Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will host a public safety meeting Monday night, March 10th at 7pm at the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW.
The meeting is in response to a series of violent crimes in the area south of Dupont Circle and other nightlife areas in DC. Residents and officials will be briefed on recent incidents and steps being taken to ensure public safety.
Representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department will take part, along with the Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Other District officials will also be there.
The primary focus of the meeting will be public safety, but there will also be an update on steps being taken to enforce the District’s noise laws.
Please read this contribution by Public Safety Liaison and 2B09 Commissioner Noah Smith:
Our friends at the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) of the Metropolitan Police Department are asking neighbors to “Like” them on Facebook for updates on new initiatives and community events. The GLLU has been a great partner to the neighborhood and the ANC for several years.
The GLLU is located right off of Dupont Circle, but provides provides 24 hour assistance to members of the LGBT community throughout the city as well as the police department. Their mission is to prevent crime and the fear of crime in the gay and lesbian communities and work with others to build safe and healthy communities throughout the District of Columbia.
There is a GLLU member on call 24 hours a day who can be reached either at GLLU@dc.gov or by calling 202-506-0714 anytime. Please “Like” their Facebook Page for more information.
At its January 2013 meeting, the ANC approved the FY 2012 Annual Report submitted by Chairman Will Stephens. The annual report provides a snapshot of the activities of the ANC from October 2011 through September 2012 — including votes taken, issues discussed, achievements, personnel, staff, and finances.
Particularly interesting are the statistics showing how the ANC voted on regulatory applications (alcohol, public space, zoning, historic preservation) over the course of the year.
DC law requires ANCs to submit annual reports to the Council each year. At minimum, these required reports must include a breakdown of the ANCs finances and key activities and votes. The Dupont Circle ANC has in recent years generated annual reports that are meant to serve a broader audience — including new and old residents, businesses, other ANCs, and other community stakeholders. It is intended to be attractive and easy to read, in addition to being informative.
You can find the FY 2012 Annual Report on our Annual Reports page, along with reports going back to 1976, the first year of the ANCs.
Location: The Chastleton Ballroom, 1701 16th St., NW (corner of 16th & R)
The Dupont Circle and Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) jointly announce a public meeting for residents, business owners and organizations to discuss bicycle safety issues in the community. With biking for transit expanding rapidly in our community, many issues, concerns, and questions have arisen. Some topics for discussion are:
The District’s plans to make DC more bike/pedestrian-friendly; any plans or ideas for the Dupont-Logan area and its residents.
The laws/rules about street/sidewalk biking; consequences for those who break them. Whether any of these laws/rules should be revised or updated by the City Council.
New bike lanes: Where/when are they coming and where else are they needed. Tips for dealing with the new 2-way bike lanes for bikers, drivers, and pedestrians. Also, bike parking.
After hearing strong concerns about road safety at a public listening session on in June, the Dupont and Logan Circle communities are working together to discuss these and any other issues that residents wish to bring up. At this meeting, District transportation and police officials will be in attendance, in addition to community leaders and bicycling experts. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association, the Logan Circle Citizens Association, and the Urban Neighborhood Alliance are partnering with the ANC’s on this important community listening and education session.
This is an opportunity to have your voices heard on bicycle safety concerns whether you’re a daily or occasional biker, a pedestrian, or a driver. The meeting will be a guided discussion to help inform and guide the city’s public safety agenda so that your bicycle safety concerns can be addressed productively and collaboratively — if not at the meeting, at least in the near future.
We hope to see you and hear from you and your neighbors at the meeting.
On June 20th, the Dupont Circle ANC and their Public Safety Liaisons, Noah Smith and Kishan Putta, hosted a listening session on public safety hosted by the Jewish Community Center. The meeting was a forum for community members to communicate concerns about neighborhood safety issues and to influence the public safety agenda of the ANC moving forward.
Over 45 residents, business owners and government officials attended to hear those concerns and form relationships to address them in the future. The ANC was very pleased to have Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans speak at the opening of the meeting, and also to have many representatives from the Meteropolitan Police Department — including Commander Reese (2nd District), Commander Kishter (3rd District), Lt. McDonald (PSA 208), Lt. Lindsay (PSA 301), and others. Representatives from the District Department of Transportation also attended.
