Pedestrians: Let your Voices Be Heard

13 Jun

ATTENTION: We interrupt this blog’s progress toward the next regular post to bring you this important announcement:
You have an opportunity NOW to positively affect our pedestrian future!
HOW? Take the MoveDC survey! You have until JULY 6 to take it.

Now that I’ve finally had time to read the DDOT MoveDC plan and do the survey, my take is: it’s worth it. Why? Because, unlike too many other surveys, there’s adequate room at each element to comment. And well-thought out comments and examples, if you have them, are what DDOT needs to hear.

My Experience

The MoveDC Transit Plan, despite its page length, is not heavy reading, i.e. a lot of pages are maps , pictures and summaries. And the recommendations for each element are well laid out. Of course I paid most attention to the Pedestrian and Bicycle elements. While generally giving high marks to both sections, two things I noticed and commented on:

1. In the Pedestrian element, there is no mention of the growing problem to pedestrians of cyclists on the sidewalk or any mention of enforcement of existing laws and regulations to help pedestrians safely navigate the sidewalks.
2. In the Bicycle element, Recommendations C1 and C3 are both good, as far as they go, but I commented again on the lack of mention of education and enforcement for DC regs on sidewalk bicycling outside of the CBD. And, within the CBD, while there is mention of tougher enforcement, there is nothing about signs there to state the law.

Info on doing the survey

You can read the plan at:
http://www.wemovedc.org

or get it on CD ROM at the library.

You can do the survey here (and there’s probably a link at the above website):
http://www.wemovedc.org/draft-survey.html
Or, if you don’t want to take the time to do the survey, you can e-mail comments to:
colleen.hawkinson@dc.gov
or, by mail, to:
DDOT
55 M St., SS, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Attn: Colleen Hawkinson

Finally, an opportunity to interact with Council on this issue:

DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a roundtable on the plan at 11 a.m., June 27, 2014 at the Wilson Bldg. Sadly, I’m scheduled for an out-of-town business trip starting June 26. But if you have the time, it would be good to have pedestrian representation.

REMEMBER: Bicyclists have their lobby and will be covering all bases. Pedestrians have only themselves right now. So every concerned pedestrian should speak out at every opportunity to get pedestrian views counted!
FYI I made nice comment about improvements for bicycle lanes and other things too because the responsible bicyclists in our community deserve them.

ADDENDA
Here’s the popville.com blog population’s take on the new Logan signs:
http://www.popville.com/2014/06/new-campaign-to-get-cyclists-to-use-the-street-not-the-sidewalk/?ic source=featured-frontpage-top

And, if you want to read something from a bicyclist who doesn’t get that, while bicycling on the sidewalk outside the CBD is technically legal, it’s still not safe, read the pingback to my recent blog post “Tips for Pedestrians” and my reply.

That’s all for now.
STAY ALERT! DON’T GET HURT! AND DO THAT DCMOVE SURVEY!

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2 Responses to “Pedestrians: Let your Voices Be Heard”

  1. Harriet June 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    I think the signs on Logan Circle are great and will raise awareness of this safety issue.

    • jeannemallett2013 June 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks, Harriet. As you’ll see from the popville.com site I provided the link for, there’s been a lot of comment already. And a lot is positive. DDOT has told me and the Logan people they’re pleased too because it’s showing them that it is an issue of interest.

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