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CaBi's phone app could enlist riders to rebalance bikes

One of Capital Bikeshare's basic challenges is keeping some bikes and docks available at each station all the time. CaBi has staff that keeps that balance by moving bikes from one station to another, but if the Spotcycle app had a rebalance option, users could opt to help with the effort.

Photo by Supermac1961 on Flickr.

A few years ago, CaBi tried a Reverse Riders Rewards program, which rewarded CaBi members for moving bikes from typically full stations to typically empty ones during the weekday morning rush hours as a way to supplement their normal rebalancing efforts. The program didn't last long because, as I recall, it mostly rewarded members for doing things they were already doing.

To get a similar benefit at a lower cost, CaBi could add a "rebalance" button. When you push the button, the app would use your location to identify any nearby stations that are full/nearly-full or empty/ nearly-empty and identify close-by stations that need rebalancing.

That'd be it.

I'm sure some people would rebalance bikes out of general altruism just like people create data visualizations and hack apps for free. It'd only take a few helpers to make the effort worthwhile. It might not cost anything extra to add the button, and any additional rebalancing would lower costs.

To get greater participation, CaBi could even make a game out of it. The top "citizen rebalancer" every quarter could get a gold member key and public recognition. Or a cupcake. Or socks. Or a free membership. Or maybe rebalancers could earn "points" redeemable for rewards.

Regardless, by giving individual rebalancing assignments, CaBi would encourage actual additional rebalancing. You could even tax people 1/10th of a rebalance if they ask for an assignment and refuse it, so as to keep people from just being opportunistic about it ("Let's see if the trip I'm going to do anyway will earn me a rebalance").

There is a lot of opportunity to include CaBi members in rebalancing efforts. The more the service tinkers with how to do that, the better.

A version of this post originally appeared on The Wash Cycle.

Federal review pushes the Kennedy Center's new buildings to dry land

The Kennedy Center has tweaked its plans for expansion. The small addition will still connect the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but none of it will be floating in the river.

The revised expansion scheme for the Kennedy Center. All images courtesy of the Kennedy Center and Steven Holl Architects.

When the arts center released plans for an expansion in 2013, they were looking for a way to reach out beyond big white box and white tie events. The 60,000 square foot expansion was to contain education rooms, informal performance venues, and a bridge to the Potomac River pathway.

The Kennedy Center's balcony has a gorgeous view of the river, but with no way for visitors to get to it, it's just the backdrop to the lobby. The center has tried to bridge the divide for decades with several schemes for grand staircases. But they had proved too costly for the Kennedy Center to do without federal help.

The designers the Kennedy Center hired, Steven Holl Architects, proposed something more clever than stairs. Their proposal featured three white pavilions: two sitting in a garden atop buried practice rooms and one across a bridge over the parkway, floating in the water. With arts activity in the nearby parkland, the Kennedy Center was not just visually connected to the green space, but rather was functionally mixing with it.

The expansion is still happening, but it's going to be more conventional

The new proposal features a shorter bridge across Rock Creek Parkway, ending at a sculptural ramp and staircase down to the riverfront trail. To keep the blend of park and arts space, the designers placed planters and benches along the route. Alternating solid and minimal railings extend, framing views of the river similarly to how the windows in the pavilions do.

View looking from across the bridge down to the Potomac and Rock Creek Trail.

The cafe and performance space that occupied the floating structure will now go in a third pavilion east of Rock Creek parkway. The multipurpose space will seat 160 people in a space with views of the river. Toward the land, the pavilion overlooks a reflecting pool through a retractable glass wall.

Moving that pavilion makes it harder to spontaneously drop into a show. On the other hand, the architects noted that it will make back-of-house activities like cooking and moving instruments easier since the new location sits atop the expansion's buried infrastructure.

The relocated river pavilion encloses the park area more.

The reorganization does change the the way the site connects to the city. The new location of the river pavilion may make the upper-level garden feel more enclosed and internal. On the other hand, since visitors won't have to pass through the floating pavilion to get to the upper-level park it may feel more public.

Interior of the new River Pavilion, configured as a cafe.

Opposition arose during the federal process

The Commission of Fine Arts and National Capital Planning Commission's professional staff supported the original design on the basis of extensive engineering studies. But at NCPC's December 2014 meeting, testimony from recreational boaters and Georgetown residents persuaded commissioners to rejected the staff report and give only partial approval.

Critics singled out the floating pavilion as a problem. The NCPC's chairman, Preston Bryant, who represents Virginia, said he believed the building went against federal directives not to build in flood-prone areas.