A majority of the discussion was focused on either traffic safety concerns or crime in the area. Here is a roundup on the topics that were voiced:
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety
Bicyclist and pedestrian safety were of chief concern to many neighbors. Cycling is growing quickly throughout the city and safely sharing the road and sidewalk is a top priority.
Concerns were raised about the 15th St cycle track and how it can sometimes be dangerous when cars cross the bike lanes in the middle of a block and when driver park their cars and need to get to the sidewalk. There was a great suggestion to increase signage on the cycle track to better warn cars and bikers about other road users.
The rules for how and where it is legal to bike on the sidewalk were discussed and it was agreed that more biking infrastructure and education.
Construction projects on major roadways, such as 14th St, often use sidewalk space, forcing pedestrians to either cross the street or walk in a traffic lane. This can last for a year or more depending on the construction project. Options for how to address this issue should be explored with city agencies.
Vehicular Traffic Concerns
Several people voiced concerns about how dangerous it is to walk and bike in and around the Dupont traffic circle’s lanes:
The timing of lights and pedestrian signage is off, often forcing pedestrians to stand on small medians in the middle of traffic.
Drivers may be confused about which lanes will take them to which streets and they often illegally turn, putting pedestrians at risk.
One suggestion was to add more helpful signage in the circle. Another suggestion was to add traffic cameras to the circle and in the neighborhood
Crime and Law Enforcement
There was initial discussion about the timing of Police Service Area (PSA) meetings. There are two PSAs in two separate police districts that service the Dupont Circle neighborhood (208 and 301 in the 2nd and 3rd districts respectively) and leadership from those areas meet on a regular basis with neighbors. The timing of those meetings was of concern to some neighbors, especially those concerned about crimes that cross the PSA/district borders. The police Lieutenants in charge of those PSAs understood the concerns and are discussing the best ways to address the issue – they stressed that they are always available by email or phone.
Residents asked about how best to report suspicious activity or crimes in progress. MPD provided some fantastic information to help:
If there is ever a question about who to call – Call 9-1-1
There was interest in Community Impact Statements to influence the sentencing of people found guilty of crimes in the neighborhood. A Community Impact Statement is a description of how a crime or series of crimes have affected our community.
The neighborhood was encouraged to submit one community impact statement on behalf of the entire community, which could be coordinated through the ANC.
Wednesday June 20th 6:30pm The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is hosting a community meeting for residents and business owners to discuss public safety issues in the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at the Jewish Community Center located 1529 16th St., NW. Police and Transportation officials will be in attendance, in addition to community leaders, elected representatives, and public safety liaisons.
This is an opportunity to have your voices heard on concerns, issues, and ideas from neighborhood crime to pedestrian and bicycle safety — and for you to help inform and guide the city’s public safety agenda. It will not be an opportunity for blaming and alleging, but rather an opportunity have your concerns noted and discussed so that they can be addressed productively and collaboratively — if not at the meeting, at least in the near future.
At our April 18, 2012 Special Meeting, the Dupont Circle ANC formally appointed two resident volunteers to serve as our Public Safety Liaisons:
Noah Smith is an emergency medical services (EMS) specialist for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration focusing on medical and roadway safety initiatives. As a volunteer EMT for over seven years in Washington DC and Maryland he is passionate about public service and public safety, especially the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and all road users. He lives in ANC 2B03 near the S Street Dog Park.
Kishan has lived in ANC 2B04 for over seven years and moved to Washington in 2003 from Los Angeles where he was a journalist covering local government and public safety issues for the Los Angeles Times. Kishan also covered crime and local government as a reporter for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. In Washington, he works as a health care adviser, but has brought his interest in urban street safety and crime prevention issues to the Dupont Circle community in his role as public safety liaison for ANC 2B.
The Commission is very pleased to work with Noah and Kishan, and we look forward to being more proactive on public safety issues, broadly defined. The above information will be available on our Public Safety Liaisons page. Be on the lookout for future information and reports, as well.