Bike Trail Network

Please see the following press release.  This is a huge step in the collective efforts to get the region fully behind the completion of the entire trail network.  It discusses teh efforts of the Washington, DC regional governments to complete the entire continuous 1,400 miles of off-street trail network for walking and biking in the DC Region.

WASHINGTON—The Capital Trails Coalition, and its founding members the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), are celebrating a major step forward in the vision to connect the region by trails—creating equitable, accessible spaces for walking and biking across D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

On August 12, 2020, The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the National Capital Trail Network—a concept for a 1,400-mile, continuous network of off-street trails. COG is an independent, nonprofit association, with a membership of 300 elected officials from 24 local governments; the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures; and U.S. Congress. COG staff, in partnership with area officials, are “working to advance the ‘Region Forward Vision,’ which maps out ambitious goals and targets for a more prosperous, accessible, livable and sustainable future.”

“Today’s unanimous vote by the Council of Government’s Board of Directors to endorse our ambitious vision for a regional trail network underlines the broad public support for safe, accessible and equitable trails connecting diverse communities across the Washington Metropolitan region,” said Greg Billing, Executive Director at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

The National Capital Trail Network expands upon the Capital Trails Coalition’s vision to increase multiuse trail connectivity across the region. The Transportation Planning Board formally adopted the network late last month, which enables specified trail projects to be prioritized for funding from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program and the Transportation Land-Use Connections Program.

The National Capital Trail Network details 1,400 miles of connected off-street trails—of which 645 miles already exist—that would significantly increase the number of people who have access to trails in the region.  

“By formally adopting the National Capital Trail Network, the D.C. region is now poised to accelerate the development of trails throughout, delivering equitable access to safe places to walk and bike for millions of people who live, work and visit here,” said Liz Thorstensen, chair of the Capital Trails Coalition, and vice president of trail development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Securing support for the 1,400-mile network was a priority for the Capital Trails Coalition, which is working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multiuse trails serving D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and is part of RTC’s TrailNation™ portfolio, regional trail-network-building projects being implemented across the country.

The Capital Trails Coalition envisions a seamless regional trail network that connects the District of Columbia; City of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia; and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. A full map can be found on the Capital Trails Coalition’s website

Learn more about RTC’s TrailNation program at

The Capital Trails Coalition is a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, D.C. The Coalition convenes and coordinates public and private stakeholders who are critical to accomplishing the vision of an interconnected network. Learn more about the Capital Trail Coalition at For more information on the Capital Trails Coalition, please contact Stephanie Piperno

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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New DC Speed Limit

New Speed Limits on DC Streets and the New Slow Streets Initiative :
Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) have begun their “DC Slow Street Initiative.  The plan will provide 17 miles of streets throughout the city on local streets that will provide citizens with streets with maximum speeds of 15 miles/hour so citizens can safely walk, run or bike, at safe distance from each other.  These streets will be restricted to local travel only.  Drivers should only use these “Slow Streets” if their destination is within two blocks of that street. Residents, emergency, delivery, and trash collection vehicles will still
have access to Slow Streets.
If you would like to see the current street in the neighborhood which has been set up as a “Slow Street”, please check out Newton Street between 18th street and 12th street (it is suppose to begin from South Dakota Avenue to 12th street but was not completed as of 08/09/2020).
Please note that the city has proposed plans to lower the speed allowed on public street throughout the city to reduce the number of people injured in car accidents.  We remind everyone that streets around playgrounds and schools maximum speeds are supposed to be 15 miles/hour.
A friend of Ralph Bucksell complained to him about receiving a speeding ticket on 10th street near the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center for traveling at 25 miles/hour.
The designated streets in Ward 5 which will be established between now and September 1, 2020 are:
Ward 5
  • 10th Street NE between Otis Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • 17th Street NE between Randolph Street and Bryant Street/Montana Avenue NE
  • K Street NE between Bladensburg Road to 18th Street NE/Maryland Avenue NE
  • Oates Street NE between West Virginia Avenue to Bladensburg Road NE
  • Newton Street NE between South Dakota Avenue to 12th Street NE 
The full list of Slow Streets for the whole city are found below:
Ward 1
  • 6th Street NW between Lamont Street NW and Keefer Place NW
  • Girard Street NW between 14th Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW
  • Keefer Place NW between Georgia Avenue and 6th Street NW
  • Lamont Street NW between 13th Street NW and Park Place NW
Ward 2
  • S Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue NW (also crosses Wards 1 and 6)
Ward 3
  • 39th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Fulton Street NW
  • Davenport Street NW between Nebraska Avenue and Linnean Street NW
  • Yuma Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW
Ward 4
  • 8th Street NW between Missouri Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Van Buren Street NW between 16th Street NW and North Capitol Street
Ward 5
  • 10th Street NE between Otis Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • 17th Street NE between Randolph Street and Bryant Street/Montana Avenue NE
  • K Street NE between Bladensburg Road to 18th Street NE/Maryland Avenue NE
  • Oates Street NE between West Virginia Avenue to Bladensburg Road NE
  • Newton Street NE between South Dakota Avenue to 12th Street NE
Ward 6
  • 3rd Street NE/SE between M Street NE to E Street SE
  • E Street SE between 4th Street SE to 11th Street SE/Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • G Street NE between 2nd Street NE and 15h Street NE/Gales Street NE
  • Gales Street NE between 15th Street NE and 21st Street NE (crosses Wards 6 and 7)
Ward 7
  • B Street SE between Benning Road and 54th Street SE (Ward 6/7)
  • Fairlawn Avenue SE between K Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • K Street SE between Fairlawn Avenue SE and Randle Circle SE
Ward 8
DDOT will not install Slow Streets in Ward 8 at this time.
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DC Water Rate Plans