Boaters and Georgetown residents favored an alternate scheme that did not put any structures near the river, including the bridge across the parkway. This second design came from the project's environmental assessment, which requires federal agencies to study a few alternative solutions to their needs. For buildings of this size, the second or third designs are usually just a formality. Not here.

Top: The new design. Bottom: The environmental assessment's Alternative B.

The revised scheme uses the environmental assessment's Alternative B as a starting point, but adds the bridge and landscaped ramp. When the architects presented this design at the May 7th NCPC meeting, several commissioners who had criticized the design earlier reacted positively, indicating future approval.

View up the access ramp and toward Georgetown.

There's still a long road ahead of the project

The change in the design means delays. Peter May, the National Park Service's representative on the NCPC noted that the Park Service would have to re-do parts of its environmental assessment and cultural resource studies because the connection to the park is too different from any of the original alternatives to proceed.

May suggested that there could be a separate study for the bridge, allowing the Kennedy Center to proceed with construction. Still the Commission of Fine Arts will have to grant a second conceptual approval to the design, the architects will have to work out some of the design again. For this and other reasons, the Kennedy Center expansion won't open until 2018.

Washington's process is difficult. Still, this project's arc shows that it is possible to bring distinctive architecture and placemaking to the Monumental Core, with the right attitude. The designers and their client didn't simply do what critics asked, or fight back endlessly. They relied on their expertise to do it in a way that is true to the rest of the design. That is hard, and they deserve credit for it.

Public iterations of the expansion. Clockwise from top right: September 2013, December 2014, February 2015, May 2015.

"Schedule adjustments" can help cut Metro delays

If you've ridden Metro for any length of time you've probably experienced a "schedule adjustment," where the train holds for a minute or two at a station. Why does Metro do that?

Graphic by the author.

The basic answer is that your train has gotten too close to the train ahead of it or the following train has gotten too far behind. Schedule adjustments are a way that Metro keeps headways (the time between trains) consistent. And that's important because not having an even headway can lead to "bunching." Also, uneven headways can lead to customers getting stuck waiting for the delayed train.


Bunching is when a vehicle doesn't come for a long time and then several show up at once. The basic cause of bunching is that one bus or train gets slowed down for some reason, and that initial delay means that every stop down the line has more customers waiting to board than usual. That leads to longer dwell times at each stop.

Buses are particularly susceptible to bunching because all boarding happens through the front door, people have to pay when they board, aisles are narrow, and they can get stuck in traffic. Buses that get delayed fall behind, lengthening dwell times for riders waiting for the bus while also shortening the headway until the next bus, which now has fewer passengers to pick up.

The uneven passenger loads that come from bunching are hard on transit. One way that Metro curbs bunching on the rail system is by holding trains for schedule adjustments when they're getting too close to the preceding train.

In the center of the graphic above, you can see that the train running early is just one minute behind the preceding train. But the train behind is lagging by a minute because of the additional loading. So instead of a three minute gap between trains, it's doubled here to six minutes.

If Metro were to hold the early train by one minute, it would then be two minutes behind the preceding train and five minutes ahead of the following train, which is closer to the scheduled headway.

Shortening delays

Metro also uses schedule adjustments to help when there's a delay behind the one it's holding.

For example, let's say you're on a Glenmont-bound Red Line train approaching Fort Totten. The operator announces that due to a disabled train at Judiciary Square, you'll be holding three minutes at Fort Totten. You're probably wondering how a delay behind you can mean your train needs to wait.

Doing this allows Metro to mitigate the delay for people who've yet to board your train. Yes, everyone on your train will be delayed three minutes. But by holding the train, Metro allows the people who arrive at Fort Totten (and any downstream station) during the three minute hold to board. Without the schedule adjustment, those people would be stuck waiting for the originally delayed train to arrive, which could be quite a while.

Schedule adjustments also keep there from being too many people who need to board the first train to come through after the wait. Because it's been a while since the last train, the first train following the gap is often too crowded to board, which means it dwells at each station longer than usual, creating more delays. The downstream schedule adjustment clears some of those passengers off the platform ahead of the gap.

In the graphic above, you can see what it might look like without a schedule adjustment, where the last train before the gap is still three minutes behind the preceding train. But there's an eleven minute gap behind it.

With a schedule adjustment of, say, three minutes, the spacing between those trains would go from three and 11 to six and eight, which is much closer to the desired interval.

Metro can also "express" the lagging train to further reduce the gap, but that's a topic for another day.

Schedule adjustments aren't always pleasant, especially if you're already on the train. But they do help keep passengers who've yet to arrive on the platform from facing a long wait. In more serious delays, schedule adjustments can make a lot of sense. They're one tool that Metro uses to try and keep trains evenly spaced.

Breakfast links: Whose plan is it anyway?

