WABA is scheduled to host a traffic safety workshop titled “Walk, Bike or Drive… We Want You Alive” at the Mount Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The workshop will focus on Vision Zero, D.C.’s ambitious initiative aimed at ending all traffic fatalities by the year 2024.
Cyclists are instructed to gather on the lawn at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes (1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW) for the ceremony, which is slated for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.
The plan, says Father Dominique Peridans is to bring local cyclists and residents together for a “bridge-building gathering.”
“We’ll gather on the front lawn of the church . . . there’ll be a short, ten fifteen minute blessing for the whole crowd gathered,” Peridans said. “It’ll be a time for people to interact.”
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Police Department’s PSA 308 will help man a “lemonade stand” — minus the lemonade — to promote public safety tomorrow evening.
Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the 600 block of O Street NW for biking-related goodies and resources from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
WABA Vice President Martin Moulton said the volunteers at the stand will hand out comprehensive maps of places to ride in the city as well as bike safety tips and cards. Riders who arrive early enough can also pick up a free gift.
“Our goal is to engage cyclists in the local community and make sure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all get along,” Moulton said.
He also said Lieutenant Debra Pearce has been eager to work with groups in the community to promote public safety and add to their existing outreach post.
“It’s a great community engagement tool,” Moulton added. “We’re excited for the chance to talk to people, and we just hope everyone has a good time out there on the road.”
Photo via Facebook/Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Editor’s note: Mary Burgan writes for Borderstan as the Borderstan Movie Fan and has lived in the Dupont-Logan area since 1995. For the record, she is a strong supporter of bike lanes, public transportation and a myriad of environmental causes that will make our city and planet a better, cleaner place to live. She and her husband do not own a car and walk most everywhere. Borderstan would love to hear from you on any number of subjects related to the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, including bike lanes and laws. Got an idea for a column? Email us at [email protected]
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Biking laws in the District need updating. The language of the District law seems designed to apply to special populations such as courier services, but there are not many rules for growing population of ordinary bike riders. The city has tried to meet the needs of ordinary riders by constructing bike lanes and establishing the Bike Share program but, while these measures have increased bike riding, they haven’t established better rules for the road.
For example, the north/south lane on 15th Street NW has created confusion for all parties. This is especially true at the intersection of 15th and P Streets, where the left turn lane signal for northbound cars is unexpected. Some cars ignore it. Others obey, only to be assaulted by loud honks from behind. Nevertheless the bike riders in that bike lane rely on cars, and pedestrians, obeying that signal.
The dramatic increase in bicycle traffic in the past two years is a wonderful contribution to the neighborhood and its environment, nobody doubts that. But the increase also calls for some changes in the old laws as well as new attitudes.