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

14th and Spring Road (photo: Rachel Maisler)

by Rachel Maisler

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.

“Ideally, participants will ride away on Thursday with resources, experiences, and the enthusiasm to empower their neighbors to take the Vision Zero pledge,” said Jon Gonzalez, Bike Ambassador Coordinator.

Vision Zero is a campaign focused on making DC streets safer for all users and eliminating transportation-related fatalities or serious injuries by 2024.

Gonzalez says that this workshop offers a unique way for Ward 4 residents to learn more about traffic safety in their neighborhood while becoming more invested in Vision Zero.

The ride will depart from the Columbia Heights Metro station (the northeast corner by BBT Bank) at 6:30pm. Participants should bring a bike (or pick up a Bikeshare), helmet and water.

“We want to encourage the entire District to become involved in the Vision Zero campaign,” Gonzalez said.

From WABA's free registration page:

Come out to our first mobile workshop, Walk, Bike or Drive... We Want You Alive: A traffic safety workshop on July 13th at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing Vision Zero, which is the initiative to end all traffic fatalities by 2024. Next, we will take a short bike ride to visit two site intersections that and look at ways we can redesign them and make it safer for all roadway users. You will have an opportunity to make sure your voice is heard and help make the streets you use in your neighborhood safer. Join us July 13th at 6:30 pm in front of Columbia Heights Metro on the Northbound side.  

RSVP for the free event on EventBrite >

Rachel Maisler

Rachel joined Petworth News first as the editor for the Community Calendar, and then against her better judgement, agreed to become a contributing writer to the blog in August 2016.

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