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Fort Lincoln Bike Lanes Draft Plan – Ready for Initial Community Comment!


On June 9, 2016, DDOT will present the draft plan for on-street bike lanes in Fort Lincoln at our ANC Single Member District Meeting for community comment.  This is an opportunity for residents to provide comments and ideas for enhancements. Please note that this does not include the off-street bike trail enhancements through Fort Lincoln to the planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Connection. That trail plan meeting will take place next year.

-Background  
Over the past 3 months, we have been actively engaged with DDOT to assist in developing a bike lane plan throughout Fort Lincoln to address the following:

1. Provide safe on-street bike access through the Fort Lincoln Community to the planned connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

2. Provide solutions that will assist with traffic calming and minimal impacts to residents.

3. Make use of under-utilized streets which are contributing to unwanted criminal activity and illegal dumping.

4. Create a plan that is flexible and gives the community the ability to make modifications as needed in the future.
Connection To the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail & Planning around Development. 

As we get closer to the engineering phase of the community’s connection to the Fort Lincoln/Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ARWT); bike lanes are critical in introducing  multimodal transportation infrastructure before the cars associated with our Shopping Center and large mult-family development currently under construction are completed. 

 Currently our entire community is treated as a highway due to a lack of metered intersections, wide medians & off street parking in our sub-divisions.  The bike lanes will help in calming traffic by visually making motorist aware that this is a residential community and make them aware of cyclist. 

Timeline Milestones (Timeline is subject to change)

The anticipated timeline from initial review to paint on the street is as follows:

1. Review the presentation by DDOT and provide comments during the June 9, 2016 SMD 5C03Meeting as well as the  as full ANC 5C meeting in June.

2. Between July & August 2016 the engineering phase will take place.

3. In September 2016, the  Fort Lincoln Community will provide comment and vote on the plans.  The comments and support will be presented to the full ANC 5C for vote. There is also a general public comment period. The goal is to have the lines painted before the Winter.

-The plan

The following is a summary of the plan contents by DDOT.  Please note that this summary will have updates prior to June 9th meeting based on initial observations also that bike lanes were not added on Banneker Drive & 33rd; they will be included with the trail plan next year:

-Overall plan

The diagram below represents the overall bike lane plan.  The blue lines represent bike lanes WITH parking and the yellow lines represent bike lanes WITHOUT parking.

Fort Lincoln Drive (from Bladensburg to 33rd) – each half of Ft Lincoln drive is 24 feet wide. The switching back and forth from one lane (with parking) to two lanes probably encourages unsafe speeding/passing, and makes crossing the street at the stop-sign intersections a stressful experience. We think we can accommodate any/all demand for street parking, maintain safe traffic operations, enhance pedestrian safety, and provide a really high-quality bike lane by making a cross-section that in most places looks something like this:

On segments of Ft Lincoln Dr where there’s no demand for parking (adjacent to the park, for instance), we would widen out the bikelane to keep that single traffic lane profile for safety.

31st Place – We think this is an important connection for bicyclists in the neighborhood to cross South Dakota Ave, and go down 31st St to get to V St. The tradeoff here is that there would only be enough room to provide street parking on one side of the street. Based on our initial look at the street, we think that parking on the south side of the street makes more sense, as it is the safer alternative for fast downhill riders, and there are houses on that side directly facing the street. But that is flexible. Our basic configuration would look like this (but we also have an alternative arrangement in mind if you think the community would want to preserve parking on both sides):


Cmdr. Joshua Barney Dr. – This facility is one that we are not as sure about. Long-term, the concept study may recommend going with an off-street trail on this street, and it may be advisable to hold off making any changes initially here until some long-term decisions are made. But in the short term, we think that there’s room for a two-way protected bike lane, running along the north/east curb, looping around to the Market St entrance to the retail. There are two limits to this. The first is parking, which (like on 31st) would be limited to one side of the street. The side of the street can vary by block, however, so parking could be on the south curb by the Villages at Dakota Crossing townhomes, but adjacent to the Wesley House on the other side further up. The second is bus stops – bus stops and two-way cycletracks don’t work very well together. It looks like there’s a single bus stop on J Barney, which we might be able to work with. But if more are planned to serve the new residential, we may want to consider conventional bike lanes instead (exactly as shown for 31st Pl):

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Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan 2015-2016 – Draft

E1 - Fort Lincoln Overall Context

Dear Fort Lincoln Residents,

I have drafted the comprehensive plan based on the first 6 months of service to the community. I have been working diligently to address the major concerns of the community and am now ready for the city to provide resources to fund them. Below is the Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft to be considered for the upcoming budget proposal 2016 to the Mayor.  Additional comments are welcomed  however, please note that not all comments will be added at this time however, as we resolve the items listed in the plan we will add the new ones.  Thanks again for electing me to work for you.

Clink the link below:

Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft

Proposed – Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Revised trails 2015 R1

For those of you who have been following my blog since 2013, you know how passionate I am about the lack of safe pedestrian connections from Fort Lincoln/Gateway to the rest of the city.   We also know that it’s not just a Fort Lincoln/Gateway issue but affects surrounding neighborhoods such as Woodridge, Brentwood & Langdon.  A year and a few months later, you have elected me as your ANC Commissioner and now we have the opportunity to push for the immediate connection of our rapidly developing communities to safe, pedestrian friendly, Walking & Biking Trails.

