ANC 2B will not hold our monthly Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 15th.
ANC 2B will hold its July Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.
The agenda includes:
- Welcome and review of meeting norms
- Discussion of proposed traffic safety improvements at the intersection of 19th Street and T Street NW
- Discussion of proposed pedestrian safety improvements on Massachusetts Avenue NW between 17th Street and 18th Street
- Discussion of proposed public space improvements as part of the Stead Park Recreation Center Project, including updates to the P Street NW sidewalks, plantings, hardware, and bike parking
- Discussion of a proposed resolution requesting increased enforcement and education of traffic laws by the Department of Public Works and the Metropolitan Police Department
Additionally, while not scheduled for discussion, the TPI Committee would like to note that all of the materials for the proposed pedestrian, cyclist, and curbside management safety improvements along 17th Street NW can be found here.
About ANC 2B’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee
The purpose of the Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee is to promote a safe and effective transportation system for the residents and visitors of Dupont Circle and improve the use of public space in our neighborhood.
Co-Chairs of the TPI Committee
- Randy Downs (Commissioner, 2B05) and Scott Davies (Commissioner, 2B09)
ANC 2B Appointed and Confirmed Committee Members
- Susan Volman – Resident of SMD 2B04
- J. Alan Rueckgauer – Resident of SMD 2B02
- Thomas Hay – Resident of SMD 2B09
- Matt Johnson – Resident of SMD 2B06
- Lawrence Sprowls – Resident of SMD 2B04
- Matthew Sampson – Resident of SMD 2B01
- David Suls – Representative from the Golden Triangle BID
The role of the TPI Committee serves as a forum for discussing matters related to the following and making recommendations to the ANC:
- Parking in the neighborhood, including valet applications, loading zones, the enhanced residential parking program and visitor parking
- Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety
- Beautification, repair, and streetscapes
- Public transit
- Public parks
- Matters before the DC Council related to transportation and public space
The committee will serve as a resource for commissioners and as a point of contact for DDOT, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) and the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA). Commissioners may seek guidance from the committee on public space applications in their Single Member Districts. The committee will facilitate training for commissioners and others on transportation issues and host meetings to gather public input. The committee will also develop guidance for consideration of public space issues for review by the ANC.
Due to expected time constraints at ANC 2B’s July 11th, 2018 meeting, the ANC is publishing draft resolutions for two items on the ANC’s General Agenda. Please see below for the two draft resolutions:
The District Department of Transportation’s Dupont / Kalorama Curbside Management Study
WHEREAS, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) initiated a city-wide Curbside Management Study in October 2014,
WHEREAS, DDOT’s study of parking in ANC2B and 2D was extremely thorough and identified the following conditions (among others):
- The number of vehicles with Residential Parking Permits (RPP) is 1.7 times greater than the number of RPP spaces in North Dupont and 2.6 times greater in South Dupont;
- 30% of vehicles parked in RPP spaces in North Dupont/Sheridan-Kalorama are vehicles registered to addresses in Ward 2 outside of North Dupont/Sheriden-Kalorama;
- There is limited parking availability during mid-day, evenings, and weekends in North Dupont, and parking occupancy throughout Dupont and Sheridan-Kalorama is greater than 80% on weekends;
- Overnight parking occupancy is more than 90% in North Dupont and Sheridan-Kalorama;
- In South Dupont, occupancy is indicative of employment/retail-centric destinations (70% of the occupancy is generated by out-of-state parkers);
- There are 125 unregulated spaces in the area (neither RPP nor metered); and
WHEREAS, Dupont Circle is one of the most walkable and transit-dependent neighborhoods in the District of Columbia,
WHEREAS, according to the Census American Community Survey 2012-2016 5-year sample for Census Tracts which include the Dupont Circle neighborhood, 52% of Dupont Circle households do not own a vehicle,
WHEREAS, among households which do not own a vehicle, more effective management of curbside space towards a higher vacancy rate allows the occasional parking of carshare and rental cars vehicles, use of a space as pickup/dropoff, and parking for visitors,
WHEREAS, DDOT held an initial Stakeholders Meeting May 2015, and subsequent Stakeholders Meetings in August 2015, May and June 2016, and March 2018 to discuss the data from DDOT’s Curbside Management Study, the neighborhood-scale curbside planning approach, neighborhood priorities, and short- and long-term recommendations for the Dupont and Sheridan-Kalorama ANCs 2B and 2D,
WHEREAS, through these meetings with DDOT and separate meetings of the Stakeholders group in January and March 2018, the following overarching priorities were identified to enhance fair and equitable management of limited curbside access:
- Residential Permit Parking: Manage the neighborhood supply and demand in favor of residents;
- Visitor Parking: Accommodate needed visitor parking through a controlled-access program;
- Commercial Parking: Manage commercial parking spillover onto residential streets while ensuring adequate parking for commercial access for patrons and deliveries;
- Enforcement: Enhance the consistency and timeliness of enforcement of parking rules and violations;
- Signage: Clarify and simplify signage for parking spaces to avoid confusing and conflicting information;
WHEREAS, in June 2018 ANC 2B conducted an online survey of residents of, businesses within, and visitors to ANC 2B regarding proposals for a Local Parking Management Pilot Program,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B received nearly 200 responses to the survey ranking the vast majority of the proposed pilot as positive on a one to five scale, and
WHEREAS, ANC 2B believes the recommendations as a whole and implementing them in a coordinated manner are vital to the success of the Local Parking Management Pilot Program and improving productivity of curbside space within Dupont Circle.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that ANC 2B requests DDOT to proceed with the Local Parking Management Pilot Program by implementing these recommendations:
For neighborhood residential parking:
- Implement smaller Local Parking Management Zones within Ward 2 starting with a zone 2B/2D initially aligned with ANC boundaries
- Designate all currently undesignated parking spaces as RPP/local zone or metered as appropriate for their location.
