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Bike Tour of New York Ave. AbandonedTrain Rails

Jim Brown, Manager of Trail Development - Rails To Trails Conservancy 10/25/13
Jim Brown, Manager of Trail Development – Rails To Trails Conservancy 10/25/13
Last Friday, I had the great opportunity of reviewing the abandoned rail lines along New York Ave. with Jim Brown, Manager of Trail Development, with the Rails To Trails Conservancy. During the Bike Tour, we looked at the possibility of safely connecting Fort Lincoln and the surrounding community from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the NoMa Gallaudet Train Station with access to new development along NY Avenue. We also discussed pedestrian safety and the need to get Cycling Groups and Community Advocacy Groups involved. While this is in its infancy, I am excited to finally get a chance to express these ideas to the People who can help make it a reality.

The next step in the process is to determine who owns what property and to determine if they are willing to give easements for the Bike Trails. Luckily that’s what Jim specializes in. As for me, I will develop a strategic campaign to get the word out and to let City Officials know that this is something the community wants and for them make it a reality! If you would like to volunteer, give advice or just help out, please email me @ robertlooper3@gmail.com and let me know at what capacity you would like to help. I will post more specifics in the coming days on what the plan is, as well as some graphics to better illustrate what’s being proposed.

I’ll keep you posted.

District Gateway Proposal!

The District Gateway Cover

The District Gateway is an idea that I conceived which encompasses taking advantage of the current Dakota Crossing Development and extending it across South Dakota Avenue creating a Gateway Neighborhood. I submitted the idea to DC’s Office of Planning and to the Ward 5 City Council as an unsolicited proposal which at a minimum could be converted into a Small Area Plan for future Development. This idea is in its infancy and I will post more updates on the plan as I meet with different agencies.

New this Week in Fort Lincoln!

There are several meetings this week that will impact the future and surroundings of Fort Lincoln which include:

1. Potential Revitalization of V Street in to an Industrial Main Street. ( Meeting with the Office of planning)
2. Bike Lane Connections in and around Fort Lincoln. (Meeting with DDOT)
3. Bike Trail Network to Downtown DC from Fort Lincoln. ( Meeting with railstotrails.com)

I will keep you up to date on the latest information and need your feedback!