Category Archives: Bicycles

ANC 2B Statement Regarding the Recent Killing of Carlos Sanchez-Martin in Dupont Circle

-This statement has been updated to include the name of the individual who was killed.

ANC 2B is saddened by the death of Carlos Sanchez-Martin on Friday, September 21st in Dupont Circle. According to reports, Mr. Sanchez-Martin was killed by a person driving an SUV while he was riding a scooter in the area.

“This incident points out that the District’s broad vision of creating a safe and efficient multi-modal transport system has yet to be realized and will not be achieved without proper enforcement, education, and infrastructure changes. As one of the mostly densely populated neighborhoods at the forefront of the adoption of the latest modes of transport in the District, we must figure out how to create safe streets for all,” says ANC 2B Chair Daniel Warwick.

ANC 2B takes the safety of community members very seriously and, to this end, has passed a number of resolutions related to Vision Zero in recent months. The Commission will be discussing potential next steps with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and Councilmember Jack Evans’ office regarding deliberate and focused measures to protect the lives of all residents and visitors, whether driving, walking, or riding a bicycle or scooter. We welcome community feedback on potential measures. 

Please reach out to your single member district commissioner with questions or comments.

ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F Launch Website for Upcoming Dockless Bikeshare Town Hall

ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F are pleased to announce that they have launched a new website for the upcoming town hall on the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) dockless bikeshare demonstration program. The new website can be found at: http://www.DocklessBikeshareTownHall.com.

The new website includes logistical information for the town hall, including a program agenda, and information on DDOT’s demonstration program, including responses from a pre-town hall survey that was sent to each of the five dockless bikeshare companies operating in DC (Mobike, LimeBike, Jump, Spin, and ofo).

For those who will not be able to attend the town hall or those that would like to note their comments or questions in writing, the website also includes a feedback form. The ANCs encourage community members to use the feedback form to note comments or questions they have regarding DDOT’s demonstration program. Results from the feedback form will be compiled and shared with DDOT and the commissioners on ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F (Note: identifying information will not be shared).

As a reminder, the town hall will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N Street NW. There will be an open house with representatives from the five bikeshare companies at 7:00 pm and the town hall will begin at 7:30 pm.

If you have any questions regarding the website or the town hall, please contact Town Hall Co-Chairs William Kennedy Smith (2A04@anc.dc.gov) and Joe Gibbons (2E02@anc.dc.gov), or ANC 2B Executive Director Peter Sacco (2B@anc.dc.gov).

ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F Announce Joint Town Hall on DDOT’s Dockless Bikeshare Program

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F have announced that they will hold a joint town hall to discuss the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) current dockless bikeshare demonstration program. The four ANCs, which collectively cover the Foggy Bottom, West End, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, and Logan Circle neighborhoods, have received many requests to have a more in-depth discussion with DDOT about the program and thus believe that this town hall will provide an ideal opportunity to do so.

The town hall will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N Street NW. There will be an open house with representatives from the five bikeshare companies currently operating in DC (Mobike, LimeBike, Jump, Spin, and ofo) at 7:00 pm and the town hall will begin at 7:30 pm.

The School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens is located a short walk from the Foggy Bottom–GWU station on Metrorail’s blue, orange, and silver lines and from the Dupont Circle station on the red line, as well as a short walk from multiple major Metrobus and DC Circulator routes.

During the town hall, DDOT representatives will be give a presentation regarding the current operations of the demonstration program and any results that the agency has collected thus far. Ample time will be given for community members to ask questions and make comments regarding the program.

More information regarding the demonstration program can be found here. A promotional flyer for the town hall can be found here.

If you have any questions about this town hall, please contact ANC 2B Chair Nicole Mann at: 2B08@anc.dc.gov, or ANC 2B Executive Director Peter Sacco at: 2B@anc.dc.gov.

We look forward to your attendance at the town hall!

NEWS: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes, June 5

ANC2B Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee
Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW)

Meeting Minutes

1. Introductions and review of scope of goals for the TPI Committee

In attendance:

Tom Hay
Daniel Warwick
Brian Knudsen
David Suls
Comm. Mike Feldstein (2B01)
Comm. Noah Smith (2B09)
Moira McCauley
Comm. Will Stephens (2B08)
Tom Lipinsky (Office of CM Evans)
James Nozar
Rudi Riet
Susan Volman
Sarah Moulton
Comm. Mike Silverstein (2B06)
Comm. Abigail Nichols (2B05)
Mike Brennan

Committee Chair Noah Smith (2B09) opened the meeting with a review and update of the scope and role of the committee:

-Communicate with the Dupont Circle community and serve as a resource for neighbors on matters related to transportation and the public infrastructure. -Coordinate with other ANCs -overlap of issues with neighboring ANCs is important to analyze so we can compare successes and failures.