- Implement a pay-to-park program that designates all RPP-designated public street spaces as requiring payment by all vehicles not having the local zone’s resident parking permit, a valid local zone visitor permit, or other authorized permit.
- Govern the pay-to-park program by time-of-day or day-of-week restrictions and consider adjusting hourly pricing to manage for a level of vacancy, similar to performance parking
- Implement an online system for local zone residents to purchase time-limited (daily/multi-day/week) visitor parking permits for identified guest vehicles
- Consider implementing an application process to purchase need-based parking permits within the local zone such as for home-healthcare workers or school teachers;
- Consolidate all residential parking permits issued under the DDOT online system to ensure validity and reduce the potential for abuse;
- Consider imposing reasonable limits, or graduated cost increases, for multiple Resident Vehicle Parking Permits registered at a single dwelling unit;
- Implement grid-style signage to reduce the number of signs and provide “at-a-glance” understanding of when parking in a space is legal; the cost; what permits are honored;
- Right size diplomatic parking; and
For neighborhood commercial curbside management:
- Consider additional paid commercial loading zones (fixed and flex/time-of-day);
- Based upon results from the Nightlife Parking Demonstration in South Dupont, consider additional pickup/dropoff zones for ride-hail vehicles, taxicabs, and limousines;
- Evaluate dedicated taxi stand locations;
- Leverage underutilized off-street parking where feasible.
For all neighborhood curbsides:
- Improve wayfinding signage;
- Consider curb, travel lane, or other forms of indicators to clearly delineate where vehicles are allowed, permanent No Parking areas such as building entrances and fire lanes, and the borders of bus stops or hydrants; and
- Implement practices to provide consistent, effective, and timely enforcement.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC 2B asks the Council of The District of Columbia to provide the requisite legislative and fiscal authority in a timely manner allowing DDOT to expedite implementation of this project; and to also require the full cooperation of the Department of Public Works to provide necessary enforcement and other supporting services for this project.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC 2B requests DDOT present an update on progress to ANC 2B by the ANC’s December 2018 meeting; and a schedule shall be established for subsequent progress reports to the ANC by DDOT.
