Report Card: Ward 1 Vision Zero Traffic Safety Workshop

WABA has been working diligently on Vision Zero which is the initiative to end all traffic fatalities by 2024 in Washington, DC. One of the ways we are working on it is by educating residents through our Traffic Safety workshops. We hosted our second workshop at 14th and Irving St NW. The report card about this intersection is below.

Ward 1 Intersection ScoreCard: F

14th and Irving St NW Thursday, December 8, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

By the numbers

  • Number of attendees: 27
  • 2015 Crashes: 38
  • 2015 Injuries: 6
  • 2015 Pedestrian Fatalities: 3

Agenda 

  • 6:30 pm Registration
  • 6:45 pm Introductions
  • 7:15 pm Field trip to the intersection
  • 7:45 pm Traffic Safety Presentation
  • 8:20 pm Vision Zero Safety Quiz
  • 8:30 pm VZ Pledge + Report Card
  • 8:45 pm Adjourn


Overview

After introductions, we shared participant stories on street safety in our everyday lives (speeding, distracted driving, near-misses, and hurt loved ones). We went on a short walk to the intersection and viewed it from all four corners of the street. Using first-hand observations, we came back to the meeting space to present fundamental elements of safe designs, bike laws, administer the quiz, and solicit feedback for their intersection scorecard.

Ward 1 Group Observations

Helpful for Bicyclists and Pedestrians:Endangers Bicyclists and Pedestrians:
Bike lanes on both sides of 14th Street Double parking, drop offs and deliveries in bike lanes constantly
Crosswalks are visible and wideCars turning onto northbound 14th Street block crosswalk
ADA curb cuts are presentEastbound Irving pedestrian signal doesn’t face pedestrians
Signal timing is adequate for pedestrians to cross the streetCars speed on this corridor
Lots of pedestrians and bicyclists use this corridor so cars are used to seeing themCars run lights at this intersection
Group Suggestions For Improvements
Signal on southeast side of Irving should face the pedestrians in crosswalk
Create “Barnes Dance” so pedestrians can cross without cars in crosswalk
Enforcement of cars that park longer than 15 minutes on 14th Street
Enforcement of double parking in bike lane on 14th Street
No right turn on red onto southbound 14th Street from Irving St
Redesign east side of Irving where NRH bus picks up patients which blocks traffic.
Eliminate right turn on red for southbound 14th Street
DDOT crossing guards at intersection during morning and evening rush hours

Participants surveying 14th & Irving St NW

Bicyclist and pedestrians crossing Irving St NW

Participants surveying 14th & Irving

 

You can read the report cards for all of our workshops by clicking on the link.

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Join us for our mobile workshop in Ward 7 exploring Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave and Minnesota and Eastern Ave NE on Saturday, August 5th at 10 AM. RSVP for this workshop here.

DDOT trains contractors, utililty companies on how to work around bike infrastructure.

Matthew Marcou, Associate Director of the Public Space Regulation Administration at the District Department of Transportation, explains to staff from public agencies, utilities, and construction contractors how to properly detour the 15th St Protected Bike Lane.

After three years of work, The District Department of Transportation has released guidelines that advise Public Space Permit applicants how to properly accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians during construction or other road closures. You can read the guidelines here (PDF). These guidelines are one of the final missing pieces in the agency’s implementation of the Safe Accommodations element of the 2013 Bicycle Safety Amendment Act. 2013 may seem like a long time ago, but DDOT’s Safe Accommodations regulations are some of the most progressive in the country. Without other cities to use as models, the agency had to start more or less from scratch.

In addition to the written guidelines, DDOT developed several typical scenarios for construction teams to follow (below), and hosted the first of several live-traffic training sessions.

An illustration of how to properly detour bicyclists around work in a two way protected bike lane.

These trainings are a big step towards ensuring that bicyclists and pedestrians can move safely past the city’s ever present construction, and WABA is glad to hear that DDOT will hold more of them.

Is construction blocking your bike lane? Here’s our how-to on making sure contractors are following their Traffic Control Plan, and how to report problems.

 

Tour de Fat cancelled due to dangerous weather

Live from the waterfront

As you might have seen on social media, Tour de Fat has been cancelled due to some dangerous weather.