DC Water is hosting a virtual town hall for each ward to discuss among other things DC Water rate plans. 
Ward 5’s town hall is tomorrow, Wednesday July 1st, at 6:30 pm. To join online using your computer click or copy/paste this link Or call (202) 753-6714; enter Conference ID: 186 308 225# when prompted do so.
Please Note:  DC Water has partnered with a company to robo call the phone number listed on each of the DC Water accounts at the start of the call and the resident can be automatically connected into the virtual meeting.
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Pandemic Assistance

1)  In response to the Covid -19 Pandemic NCCI  (National Committee on Compenstation Insurance) understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and resources are limited. We value the health, safety and well-being of our personnel and community members so we will conduct a curb side food pantry during our normal Pantry Days and Hours. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 10a-2p.. We have pre-made pantry bags to assist families with groceries.
2)  Now Seniors, Disabled Community Members and Expecting Mothers residing in Ward 5 can contact our main office at 202-588-1800 or fill out the pre-registration form on our website to pre-register and get food dropped off to their doorsteps between 3p-5p on our pantry day. We will continue to do our best to address the needs of those we serve. If you need to reach us, you may contact us at 202-588-1800.  Please stay connected with us via for regular updates.
3)  And for more information on other District resources regarding food during the public health emergency check out .
4) Residents that are homebound because of the COVID-19 can request support from the District for food and other essentials items.  Call 1-888-349-8323 or click here:
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Pedestrian Trail Between Gallatin and Galloway

Please see the following letter sent on behalf of Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn.

Dear Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.

We hope this message finds you and yours well.  It has been awhile since we provided an update on the project to formalize the pedestrian trail between Gallatin and Galloway Streets, NE.

The project to construct a new paved trail between Gallatin and Galloway Streets NE has been fully designed and awarded. The awarded contactor is currently submitting pre-construction documents and other materials for approval.  A notice to proceed will be issued as soon as all those submittals have been received and approved.

The contractor is expected to mobilize no later than June 30, 2020.  During construction, the trail will be closed for public use and unofficial trails to the east will also be closed to allow for re-vegetation of the area. Current useres should expect to use DC sidewalks on Gallatin, Galloway, and South Dakota during construction.  The trail is expected to be completed and open for public use within 120 days of construction start.

We thank you in advance for ensuing this update is shared as weidely as possible with the 5A (most impacted community) and Ward 5 communities.  We are most appreicative of your support and interest. Should you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesistate to contact me or our Chief, Division of Maintenance, Don Kirk at or (202) 895-6017.