Photo by Eric Gilliland on Flickr.
Keep 'em coming: DDOT will add more wheel stops, meant to deter illegal u-turns, along the Pennsylvania Ave bike lanes within the next few weeks. DDOT is still waiting on a study to decide what to do between 13th and 15th. (WAMU)

Shifting lanes: VDOT may opt to finance the I-66 express toll lanes themselves instead of pushing them to the private sector like with the I-95 and I-495 express lanes. VDOT would assume more of the project risk, but would get to keep toll revenue. (WAMU)

Playground politics: The Village of Friendship Heights ousted nearly half of its council members in its recent election, primarily due to discontent over plans for a playground in a local park. (Gazette)

Retro refit: Prince George's County is retrofitting nearly all of its buses with front-end bike racks by the end of next month. Other bus services in the region have had bike racks for at least a decade. (Post)

Fit or fiction: The DC area won the title of fittest metropolitan area in the country once again. But there are a few things missing from the equation, like the role of income inequality. (DCist, CityLab)

Dipping a toe in the water: DC is drilling into the Anacostia River to determine just how polluted it is. Analysis of sediment samples will help direct the cleanup plan and find the responsible parties for the pollution. (Post)

Not so fast: You might want to think twice before extending the long weekend. Last year the Thursday before Memorial had the worst average delay in traffic for the entire year in the DC region. (DCist)

And...: Amazon is using the New York Subway system for some of its deliveries because it's faster than driving. (Consumerist) ... After its urban renovation next year, the Ballston Common mall will get a new name too. (ArlNow) ... A federal judge says the "good reason" requirement in DC's concealed carry law violates the Constitution. (WAMU)

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How well do you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 51

It's time for the fifty-first installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of five stations in the Washington Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture?

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The answers will appear on Thursday. We'll hide the comments so the early birds don't spoil the fun for the rest of you.

Update: The answers are here.

Fairfax is getting 22 new bike lanes in 2015

When Fairfax County repaves roads this summer as part of routine maintenance, it's going to add bike lanes and other features to some of them.

Here's the complete list of Fairfax streets that will get new bike facilities in 2015:

Image from VDOT.

Among all the roads due for repaving this summer, 22 will get bike lanes or sharrows. Some of the additions are coming as part of road diets.

Adding bike infrastructure to roads that are going to get a new coat of paint either way is a very cheap way to make Fairfax more bike-friendly. Of course, if this were the only way the county added new bike lanes, it'd take quite a while for them to show up on recently repaved roads.

The projects are spread throughout the county, but Tysons is getting some special attention as the county takes another step in its planned transformation of the area.

VDOT's website says residents will begin seeing the new paint—and lanes—in June.

Get ready for a serious drop in test scores

Students in DC have been far more likely to score in the proficient category on local standardized tests than on tougher national assessments. This year, as schools switch to a local test that's more like the one given nationwide, proficiency rates here will probably drop by 30 points or more.

Photo of child from Shutterstock.

For years, DC students have taken a set of standardized tests called the DC CAS in 3rd through 8th grade, and also in 10th. DC education officials have chosen a particular score on each test, called a cut or cut-off score, that determines proficiency. DC students who score above that number are supposedly performing on their grade level.

While the proficiency rate has been inching up, last year only 54% of DC students were proficient in math and just under half in reading.

Dismal as those figures are, they're far better than DC's scores on another test, the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Representative samples of students throughout the United States take the NAEP in 4th, 8th, and 12th grade every two years. The NAEP is a rigorous test, and education experts consider it cheat-proof.

According to a new national report comparing last year's state test scores to the 2013 NAEP scores, DC has the third largest gap in the country in 8th grade math, just behind Georgia and Texas. The proficiency rate on the DC CAS was 46 percentage points higher than the analogous rate on the NAEP.

In other words, according to DC, about 65% of 8th graders performed on grade level in math last year. According to the NAEP, only 19% of them did.

While the 8th grade math gap is the most egregious, the DC CAS proficiency rate is well below the NAEP rate in other areas as well. In 8th grade reading, the gap is 37 percentage points. In 4th grade math and reading, the gaps are 31 and 27 points.

DC is not alone in having state proficiency rates that are far higher than those on the NAEP. Over half of the discrepancies are more than 30 percentage points. The gaps in Maryland ranged from 22 to 41 percentage points, and in Virginia from 27 to 34.

With the switch to Common Core tests, DC's own scores will drop

In DC and many states this year, education authorities have switched from the old local tests to more rigorous tests that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instead of taking the DC CAS this month, students are taking tests developed by a consortium called PARCC.