We’re bummed we don’t get to party with you today.

Tour de Fat is a big goofy party, but the work it funds is serious and important—safer bike lanes, better bike laws, a more connected trail network, and better education programming for everyone who uses our roads.

Can you chip in a some of that weekend beer money and help us keep working to make your bike ride better?

$10 $25 $100

We really appreciate it. Stay safe in this crazy weather!

Let’s go for a ride soon,

—Your friends at WABA.

PS: If you purchased tickets, keep an eye out for an email from New Belgium Brewing about next steps.

Top Five Reasons To Go To Tour de Fat

 

Here are our top five reasons why YOU should come to Tour de Fat on Saturday, July 22nd.

1. It’s really, really fun! And you get 20% off on WABA jerseys.

Tour de Fat is WAY more fun than sitting on your couch, sitting in the grass, or sitting on a bar stool. You get to enjoy good craft beers for only $5, dance to some live rocking blues, and soak in the sun with all your closest bicycle-loving friends. On top of that, you’ll be able to buy WABA jerseys 20% off the day of the event!

2. It builds more bike lanes.

Tour de Fat is a big fundraiser for WABA (our biggest) and raises the equivalent of an entire full-time advocacy staff member. This means that when you come and enjoy a couple New Belgium Brewing beers, you are essentially funding the construction of more bike lanes and protected infrastructure around the DC region. That’s pretty darn incredible! (Note that WABA doesn’t plan, build, or install bike lanes ourselves. But we do a good deal of advocating on the grassroots level, weighing in on plans, tracking plans, providing testimony and meeting with elected officials, and organizing neighborhood-level campaigns to ensure accountability on bike plans. (Learn more about what your beer will support at waba.org/advoacacy)

3. You get to be your crazy, wacky self.

Come on, we know that crazy and wacky is in there somewhere. Let loose, forget your worries, dance like no one’s watching, wear the weirdest costume you can get your hands on.

4. There’s really good cheep beer.

This is one of the only places where you’ll find really good beer for only $5! New Belgium Brewing Company sponsors the Tour de Fat and they go all out stocking the event with cans of multiple varieties of their Colorado-based beer. Rumor has it there will be 18 (EIGHTEEN!) different types of New Belgium beer!

5. Sunshine. Friends. Soul music.

Soak up the sunshine with a smile while enjoying a cold brew outside with your closest friends. Boogie to  Vintage Trouble as they serenade you with bluesy rock and roll and soul music. Basically, the most perfect summer day ever.

 

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Don’t miss out—get your Tour de Fat tickets today!

 

Tour de Fat is only three days away!

If you haven’t purchased tickets, now is your chance:

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Great, so now that you’ve got your tickets. Read on for how to best prepare for the craziness that is the Tour de Fat:

  • Wear a costume: Though not required, it’s strongly encouraged that you wear a fun costume. It can be anything from 80’s inspired neon color track shorts and tall socks, overalls and a cowboy hat, last year’s Halloween costume, or even just your pajamas! The goofy costumes help everyone break out of their shells, let loose, and have a good time.
  • Share the festivities: Charge up your smart phone or bring a camera and document the festivities. Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #tourdefat and #bikedc to share with the greater community. And don’t forget to mention @wabadc.
  • Bring your friends: Craziness is always best when shared… or come alone!  Tour de Fat is a great place to make new friends.
  • Exercise your grin: Get ready to smile for an entire day. Do some smiling exercises. You’re going to be laughing a lot!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: Don’t forget to put on sunscreen before you head out. Even though the festival is now in the evening, you could still get some sunburn at 4pm. Wear light clothing, to keep you cool. And bring a water bottle with you. There will be water stations to refill.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the show!
When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4-9pm
Location:136 N St SE, Washington, DC (exciting new venue!)
Tickets: Buy your tickets here (your last chance!)

Introducing American University, WABA’s newest Leadership Level Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education. Our business members are committed to a creating a healthy, more livable  region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today, meet American University.

American University (AU) is proud to become the newest business member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. American University’s Office of Sustainability has partnered with WABA on a number of occasions to offer educational programming — from Community Rides to Everyday Biking Seminars — and has chosen to become a WABA Business Member to show their support and pride of prioritizing bicycling as a safe and fun commuting habit for American University students, staff, faculty, and neighbors.

