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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!

As David Alpert and Dan Malouff wrote in 2015, "16th Street is DC’s busiest bus line, carrying over half of rush hour trips on the street." The District Department of Transportation decided on a final plan to move forward with dedicated bus lanes at the end of 2015, and in November of last year traffic lights along 16th got tweaks that make bus travel faster.

In the first meeting on the project in nearly a year, DDOT staff will brief the public on its progress and members of the public will get a chance to give feedback. The meeting is this Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Library (3160 16th Street NW).

Also, check out these other great events happening this week:

Monday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 14: The Montgomery County Planning Department is working on a new Bicycle Master Plan that will decide where new bike lanes go in the county. Attend one of three remaining meetings over the next two weeks to weigh in on the plan and make sure it supports the low-stress, high-quality bike facilities that make biking easier and safer. The meetings are Monday, June 12 (3500 Olney Laytonsville Road in Olney), Wednesday, June 14 (12900 Middlebrook Road in Germantown), and Thursday, June 22 (14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville). All meetings are from 4 to 9 pm.

Tuesday, June 13: Hear about how public input can affect policy outcomes from Nspiregreen's Veronica Davis at this month's Action Committee for Transit meeting. It's at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 17: Experience the built environment through the eyes of teenagers at the National Building Museum this Saturday with activities designed and facilitated by the Museum’s Teen Council. Activities are great for all ages, and high school students will get in for free with a valid ID.

Next Tuesday, June 20: One of the many ways that cities can be more sustainable is through water management, including planning around water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems. Head over to the next Tuesdays at APA to learn about One Water, a concept that tries to make water management sustainable and economically viable for cities. The meeting is at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th Street NW.

Next Tuesday, June 20: The District Department of Transportation is studying the western part of downtown, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle, and H and I Streets NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania. The goal is to improve east-west travel for biking, walking, and taking the bus. Head over to the next meeting at George Washington University’s Funger Hall (Room 223) at 2201 G Street NW at 6:30 pm to learn about the project and weigh in.

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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.