Sherman Circle traffic changes coming in May, upcoming events in the Circle

Sherman Circle traffic changes coming in May, upcoming events in the Circle

The Department of Transportation has announced their decision on changes to Sherman Circle. The original plan called for one lane of the Circle to be closed; however, they have decided to keep the two lane design with some minor modifications. 

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How to take an active role in your child's school safety

How to take an active role in your child's school safety

Since the tragedy of Sandy Hook, parents like me are finding themselves in a whole new world of anxiety. Dropping children off at school is not a guarantee of their safety, and it can make families feel helpless during the hours that their children spend at school.

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The NEAR Act: Are we closer to public safety that goes beyond policing?

The NEAR Act: Are we closer to public safety that goes beyond policing?

It is clear our city welcomes new approaches to violence, and on paper it appears that the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR) is just what this city needs. The NEAR Act, a comprehensive public, health-based approach to violence prevention and intervention, addresses the root causes of violent activities in a long-term, sustainable way.

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What do safer streets look like? WABA wants to show Ward 4

What do safer streets look like? WABA wants to show Ward 4

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) Bike Ambassadors are planning to hit the streets with Ward 4 residents for a mobile traffic safety workshop on Thursday, July 13th at 6:30pm. The workshop will consist of a 5-mile bike ride, and discussion about how to make intersections along the route safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Special attention will be paid to the intersections at 14th and Spring Streets and Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street.

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Upcoming DDOT meeting about Grant & Sherman Circles, decision on one-lane announced

Upcoming DDOT meeting about Grant & Sherman Circles, decision on one-lane announced

The Department of Transportation sent out an email about an upcoming community meeting to discuss their analysis of their recent one-lane test on Grant Circle, and next steps for Grant and Sherman Circles.

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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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DDOT meeting on Grant Circle status, Tuesday, May 2nd

DDOT meeting on Grant Circle status, Tuesday, May 2nd

DDOT has announced a community meeting to discuss Grant Circle. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30-8:00 PM at EL Haynes Public Charter School, (4501 Kansas Avenue NW), in the gymnasium. 

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Here's how to help change DC animal welfare laws (it needs your support)

Here's how to help change DC animal welfare laws (it needs your support)

DC Councilmember Mary Cheh has asked that residents reach out to her and other councilmembers to push for changes to DC's animal welfare laws. Change needs you to help make it happen. Here's how.

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A frozen heart: A dog left outside in freezing temperatures, frustrated neighbors and a city agency that can’t seem to help

A frozen heart: A dog left outside in freezing temperatures, frustrated neighbors and a city agency that can’t seem to help

There’s a dog that’s been stuck in a small fenced-in area in freezing temperatures, snow and wind, and even with the continual efforts of a group of neighbors, neither the homeowner, the dog’s owner nor the city has changed the dog’s situation. 

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Tell the DDOT Director how dangerous you think Grant & Sherman Circles are

Tell the DDOT Director how dangerous you think Grant & Sherman Circles are

We've written pretty extensively about pedestrian safety issues at Grant and Sherman Circles, the near-misses of parents' with strollers, a woman hit at 5th and Grant Circle, cars driving into the middle of the Circle.

Saturday morning I was crossing Grant Circle when I was almost run over by a man in a black SUV. I was crossing at New Hampshire Ave south into the Circle, was about a quarter of the way into the crosswalk when the SUV sped around the Circle from the inside lane, shifted over to the outside lane and bee-lined straight for the New Hampshire exit... and me.

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Paying attention to the wrong thing

Paying attention to the wrong thing

The Washington Post picked up the story of ANC 4C Commissioner Taalib-Din Uqdah's idea of building walkways underneath Grant and Sherman Circles to ensure pedestrian safety. Unlike the Greater Greater Washington story that looked at the realistic problems with tunnels, the WaPo reporter, Perry Smith, doesn't do research into the issue on why pedestrian safety is a priority. Instead, she focuses on the wrong aspect, and calls the tunnel idea "interesting to envision." So are jetpacks. Jetpacks are interesting to envision, too. And they're just as unrealistic.

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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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