Action Items for DC mayor Adrian Fenty
We hosted a happy hour to get some impressions of DC biking from various riders. The question which received the most response was: “What three changes would you implement if Mayor Fenty appointed you as the DC Bike Czar?” Few could think of only three things and several answers were repeated throughout. The top suggestions were:
1. Impose a congestion/commuter tax on those who drive into the city from Virginia and Maryland. Since the population of Washington nearly doubles to a million during the work week, it is logical that those drivers who benefit from our roads ought to pay for them.
2. Install cycle tracks (bike lanes) on all arterials and on all future construction.
3. Initiate a widespread education campaign about the rules of the road, sharing, and how to be both a safe driver and rider; delivered through PSAs, driver education programs and public schools
4. Complete the trails that are unfinished, repair those in disrepair, and begin construction on all others.