An unscientific survey about the Grant Circle one-lane test

An unscientific survey about the Grant Circle one-lane test

You probably noticed the traffic barrels around Grant Circle this week and the new traffic pattern. The bright orange barrels aren't a new landscaping trend, rather part of a test being run by DDOT to see how cutting the circle down to one lane affects surrounding traffic, and whether that change enhances pedestrian safety. 

Petworth News is conducting an unscientific survey about the experiment through Monday, May 29th. We'll share the results here later next week and will make sure that DDOT sees your comments.

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Grant Circle goes to one lane on Sunday, 5/21

Grant Circle goes to one lane on Sunday, 5/21

The DC Department of Transportation is planning to test the single-lane concept in Grant Circle starting Sunday, May 21st at 6pm until noon, Saturday, May 27th. Learn more about it.

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DDOT presents three options for Grant Circle safety changes, looks for feedback

DDOT presents three options for Grant Circle safety changes, looks for feedback

DDOT presented an update on their research on Grant Circle traffic and pedestrian safety. Readers may remember Petworth News getting involved in the discussions surrounding pedestrian safety almost from the beginning of the blog, and pushing for changes to the Circle. Some changes have been made, but they’re temporary. DDOT’s now looking at three options to potentially move forward with after a test later this month — and those learnings will impact Sherman Circle changes as well.

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Resident hit by car at Grant Circle reinforces need for greater pedestrian safety

Resident hit by car at Grant Circle reinforces need for greater pedestrian safety

Unfortunately, a Petworth resident and teacher at EL Haynes was struck by a car on Tuesday morning on Grant Circle. While she's ok, the collision once again points out the need for greater efforts by DDOT and ANC 4C to find a workable solution for pedestrian, bicycle and driver safety along the corridor. An ANC that votes against options for safety, such as those outlined in DDOT's Livability Survey draft recommendations, is not just short-sighted, it's dangerous.

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DDOT releases draft Livability Study recommendations

DDOT releases draft Livability Study recommendations

The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) released draft recommendations for the Rock Creek East II Livability study, their proposal for traffic changes to the Petworth area and Ward 4. The goal of the study is to identify ways for residents and visitors in the Petworth area to commute safely, whether by car, bike or on foot. The guidelines include recommendations for road improvements, bike lanes, crosswalks and more. 

Article by Rachel Maisler, a new Petworth News writer and editor of the Community Calendar.

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Grant Circle gets its stripes

Grant Circle gets its stripes

I spent way too much time sitting at Grant Circle in the past two weeks watching cars navigate the new traffic patterns set up by the new painted lines. But apparently, it was to good effect...

Read more about the latest efforts at increasing safety at Grant Circle:

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Car ends up in Grant Circle

Car ends up in Grant Circle

A car crashed into the middle of Grant Circle last night. This isn't the first time this has happened... at least once a year there's a story about a car driving into the circle park, running over bushes and even taking out the lights. 

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Grant Circle to get new paint for increased safety

Grant Circle to get new paint for increased safety

Walking across Grant Circle can be a risky choice, one that has been frustrating residents for many years. Emails have been sent to DDOT, the DC Council and others for several years, looking for improvements to the circle that will ensure better pedestrian safety and greater traffic calming measures. Previously, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) hadn't been as responsive as it should have been to resident emails. 

I've been in communication with DDOT's Acting Director of Communications, Keith St. Clair, about this issue and he's done a good job of following up with me and with ANC Commissioner Joe Martin about Grant Circle. As a result of resident and Councilmember Brandon Todd's attention (and perhaps a blogger article or three), DDOT is now planning on implementing the work outlined in their recent Notice of Intent (see my previous article, "Painting safety into Grant Circle")...

Read about the changes coming to Grant Circle after the break:

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Painting safety into Grant Circle

Painting safety into Grant Circle

Will paint and pylons keep drivers from zipping around Grant Circle, nearly running over pedestrians and driving with a little more sense of calm and respect? DDOT thinks so.

Over the past couple of weeks, ANC 4C Commissioners Joe Martin and Kathleen Crowley, along with several residents including myself, have contacted DDOT looking for clarification on the status of the Pedestrian Safety Plan (see my prior article) for Grant Circle. This plan called for some rather large changes to the Circle, including eliminating... Read more after the break and see the proposed solution from DDOT:

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Curbing the danger of speeding cars

Curbing the danger of speeding cars

There's been a lot of conversation around the neighborhood and recently on area listservs about pedestrian safety conditions at Grant Circle. The most common complaint is that drivers fail to stop for people trying to walk across the circle.

People have told stories about walking across with their kids, have a car stop to wait for them, only to have another car come zipping around the first and almost hitting the pedestrians.

Residents have been asking for DDOT and Ward leadership to made changes to the Circle for years, and there is a plan that might help increase safety for pedestrians... Read the full article and see pictures of a proposed solution after the break:

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