Your Chance To Be Heard About Safe Streets in DC
It is no longer up for debate: the DC Government hasn’t been fulfilling its commitment to Vision Zero. But because of your work, they have decided to move towards getting back on track. We’ve written letters, we’ve testified, we’ve ridden in memoriam—and last July, we rallied in front of the Wilson Building. We are pleased to report, that since that time, WABA and advocates in the community have followed up—and they have heard you! Below is a partial list of commitments that the city is making right now:
- The city is going to create an Office of Vision Zero, staffed by career professionals and safety experts, and focused solely on Vision Zero implementation. This is a great step!
- The city is going to establish a Vision Zero working group of agency Directors to focus on implementation of commitments. This actually bumps Vision Zero up from a department commitment, to a city wide commitment. That is a good thing.
- As a first step to address safety on H Street NE, the city will expand its signage and pavement markings at 3rd and H Streets and is doing testing to fill the streetcar tracks—which is good news, but unfortunately, that comes without a firm date for installation on the entire corridor.
- What do you think is unsafe about the city’s roadways?
- Have you been in a crash? Do you know someone who has been in a crash? What about near misses? What was that like? How did it make you feel?
- What are some things that the city could do in your neighborhood on your commute that would make you safer?