In our last ANC 5C Meeting, I introduced a resolution that would give the residents of the Gateway Neighborhoods of Ward 5 the opportunity to have a walking & biking connection to Kenilworth Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.  This connection is vital to making the rapidly developing, car-centric community (including NY Ave.) , safely accessible to the rest of the city by alternate means of travel.  With over 300 new young families in Fort Lincoln alone, this connection will provide multi-modal options for residents who could safely bike or walk to work, provide recreational opportunities to the river, and bridges the transportation gap between the Washington Gateway neighborhoods in an environmentally friendly manner.  This connection is also aligned with the MoveDC Multimodal Transportation Plan.

In addition, the funding to making this connection a reality would be minimal because:

1. The right-of-way is already leveled and will require minor cost to configure into a walking biking trail.

2. The right-of-way travels along power poles which will minimize excavation cost for safe lighting of the trail.

3. The bridge across the Anacostia River, the most significant cost , is eliminated by placing barriers along the shoulder of the Rt. 50 overpass, similar to the 14th street bridge. This can be accomplished for only a fraction of the cost.

This resolution passed unanimously by the ANC 5C Commission and was enthusiastically received by the Developer of Fort Lincoln.  We need your help to make this a reality by contacting DDOT and letting them know that it’s time to #maketheconnection!

Traffic! Traffic! Traffic! – Quick Recap of the Special ANC 5C Meeting this past Saturday

Saturday’s meeting was rife with speculation over potential and current traffic issues and at a some points over-shadowed the purpose of the meeting which was to vote on two variances:
1.  A loading Dock variance on two of the apartment buildings that would prevent semi-tractor trailer trucks from using them.
2. The variance to go from one record lot to multiple theoretical lots for individual townhomes.

The traffic issue became the main point of contention, as it should have, because it effects the way residents are able to get in and around the neighborhood.  I think it shows a failure on our governing officials behalf for waiting until after everything is built to make concessions and file for warrant studies.  This approach will only produce duck-tape results.   Moreover, the solution for addressing and coordinating these issues, which involves a meeting of about 100 angry residents and DDOT, in two weeks is still the wrong answer.  In fact, the scheduled meeting was an appearnt impulse move to calm residents by our ANC Commissioner.  I’m sure this isn’t the first time he has heard complaints regarding traffic. The developer in turn became the target for years of bad planning by city Officials, however, by the end of the meeting there was overwhelming support of the proposed variances through one of the most questionable voting tactics ever witnessed for a public meeting… (More to follow in a separate post regarding the ANC)

Back to the recap, the following is a summary of the meeting :

Development Density

The Developer is only building 20% of the allowable density for this development site.  This includes:

A.  260 apartment units with 284 Garage Parking Spaces and 36 Street Parking Spaces

B. 103 garage townhomes with driveways and 45 Street parking Spaces

Affordable Housing

48 of the apartment units will be set aside for affordable Housing (24 @ 50% of AMI and 24 @80%AMI) AMI stands for Area Median Income click the following link for more information regading AMI for affordable housing.  Click This Link for AMI for DC  All other units will be market rate.

Bob King, current ANC Commissioner wants to increase the number of affordable units to 27 and as the meeting was adjourned, and attendees started to exit, voted to petition the City Council for those 27 as well as more along new York Ave. as it develops.  No residents voted on the measure.  However, that vote shouldn’t effect this development, because it is on Federal Urban Renewal land not land owned y the city.   The push for more affordable housing which ultimately came from Councilman McDuffie is for development on city owner land.

Traffic

To the dismay of many residents Hurston Lane will be the main connector road between the new development, The Villages, and the retail.  Traffic Calming measures will need to be in place to discourage cut-through traffic, speeding cars, retail volume as well as other issues.  There is a meeting planned in two weeks to address this.  Also residents in the Petersburg noted that traffic along Ft. Lincoln drive blocks them in. ( More to follow on this… )

Other Future Development

Premium Distributors is looking to expand.  This needs to be analyzed prior to approval to ensure traffic is taken into consideration.

Besides City Homes at Fort Lincoln and the Banneker Townhomes, this will be the final residential development.

Shops at Dakota Crossing

In a separate meeting with the Developer last week, we had a more in-depth discussion regarding the entire Development and I received the following clarifications:

1. The revised layout shown in the BZA Application for the shops was in error.  The layout will remain as previously shown ( Costco on one side and the other retail on the other). See below.

retail2

2. The Contract for Lowes has been signed and the building permit issued.  Construction will start whenever it starts, I will no longer post dates or times for the start of this development. When it happens I’ll take a photo and post it.

3. Eastern Ave. is only shown as a right-of-way easement, there are no plans to open Eastern ave. along the cemetery.

After witnessing the chaos in the meeting regarding traffic, its no wonder the city hasn’t done anything to fix the traffic problems. I doubt if they have ever received a document clearly outlining what the traffic issues are, a plan on how resolve them and follow up from the ANC or anyone on its progress.  If our ANC Commissioner needs to have a community meeting in 2014 after almost 10 years of planning prior to Saturday, what exactly is he doing?  We need an effective leader who is concise, forward thinking, inclusive, has a clear vision for Fort Lincoln and a plan to execute that vision.  Moreover we need a leader who understands what the needs of the residents of Fort Lincoln are and will work to address them effectively.   Until we have that nothing is going to change and that’s no dig at anyone, it’s just the plain truth.