last night the Mount Pleasant ANC held a meeting at LA CASA on Mount Pleasant Street the main focus was the on Traffic Calming and Bike Lanes on the 2000 Block of Park Road in Mount Pleasant
the meeting was opened with an open forum about bike lanes and traffic calming...
I was late a homework project with my older son took longer than expected it turned out great but... it stole my focus and sent me rushing up to Mount Pleasant Street only to barge into a meeting already well into the discussion that means so much to me
my apologies to all for my tardiness I assure you... it will happen again
having missed what was discussed I was not sure where to start before I could remove my jacket and sit down the microphone was passed to me to answer a question how bike lanes had been lumped into a notion of traffic calming
not only was I ill prepared for public speaking the microphone and my not being settled into the surroundings did not make things easier I tried to speak on the fly went over my time limit and well may have rambled off course
the microphone was passed around
there was a strong bicycle presence there seemed to be zero opposition to the bike lanes well, other than the opposition of one of the ANC members as it appears to me the Bike Lanes are already on the cities' master plan for Bike Lanes which would have little to do with a citizen's notion that bike lanes could be a tool used for traffic calming it was as if one of the ANC members was trying to use my efforts to stall the DDOT Bike Lane plan all in an effort to focus on the future traffic calming effort
the Traffic Calming study for this section of Park Road will happen but... why can there not be Bike Lanes until that point?
Bike Lanes are inexpensive the strips on the road could work in advanced to aid our understanding of what needs to be done the bike lanes could help the group doing the study to see the need for inclusion of bicycles in their study as well as showing the residents of this block the value of a bike lane and the importance of a bike lane for bikes and car traffic as well as the positive side effects for resident pedestrian traffic
in the end the ANC voted in favor of continuing with the plan to paint the Bike Lanes on this stretch of Park Road
a small victory for the cycling community of Washington DC
thanks to all who attended especially Eric of WABA another evening of Eric's taken away from his private life and offered up to the bicycle community
here is a message from Eric Gilland of WABA: Washington Area Bicycle Association
I am contacting you because we need your help to support greener facilities for Mt. Pleasant. If you live, shop, work or visit Mt Pleasant, and if you have good ideas about how we can improve the biking facilities there, please contact ANC 1D chairman Gregg Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-234-6646. We are working together to improve the neighborhood for everyone.
One critical issue that the ANC faces right now are proposed Bike Lanes on Park Road leading to Rock Creek National Park and Trail. Despite being a means of calming traffic through a residential corridor where motorists often speed, the lanes are facing opposition from some community leaders.
Please attend the next ANC meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the La Casa Community Center at 3166 Mt. Pleasant St., NW and show your support for bikes in Mt. Pleasant!
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