The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the project managers will be holding a public informational meeting on the New Hampshire streetscape project this Wednesday, August 29th at the Flats (2000 N Street NW) at 7:00pm. The discussion will revolve around the planned project, which will reconstruct NH Ave from Dupont Circle down to Washington Circle.
The Department of Transportation is planning to host 2 meetings called “Parking Think Tanks” in the next few weeks. The Dupont ANC already hosted one public meeting on parking earlier this year (summary here), and we plan to host another follow-up meeting in the next 2 months. Please be on the lookout. In the meantime, here is the full notice from DDOT on their “Parking Think Tanks”:
(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a series of community conversations, called Parking Think Tanks, to gauge the state of parking and to solicit public input on the future of parking in the District. DDOT envisions that these conversations will contribute to the development of a comprehensive curbside parking management plan.
In the ten years since DDOT’s establishment both the District and the role of transportation have changed dramatically. The population has grown; vehicle ownership has declined; transportation options and choices have greatly expanded; and more people are taking advantage of these new options. DDOT is asking for citizen input to develop strategies and recommendations to better balance the parking needs of everyone -employees, residents, and visitors – who competes for a share of the limited curbspace.
The goal of parking management in the District is to improve mobility and convenience by:
× Preserving access to parking in residential areas for residents;
× Promoting and facilitating commerce by prioritizing customer and commercial vehicle access in commercial areas; and
× Ensuring the safety of all transportation users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists.
DDOT is seeking comments and recommendations on a number of its current parking programs such as the Residential and Visitor Permit Parking (RPP) programs, Performance Based Parking, parking meters, the management of reserved / restricted spaces (such as commercial loading, car sharing, ADA parking, etc.) and bicycle and scooter parking accommodations. Details about DDOT’s current parking programs are available online at http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Services/Parking+Services. In addition, DDOT is seeking suggestions for future parking enhancement opportunities
Anyone who visits, lives or works in the District is invited to attend a Parking Think Tank and/or to share their input via an online survey. The input received will help shape future parking policies and programs to create a more efficient use of parking resources.
The following Parking Think Tanks are scheduled to take place as follows:
× Tuesday, August 28, 2012
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
One Judiciary Square (Old Council Chambers)
441 4th Street, NW
× Tuesday, September 18, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ora Glover Community Room
1800 Good Hope Road, SE
The schedule for the additional Parking Think Tanks, the online survey and the information that will be presented at these meetings will be made available online at ddot.dc.gov/ParkingThinkTanks. The same DDOT presentation will be made at each Parking Think Tank.
Following the Parking Think Tanks, DDOT will host a public summit to report on the input received from the public; how the input may potentially shape the outcome of comprehensive curbside parking management plan; and the agency’s next steps.
Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to Angelo Rao at 202-671-1370 or email@example.com.
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:
- Reporting Suspicious Activity
- Text to 50411
- Call 202-727-9099
- Citizen Reporting Tools on MPD Website for Specific Property Crimes
- If there is ever a question about who to call – Call 9-1-1
- Reporting Suspicious Activity
- 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.
We’ve added a new “Calendar” to the ANC website. It’s an open calendar where anyone can post events. You do not need to subscribe or be approved. The interface is very user-friendly, as well. You can add descriptive text, map links, and even graphics to your event listing.
Our hope is that this new page will become the go-to public calendar for Dupont neighborhood events, meetings, hearings, and other items of interest — such as summer movie nights, Capital Pride, Taste of Dupont, community meetings, candidate forums, ANC meetings, meetings of other neighborhood groups, and more!
Just go to our website at http://www.dupontcircleanc.net and click on “Calendar.” [Choose “Calendar” on the above menu]
This is a very exciting development for our website, and we hope that this service will benefit the community.
The Revised April meeting agendas are now available here.
On April 11th, we will be meeting in the Somers Room at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Ave NW) for our regular April 2012 meeting at 7:00pm.
Due to a high number of regulatory applications this month, we have split up the agenda into two meetings. The follow-up special meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW).