Washington, DC. The goal: produce writing and multimedia -- civic participation resources -- that include, inform, and equip stakeholders with the least power to improve their community. On evenings and weekends, Gordon is a freelance audio/video producer and photographer. Topics of interest: transportation -- especially non-car transit -- plus housing, environmental justice, social and gender policies like family-medical leave, and education -- especially early childhood. Please send news tips to gordon[AT]streetsensemedia[DOT]org and freelance job inquiries to gordonchaffin[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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