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“this plan should slow traffic and dramatically improve safety”

by Prince Of Petworth October 7, 2016 at 11:40 am 3 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Kristine Marsh

“Dear PoPville,

A group of residents who live along Maryland Ave NE are gathering signatures for a Thank You letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her efforts to move forward a plan that will add bike lanes to the street all the way from near the Capitol to H Street / Starburst intersection. The Maryland Ave Safety Project will also narrow the road from four lanes to two lanes, add left turn lanes, and improve intersections to make them safer for pedestrians. Anyone who’s walked or driven along Maryland Ave NE probably knows how fast traffic currently travels along the street — this plan should slow traffic and dramatically improve safety.

The changes could be implemented as early as next spring. To learn more and help keep the project moving forward, sign on here.”

  • Ampersand

    Oh gosh this thing. There has been a war on the anc-6a listserv over this, as people who somehow escaped hearing about this for the past 6 years have come out against it. Who needs facts when you have emotions? The people keeping calm and promoting the project are saints.
    Also, I would be wary of writing a letter to Bowser, who I am fairly sure doesn’t know about this project and couldn’t care less. The risk is that if you do clue her in, her Zero Vision policy could get it canceled. Don’t play with fire!
    In the meantime, a reminder to everyone here to BE INVOLVED WITH LOCAL POLITICS. Register at your local address (don’t keep that parents’ house registration so you can vote for Hillary in Ohio), pay attention to ANC races, join your local listserv, attend local meetings on issues you care about. This stuff affects your life in a big way.

  • I hope this doesn’t give casual bikers the illusion that this will make it safe now to bike on Maryland Ave. Same drivers, they’ll just figure out a new way to drive crazy.

    • Ampersand

      For what it’s worth, I had a Maryland Ave address for 4+ years and bike commuted down Maryland literally every day. When I had problems (i.e., close calls) it was usually related to drivers speeding and/or swerving between lanes, especially around left-turning cars. The point of this project is to minimize both of those issues: one lane each direction means less swerving, and a center turn lane means left-turners don’t block those behind. It won’t be a buffered or otherwise separated bike lane, which would have been great, but I think it will still be an improvement. Overall the new streetscape should be safer for pedestrians, cyclists, AND drivers.


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