Julia Washburn
Rock Creek Park

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Metropolitan Bike Trail Planning

Please see attached and below update from DDOT on MBT Improvements:
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is completing the design of the remaining sections of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). The MBT is an important transportation route, providing connections to home, work, and play. The MBT has been constructed in sections. When fully completed, the MBT will be an eight-mile trail that runs from Union Station to Silver Spring, MD. The latest section being designed connects the Fort Totten Metro Station to the Takoma neighborhood in NW Washington, DC. The preliminary design for this section was completed in 2016. DDOT with its consultant team is currently completing the final design of this section, which is scheduled to be completed by winter 2020. The key elements of the MBT under design include:
  • New off-street and on-street trail segments
  • Traffic calming features
  • Storm water and low-impact development
  • Traffic signals & Lighting
Project update materials including Powerpoint slide deck, Project Fact Sheet, and a detailed Project Map providing further information and update on the project have been made available on the project website For more information regarding the project please contact DDOT Project Manager, Samer Alhawamdeh at
To submit comments or questions about this project, please use the following:
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 202.369.4637
  • Mail: DDOT, ATTN: Met Branch Trail, 55 M Street SE, Suite 400, Washington, DC
If you need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at 202-671-2829 or If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at 202-671-2620 or These services will be provided free of charge.
Kelley Cislo
Chair Pro Tempore
Council of The District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 506
Washington DC 20004
DIRECT: 202-724-8172
CELL: 202-412-0188
Visit us on the web at
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District Coronavirus Response

Below are updates on the District’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest and most comprehensive information always visit

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DC Mayor’s 5pm Tele-TownHall

Please join if you are able… Mayor Bowser announced the plan to lift the Stay At Home order this Friday 5/29.

Today, at 5:00PM, Mayor Bowser will host a Community Leader TeleTownhall on Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Data as of last report, May 25
Total Overall Tested: 42,055*
Total Number of DC Residents Tested: 35,262*
Number of DC’s overall positive cases: 8,334
Change from last report: +109
Lives lost: 440
Change from last report: +0
Number of DCPS meals distributed for all students: 11,562
Number of Senior meals distributed and delivered: 1,050
Number of total views of #FitDC Seniors show from Mayor’s social media platforms: 3,475
Number of total views of #FitDC Kids show from Mayor’s social media platforms: 1,568
*All Data are preliminary and are subject to change based on additional reporting.
Visit for interactive data dashboards or to download COVID-19 data.​
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Online Survey for ReOpenDC

April 28, 2020
LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011;
Mayor Bowser Launches Online Survey for ReOpenDC
Residents, Workers & Employers Can Also Provide Feedback at a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday at 5 pm
(WASHINGTON, DC) – After launching the ReOpenDC Advisory Group, Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking feedback from District residents, workers, and employers through an online survey and virtual town hall.
“Like cities and countries around the world, the District’s response to COVID-19 has been unprecedented, and so too will be the process of reopening,” said Mayor Bowser. “Every resident has a seat at the table and an opportunity to share their perspective, thoughts, and dreams. Our hope isn’t just to simply ReOpenDC, but to be a better DC when we do reopen.”
The ReOpenDC Virtual Town Hall will provide an opportunity for District residents to learn about the work of ReOpenDC and to ask questions of Mayor Bowser and ReOpenDC co-chairs, Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary Michael Chertoff. The virtual town hall will occur on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. To register, visit
“Our focus will be on harnessing the best ideas from residents and experts across the public and private sectors to plan the re-opening of the District,” said Ambassador Rice. “Only through active and ongoing engagement with our neighbors will we be able to form a plan for reopening that aligns with public expectations while emphasizing the need to improve the quality-of-life of all District residents.”
The ReOpenDC survey, which can also be accessed on, asks residents to share their feedback regarding reopening, as well as any big ideas, concerns, or feedback about reopening.
“As Mayor Bowser has said, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not just reopen our city but to build a more equitable DC,” said Secretary Chertoff. “By working with the community, we will help the Mayor develop a safe and sustainable approach to reopen the District and get our local economy up and running, and working for everyone.”
Mayor Bowser assembled the ReOpenDC Advisory Group to evaluate community feedback, synthesize expert health and medical feedback, evaluate national and global best practices, and make sector specific recommendations regarding plans for reopening after the District’s unprecedented response to COVID-19. The ReOpenDC Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Ambassador Rice and Secretary Chertoff, will envision and plan for a sustainable reopening of Washington, DC through community driven guidance, and in accordance with DC Values and health principles recommended by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
For more information about the District’s COVID-19 response, visit
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Weed Killers

A big thank you to Don and Elizabeth who answerd the call this week to pull weeds from our neighborhood park. Getting ahead of the weeds in the Spring will enable to garden to thrive during the Summer.

Persistent Effort

A Job Well Done

Feel free to drop by and add your contribution of labor to the effort.

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