NPS and Secret Service Seeking Input on President’s Park South

President's Park South ProjectSince 9/11, the area immediately south of the White House has been closed for security reasons.  Despite lasting nearly a decade, the closure is still “temporary.”  But NPS and the United States Secret Service are studying whether or not to make the closure permanent, and how to make the permanent condition meet the requirements of numerous overlapping design standards for the White House area.

At a minimum, we assume this will mean fewer concrete barriers and improved landscaping.  But for cyclists, this is an important project, as it takes place in an area of high bicycle usage & at the intersection of 3 major downtown bicycle arteries: E Street, Pennsylvania Ave., and 15th Street.

At the scoping phase, the project team is asking the public what issues should be considered–not yet for a final solution.  So we have submitted the following issues:

1.  Accessibility to cyclists (the big one);

2. Avoiding spillover that renders external bicycle facilities unsafe or unusable (e.g. blocking of 15th Street cycletrack by vehicles queued for security screening);

3. Provision of bicycle parking for private bicycles and bikeshare bikes;

4. Use of materials that allow for safe and comfortable bicycle travel (e.g. avoiding deep cobbles, vertical grates, overly-narrow bollards);

5. Separation of modes to minimize conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians, etc.

If we missed anything, please pass it on to NPS through their project website HEREand let us know.  Scoping comments are accepted until April 22.

Oxon Cove Farm Trail Connection Fixed

Following up on an advocacy issue we reported on in March, the District Department of Real Estate Services (DRES) has completed a improved transition between the existing Oxon Cove Farm Trail and the DC Village Lane in Blue Plains.

The original transition was rough and uneven — an afterthought.  WABA contacted Adenegan Olusegun, the DRES project manager for the DC Evidence Warehouse, regarding the less than satisfactory work.  Olusegun worked with WABA and the on-site contractor to repair the transition area.

The current transition is flat, even and with out tire-pinching bumps.  WABA would like to thank the Adenegan Olusegun of DRES for his helpfulness in completing this repair in a timely manner.

WABA’s advocacy staff works hard to ensure the region builds a complete bicycle network for efficient transportation.  To contact the advocacy staff, email advocacy@waba.org.