For Release: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Contact: Nick DelleDonne ,
Safeway Joins DECAA Call for Public Presentation of Bike Plan – Neighborhoods Form Coalition from Shaw to Burleith
Safeway, the commercial anchor (along with TrueValue Hardware) on 17th St., in the unique 2-block stretch between P St. and Riggs Pl., NW, today, July 6, signed a letter to Mayor Bowser requesting a public presentation of the controversial 17th St. Bike Plan. Safeway becomes the 20th merchant on the block to sign the petition circulated by Dupont East Civic Action Association (DECAA) in an effort to compel the Mayor and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to stop stonewalling and engage with the community.
Storm clouds over the 17th St. bike plan have been building ever since two months ago, Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto gleefully announced a “breakthrough” in the controversial design, and has since brazenly ignored all calls for public discussion by merchants and residents who remain concerned about lack of ADA compliance, parking, and loading areas and pedestrian safety in the busy neighborhood shopping area. DDOT director Everett Lott told WJLA-7 this week construction would not begin for a year, but it has already begun with the removal of streateries.
This weekend, Councilmember Mary Cheh said a public presentation is “customary and required.” In June, DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson said, “If DDOT wants to go forward they absolutely have got to discuss what their plan is before they do it and work out the issues before they do it.”
DECAA and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro have led the formation of a city-wide coalition of neighborhoods, including civic associations in Dupont East, Shaw, Glover Park and Burleith, merchants, restaurants and residents concerned for the safety of pedestrians to fight DDOT’s proposed protected bike lanes through congested commercial and residential streets without public engagement by DDOT.
“In 20 years of civic affairs, I have never seen such intransigence from the administration,” said Padro, calling for a city-wide coalition.
The DDOT 17th St. Bike Plan is slated to run through two blocks between P St. and Riggs Pl., NW, the economic and social nerve center of the East Dupont community. According to Pinto, “All the traffic will be funneled through one lane!”
Dupont East Civic Action Association is dedicated to community engagement and civic action.
Join the neighborhood discussion and action forum, HearUsNow! https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hearusnow
Visit DECAA’s website and sign our petition. https://www.KeepDupontGreen.org