-Citywide transportation and infrastructure issues – upcoming opportunity to comment on legislation – formulate a statement to contribute.

2. Update on progress of goals and assignments

Walking tours of individual SMDs so show DDOT deficiencies in pedestrian safety, parking and tree boxes-contacts have been made and will begin with 2B08 and Will Stephens.

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DDOT signage along 15th street cycle track is inconsistent and confusing -Contact has been made with DDOT. Discussed need for consistent signage. Many of the new enhancements across the city are in “beta” or testing mode, so permanent solutions are few and far between. Issues may be addressed once focus moves away from building new cycle tracks to actually maintaining the existing ones. Committee will look at national and international standards for signage. Uniformity and simplicity are key.

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Rudi Riet and Kishan Putta -Repainting of R and Q cycle tracks. -Contact has been made at DDOT about need for painting. DDOT agreed and said they would address. Need to track progress.

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Kishan Putta -16th street bus lane -Majority of DC Council have made statements in support. Feasibility study is next step and would address pedestrian safety.

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Mike Silverstein -Circulator advocacy -There have been public outreach events. SW Waterfront and Shaw / Dupont are being considered as part of new routes. National Mall route is also being considered with funding coming from parking fees around the Mall. Either way, it looks like Dupont will get a new route through the neighborhood.

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David Suls -Identify process to expand on street recycling -No specific process outside of a Business Improvement District (BID) to get recycling bins. Challenge may be who will be responsible for emptying the cans. Noah Smith will assist in getting contact at DPW.

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Mike Silverstein -WMATA -Dupont North Metro stop -allowing ANC to water trees on Metro plaza. Bring proposal to next meeting. Added to agenda for July.

4. Discussion on the Residential Parking Program (RPP) for 1000 Block of 16th Street, NW (2B05)

Residents of the 1000 block of 16th Street (2B05) want to be eligible to participate in the residential parking program (RPP) and receive RPP passes. Mike Brennan of the Presidential Coop in the 1000 block of 16th Street NW explained that his building is not part of the RPP program. He was told by DDOT that he needs to present a petition to the ANC for inclusion.

Noah Smith explained that in the RPP, buildings are tied to whether there is restricted parking on your block. Intent is not to change any of the parking spaces. There are no residential spots on the block. Noah suggested the ANC have more discussion and find out why the building was not included and the implications before endorsing the plan. The ANC offered to help the residents talk to the right people at DDOT to have their questions answered.

UPDATE: DDOT responded that the block is zoned commercial is not RPP eligible.

5. Draft Parking Statements

The committee spent considerable time defining the actual issues associate with parking in our neighborhood. This exercise is meant to develop clear and impactful goals for the committee to pursue related to parking this year. For each of the following issues, the committee will develop realistic options to address the concerns and present them to the community for guidance.

Visitor Parking Program (Will / Daniel / Noah)

Residents have difficulty securing parking privileges for recurring visitors, such as home health aides, contractors, and nannies.

Residential Parking Issues (Daniel)

Residents have difficulty finding parking within a reasonable distance of their homes.

Under Utilized Parking (Susan / Rudi)

There are parking spaces, both public and private, in our neighborhood that are underutilized. This could be due to a lack of awareness of private parking options, unnecessary restrictions in place, or poor utilization of multi-use parking, among other reasons.

Business Patrons (Moira)

Businesses often have difficulty guaranteeing parking availability for their patrons.

Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center

 

NEWS: Transportation Committee Sets Goals for 2014

(This post is co-located at my ANC2B09 blog)

On April 23rd, the Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee met for the first time. Created in March by ANC2B, the committee helps to coordinate many of the ongoing transportation, traffic, and infrastructure projects in our neighborhood and helps make real improvements to our community.

The committee membership is fantastic and includes five commissioners and five residents, all passionate about transportation and our neighborhood infrastructure.

At our first meeting, we set short- and long-term goals for the year that we believe are achievable and will have a significant positive impact in our neighborhood.

TPI Goals

Click to read our 2014 committee goals

Detailed minutes, which include timeframes for the above goals, can be downloaded here: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes 4-23-14

The committee is also a forum and a resource for anyone in the neighborhood. We encourage you to bring issues to our monthly meetings or to contact us directly. You can contact the committee by emailing TPI@dupontcircleanc.net or contact me, the committee chair, at noah.smith@dupontcircleanc.net.