Proposed Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Curbside Management Safety Improvements Along 17th Street NW
WHEREAS, ANC 2B represents a very diverse neighborhood of both residents and businesses which rely upon many modes of transportation including rail, bus, cars, scooters, bicycles, and walking,
WHEREAS, cycling is most popular in neighborhoods and tourist areas closest to downtown and in the northwest quadrant of the city, D.C. ranking third in the nation for bicycle commuting among large cities and first on the East Coast,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B has a long-standing record of supporting walking, biking, car sharing, and use of public transit to become one of the most walkable, bikeable, and accessible neighborhoods in the District and country,
WHEREAS, the population density in the Dupont Circle neighborhood has continued to increase, with an increasing percentage of the population choosing to utilize the vast network of bike lanes for commuting as well as recreation,
WHEREAS, increasing bicycle and vehicle traffic congestion has created the need to expand the network of protected bike lanes in the Dupont Circle neighborhood,
WHEREAS, the 15th Street NW protected bike lanes are increasingly congested during rush hour, creating unsafe conditions,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B recognizes that the grid of one-way streets can present challenges to travel for cyclists resulting in a substantial amount of resident, commuter, and visitor bicyclists regularly ride northbound, against traffic, on 17th Street NW,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B supports access for all users to the businesses along 17th Street NW, which forms one of the commercial backbones of our neighborhood,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B recognizes that cyclists and pedestrians are an especially vulnerable group of road users,
WHEREAS, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) is in the process of introducing traffic calming measures throughout the District as part of its Vision Zero initiative to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety,
WHEREAS, design elements to foster these safety efforts include such elements as protected and unprotected bike lanes, pedestrian islands, dedicated bus lanes, restrictive traffic crossing lanes; dedicated commercial and rideshare zones,
WHEREAS, ANC 2B supports traffic calming tools to increase pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety, and
WHEREAS at the regular and duly-noticed public meeting of the ANC2B TPI Committee on May 16th, 2018, District Department of Transportation presented further conducted studies and design developments regarding the 17th street two-way protected bike lane, pedestrian, & curbside management safety improvements including:
- First draft design of the Protected Bike Lane Concept Signage and Striping Layout Plan (New Hampshire to Massachusetts Avenue)
- Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs) Model
- 17th Street Traffic Analysis Study
- 17th Street NW Supplemental Analyst Memo
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that ANC 2B supports DDOT’s further study and focused community engagement of the proposal to install pedestrian, cyclist, and curbside management safety improvements along 17th Street NW between New Hampshire Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue and encourages the study of the following elements:
- the impact and study of commercial properties, service deliveries, and residential parking
- additional traffic studies, consultations, and consideration of additional locations that are reserved for loading during portions or all of the day for commercial loading, retail customers, and local residents
- pick up and drop off zones for taxis and transportation network companies (e.g. Uber and Lyft)
- consideration of one-side-of-street-only commercial loading
- extending the studied area and protections to Farragut Square
- consideration of the conversion of 17th Street south of Massachusetts Avenue into a two-way roadway at all times by eliminating the one-way southbound configuration that exists during the morning peak period to eliminate potential confusion caused by switching access
- signage advising cyclists they must stop/yield for pedestrians at all times
- signage advising pedestrians they must cross only at the crosswalk
- painted curb bulb-outs
- consideration of angled parking options
- a shared street / woonerf / parklet concept along the commercial corridor of 17th Street
- should protected bike lanes be installed, a barrier, such as a raised curb, to more effectively separate the cyclist and pedestrians from traffic and parking and to be difficult for drivers to violate
- should protected bike lanes be installed, signal phasing at locations where traffic may turn right across the bikeway to separate turning vehicles from through cyclists and protect against crashes
- should protected bike lanes be installed, corner islands where viable to reduce turning speeds across protected bike lanes and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians
- should protected bike lanes be installed, bike signals where such use would not overly limit the amount of signal phase time given to cyclists, rather than forcing cyclists to rely on pedestrian signals
- should protected bike lanes be installed, treatments such as bike boxes and two-stage turn queue boxes at intersections to enable cyclists to safely transition onto and off of the protected bike lanes at cross streets
- should the protected bike lanes end at New Hampshire Ave NW, consider how cyclists wishing to continue north beyond New Hampshire Avenue will be able to complete their trip
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC 2B requests and expects that the DC Department of Transportation and the project team continue to engage and consult with the ANC, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, residents, merchants, business workers, business distributors, and other community stakeholders on the continued development of the project including a stakeholder consultation plan and timeline to be presented to the ANC no later than August 15, 2018.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC 2B requests and expects DDOT to be timely, transparent, and accountable to the community concerning issues that could cause delay or alteration of the project.
ANC 2B will hold its June Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.
The agenda includes:
- Welcome and review of meeting norms
- Discussion of Dupont / Kalorama Curbside Management Study next steps
- Discussion of committee position on whether bikes/scooters should be banned from being ridden on sidewalks in Ward 2 (outside of the Central Business District, where it is currently banned)
- Discussion of the stakeholder engagement process for the proposed 17th Street NW cycletrack
- Discussion regarding a request by the District Department of Transportation to install HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signals at 16th Street and Church Street NW
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B is seeking input from residents, workers, owners/managers of businesses, and visitors regarding strategies for curbside management in the Dupont Circle community to present to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Curbside management refers to use of public curbsides to provide residential, commercial, and recreational access.
We would appreciate your input on our survey by 11:59 pm Monday, May 28th. We will be analyzing the results to inform a resolution that the Commission will consider at our upcoming public meeting on June 13th.
Thank you in advance!