Greetings, Central Shaw Neighbors:
Welcome to my sixth neighborhood dispatch. This week’s update: Meeting Alert! Bike Lanes; Other Topical Items; Local Non-Profit Update
· ANC 6E Transportation Advisory Committee, June 29, 6p
· ANC 6E Commission, July 1, 6:30p
Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes
As I noted briefly last time, Mayor Bowser has committed to building the Eastern Downtown Street Protected Bike Lane in 2022. On May 29, I released a statement about the protected bike lane proposal on 9th Street. The crux of my position is that protected bike lanes make our roadways safer for all users, and 9th Street is unsafe. 6E residents submitted requests for Traffic Safety Assessments for four locations along 9th street just in the past month!
Representatives from DDOT will be briefing the TAC and full ANC at upcoming meetings. See links above. Please come out in support of this important traffic safety project. Let me know if you have any concerns or questions about it. Or ask the DDOT reps for more information at the meetings.
Illustration of proposal to close the gap in the Q St bike lane and connect 11th street bike lane to Q St.
In the meantime, a separate DDOT effort has been looking at opportunities to make a variety of other intersections safer throughout the “Near Northwest III” area. This study has preliminary recommendations for two intersections in 6E01 along 11th Street:
· Closing the gap in the Q Street bike lane from 11th Street NW to past Seaton Elementary and better connecting the 11th Street bike lane northbound to Q Street eastbound
· Rationalizing the roadway space along 11th Street NW at S St and Vermont Ave
These are preliminary designs, and your feedback is welcome. We will also be discussing these Tuesday at the TAC.
Other Topical Items
· Short Notice! Congresswomen Norton is holding a public meeting to receive feedback on the proposal to extend the current prohibition of cars on Beach Drive. 7P Tuesday July 29. Email to RSVP and receive Zoom link.
· The new DDOT program for parking permits including visitor/guest permits is in a pilot phase and 6E is up and running.
· The Persist/Resist mural on 11th between R and S was recently replaced with a new DC Statehood-themed mural.
· Input sought for 2025 DC Historic Preservation Plan. Take their 10-minute survey on historic preservation.
Local Non-Profit Update –
· Shaw Community Center provides services such as technology, arts education, literacy, vocational training and direct employment to 300 low-income, minority families recently. They have recently fixed their fundraising link.
· The Judah Project is a small program based on 10th and R that works with unhoused and disadvantaged youth ages 14-22 from the Shaw neighborhood. They are currently seeking donations to support operations over the summer.