American University’s commitment to bicycling stems from the University’s commitment to be a carbon neutral campus by 2020, just one measurable goal within the University’s groundbreaking sustainability initiative which won them the 2016 DC DOEE Sustainability People’s Choice Award.

In order to reach their goals, AU has focused on how their community commutes, and has allocated significant resources to reduce and eliminate carbon commuting. In addition to bicycling advocacy and education, AU hosts an annual Transportation Fair, and was the first in the area to offer its students the U●Pass, an innovative partnership with WMATA that provides unlimited ridership during the semester for an upfront, fixed fee. Affordable and available transportation options are key for getting students to experience opportunities beyond the geographically isolated campus, and more integrated into the broader DC culture and community.

Fortunately, AU has a lot of the infrastructure in place to create safe and fun riding environments for their community, but there is an ongoing challenge of having all members of the community feel more comfortable while bicycling. When asked what the value of becoming a WABA Leadership Level Business Member was for American, Megan Litke, Director of Sustainability at American University stated,

As American University works to achieve climate neutrality, one area of focus has been on transportation and getting people out of single occupancy cars. Our partnership with WABA has helped us offer new resources for bicycle commuters and has helped us establish a bike community on campus. The workshops they offer and the community rides have all been wildly popular and we are thrilled to continue to partner with them to help get our community out of their cars and grow our bicyclist network.

Due to the Office of Sustainability’s progressive outreach and educational programming efforts in partnership with WABA, the AU community has experienced increased ridership and comfort, both on campus and off. We look forward to helping the university meet their ambitious environmental goals in the years to come!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Party For Better Bicycling

Tour de Fat is on Saturday! This beer + music + bike + lots of awesome people festival raises lots of money for WABA. Don’t miss it!

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How does partying for better bicycling work?

WABA and four other rad bike non-profits in our region receive 100% of the proceeds from beer sales during the festival. And that really adds up. In 2015, the event raised more than $50,000.  You’re making a big difference in funding our advocacy and outreach work.

WABA’s advocacy, community outreach and education efforts are all people-powered—it takes a lot of people’s time, expertise, and capacity to organize for new bike lanes, protected infrastructure, and better bike policies. Tour de Fat has the capacity to raise enough support for a full-time WABA staff person – that’s one more person tracking issues, devising campaigns, keeping you up-to-date, and implementing, implementing, implementing.

Who benefits from Tour de Fat?

In order to help spread the bike love, we’ve partnered with four other bicycle non-profit organizations in the region. Check out their cool work:

WABA (that’s us!) works in the greater D.C. area to get more people on bikes, make bicycling safe, and expand and enhance bike infrastructure. We want to make getting to places by bike easier and a more viable transportation option.

Black Women Bike DC is a rad group of women working to build community and support to inspire more black women to bike through education programs, advocacy, and rides.

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling works to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network in Fairfax County, VA. They sponsor social rides throughout Fairfax and work on a laundry list of advocacy campaigns to make bicycling more accessible.

Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts represents the area’s mountain biking community and works to maintain regional trails. MORE organizes hundreds of rides and events per year.

Phoenix Bikes is local bicycle co-op that supports youth in the D.C. metro area, providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment that reinforces teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance and education programs.

 

So don’t forget to get your tickets to the show!
When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4-9pm
Location:136 N St SE, Washington, DC (exciting new venue!)

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More fun for your buck:

Bring some friends and get cheaper tickets on Groupon, enter to win free tickets from Yelp, or volunteer for a shift and get free admission for you and a friend.

Be safe: please don’t drink and bike.

We realize we are a bike organization and are asking you, presumably someone who will be biking, to come out to a beer and music festival, drink beer, and help us raise support for WABA. And the more you drink, the more support we raise. But most importantly, we want you to have fun and to be safe. Please drink and act and bike responsibly.

Consider taking rideshare or public transportation. Tour de Fat is located next to the Nationals baseball stadium, so it is a three minute walk from the Navy Yard Metro Station. If you want to still bike, you should still bike! But if you enjoy a few craft brews, we encourage you to take the metro home. It will be off-peak hours, so you will be able to metro home with your bicycle.