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To make a positive impact in the community, it’s important to do more than just read about and discuss issues online. We publish our weekly events post to tell you about opportunities to get out and act!

The Metropolitan Branch Trail and the 1st Street protected bike lane make NoMa a very bike-friendly place. But more bike facilities means more bikers, and more opportunities to make improvements to encourage safe cycling.

This Thursday, May 4, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its first public workshop for the NoMa Bicycle Network Study. Between 6 pm and 8 pm at 1200 First Street NE, residents can give feedback on current biking conditions in the area.

The study area is from 6th Street NW to 6th Street NE to the east and west and N Street NW to K Street NW to the north and south. Specifically, DDOT is looking at K, L, and M Streets; 4th and 6th Streets NW/NE; and New Jersey Avenue.

Can't make it? Check out one of these other great events.

Tuesday, May 2: DDOT is looking at improvements to Grant Circle in Petworth to make it safer for walkers and drivers. Learn more at the community meeting this Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium in EL Haynes Public Charter School's Kansas Avenue Campus (4501 Kansas Avenue NW).

Saturday, May 6: Reston, Virginia is a planned community originally founded in 1964. Join the Bureau of Good Roads for a walking tour of the area this Saturday at 10 am to take a closer look to see how some of the original plan ideas work with the realities of suburban roadway design for pedestrians.

Saturday, May 6: As part of DC Ideas Fest, learn about the 11th Street Bridge Park and its goal to help bridge the economic divide in our city by connecting two very different communities. Staff and members of the community will share their experience and what they’ve learned so far. RSVP here.

Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7: Head out to Rockville Town Square this weekend for its transformation into an outdoor art gallery. You will have the chance to see 160 nationally recognized artists from around the country laid out in the streets surrounding the square. Don't miss it!

Sunday, May 7: Explore and reimagine the Courthouse area on a walking tour with Walk Arlington, Arlington Arts, and artist Graham Coreil-Allen. The tour will start at 11 am at Courthouse Surface Parking Lot (2100 Clarendon Boulevard) in Arlington.

Sunday, May 7: Did you know Silver Spring was named after a specific spring? Learn about and visit that historic spot and more at a walking tour with Silver Spring Historical Society president Jerry A. McCoy starting at 1 pm at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station.

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Claire Jaffe was born in DC and now lives in the U Street area. She is a University of Michigan graduate and currently works at Coalition for Smarter Growth. On her off time, Claire can be found biking the street of DC or exploring the many green spaces throughout the region.