For more than three years, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) staff, community advocates, and city officials have been working to fill a gap in Downtown DC’s protected bike lane network between Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street NE. Come show your support and learn about how the Louisiana Avenue protected bike lane project is finally moving forward!
On Wednesday, October 24, join WABA, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Department of Transportation staff and community leaders at 6 pm in Room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building (45 Independence Avenue SW) for a community meeting and panel discussion on this project. Come to learn about the project, give feedback on the plan, and help us demonstrate the project’s enthusiastic community support.
To read the full backstory on the Louisiana Avenue Protected Bike Lane Project, see the WABA blog.
Other events from around the region:
Monday, October 22
Walk this way: DC Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) meetings are opportunities to hear from city officials, share your concerns about our streets, and help develop policy recommendations. PAC meetings are open to the public, and they need your help to work toward a safer, more walkable DC. Join the PAC at 6:30 pm at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St NW) on the 11th floor. Find more meeting information here.
Tuesday, October 23
Fight back against climate change: Weigh in on the best strategies for deciding the role our city should play in averting catastrophic climate change. The US Green Building Council has invited all candidates for mayor and DC Council to participate in this urgent discussion on climate change and the role of the DC government with regard to resilience, economic development, housing, and transportation. Attend the forum starting at 6 pm at the LEED Platinum Dunbar High School in Truxton Circle (101 N Street NW). This event is free and open to all.
Wednesday, October 24
Show and tell the best bikeshare apps: Bikeshare Hack Night is a show and tell featuring apps and data visualizations about Capital Bikeshare and other bikeshare systems (and hey, why not include scooters?) Join the event at 6 pm at the new WeWork Labs near Nationals Park (80 M Street Southeast), where you'll hear about the SMS Bikeshare Availability App; remixing an electric CitiBike tracker for CaBiPlus; visualizing the exit of dockless bikes from DC; a Slack interface for CaBi; data insights from Coord's real-time bike and scooter API; and incentivizing riders w/Bike Angels. Sign up to attend here.
Learn about housing development in Anacostia: The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) member 11th Street Bridge Park and friends the Coalition For Non Profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) and BRIDGES are inviting those interested in ensuring longtime residents can benefit from development and not be pushed out to a free workshop on housing advocacy, at 6 pm at the Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE).
Equitable redevelopment of the Anacostia River Corridor, particularly ensuring that changes benefit and improve the lives and livelihoods of both current and future residents, is a central principle in APACC’s work. Like the workshop sponsors, APACC believes policies and practices must make a concerted effort to protect those who have lived close to the Anacostia River and Anacostia Park throughout the development process. Get more information about the workshop here.
Thursday, October 25
Hear about mold and lead in housing: LinkUp and the Dahlgreen Courts Tenants Association are teaming up with Justice First and Montana Terrace tenants to co-host “Mold, Lead & the Affordable Housing Crisis” with the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (4340 Connecticut Ave NW).
Join this event at 6 pm to hear from D.C. tenants, organizers, health professionals and attorneys who will discuss the issues of mold and lead in the context of the affordable housing crisis, including ongoing organizing and legal efforts to hold developers and city officials accountable. This event will feature presentations by tenants at Montana Terrace and Dahlgreen Courts who are fighting for housing justice as they continue to be directly impacted by lead, mold and other toxins. Find more information here.
Friday, October 26
Consider what it means to build a city for all: For the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. This unprecedented rate of urbanization has presented tremendous challenges for communities trying to achieve sustainable and equitable growth. Attend a timely symposium at 10 am at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place Southeast) in conjunction with their 50th anniversary exhibition, “A Right to the City.”
This symposium convenes scholars, organizers and activists, nonprofit leaders, and others for timely conversations about how the American city has been shaped by more than a half-century of unequal and unjust growth, but also how communities are mobilizing to work toward a more equitable future. Register to attend this free event here.