While scores on the PARCC tests won't be available until the fall, they're likely to be as low as those on the NAEP. The two tests are far from identical, but both require students to follow multiple steps and give answers at each step. Both also require students to cite evidence from texts in support of their answers and to demonstrate writing skills.

On the old local tests, students could score proficient without being able to do these things. In addition, the reading passages on the PARCC tests are more difficult than those on the DC CAS.

If the new PARCC scores do mirror DC's past performance on the NAEP, the District will have, for example, a 23% proficiency rate in 4th grade reading instead of its current 50% rate.

It's possible that plummeting scores will spark outrage here, as they did in New York two years ago after that state made an early switch to rigorous Common Core-aligned tests. And the drop in test scores there happened even at some previously high-performing charter schools.

New York's state tests are now so rigorous that fewer students scored proficient on them than on the NAEP. Complaining that the new tests are unrealistically difficult, many parents in the state have refused to allow their children—possibly as many as 150,000 of themto be tested.

But some argue that relatively easy state tests have been dishonest, portraying students as having mastered skills and subjects they really haven't. One group striving to close the so-called honesty gap points to Kentucky, which in 2010 became the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards.

After Kentucky toughened its state tests and raised cut scores, proficiency rates dropped by as much as 30 percentage points. But as teachers and students adapted to the new standards, scores on the state tests rose. In 8th grade math, the gap between proficiency rates on state tests and the NAEP narrowed from 32 percentage points in 2011 to 15 in 2014.

Even so, Kentucky has its own opt-out movement. While it's smaller than the one in New York and some other areas, it's significant enough that the state superintendent felt the need to tell school districts not to honor parents' requests to withdraw their children from testing.

How to deal with the test score decline

No doubt the DC CAS, like other local tests, did set the bar too low, even after its supposed alignment to the Common Core two years ago. One charter school leader has said the test was so easy it was a waste of time.

But a drastic switch to a regime where less than a quarter of students score proficient will be a shock to the system. The new tests will also probably make the achievement gap between low- and higher-income students even more apparent.

One thing we can do to soften the blow is to place less emphasis on proficiency rates when evaluating whether schools are doing a good job. Schools with affluent populations start out with kids who are likely to do well on standardized tests and shouldn't necessarily get the credit for their high scores. It makes more sense to focus on how much test scores have grown at a school rather than whether scores rise to a uniform standard.

We also need to remember that change takes time. Low-income students generally score lower on rigorous tests, especially in subjects other than math, largely because they lack background knowledge and vocabulary when compared to their more affluent peers.

To remedy that situation, schools need to begin inculcating knowledge about subjects like history and science as early as possible, in an age-appropriate way. For too long, elementary schools have concentrated on reading and math skills to the near exclusion of all else.

Some elementary schools in DC are beginning to focus on expanding knowledge. But that's a radical departure for most teachers and administrators, and we may not see results on a large scale for years.

It's probably already too late for many older students in DC to clear the new proficiency bar. But if elementary-level teachers and administrators are able to move away from a narrow focus on basic skills and give our youngest disadvantaged kids some of the knowledge their middle-class peers often acquire at home, we can still give them a fighting chance.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said students take the NAEP test every four years. It's every two.

Cross-posted at DC Eduphile.

Visit DC's wonderful public gardens on transit

Our region is blessed with over 100 public gardens, most of which are free or very cheap to visit. Here's a rundown of the very best, all of which you can get to by taking Metro or the bus.

The Smithsonian Castle garden. All photos by DC Gardens on Flickr.

Smithsonian Gardens

The easiest to access are the Smithsonian Gardens, a collection of gardens in and around many of the museums on the National Mall that counterbalance the dark halls of fossils and spacecraft.

The Smithsonian Gardens are comprised of 12 distinct spaces. They range from the Victory Garden, a recreation of a World War II vegetable and flower garden at the Museum of American History, to the contemporary Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

You can get to all of the Smithsonian gardens by Metrorail and bus, and they're all free. A lot of them also host regular tours and other educational programming. The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden's tour, which is hosted by a horitculturist every Tuesday at 2 pm throughout October, is one of the best.

The US Botanic Garden

Also on the National Mall is the US Botanic Garden, a great place to enjoy native plants. In warm months, there is nothing more stunning than the blazing yellow-orange Amsonia with the National Museum of the American Indian in the background, and the glass conservatory is my place to get away from the long, dull gray of winter.

Mark your calendar: the Botanic Garden is open on both Christmas and New Year's Day, and it hosts a holiday garden railroad display.

Because the Architect of the Capitol runs the Botanic Garden rather than it being part of the Smithsonian, it can close unexpectedly, like when it hosts fundraisers for legislators. Make sure to check before you visit!

The US Botanic Garden.

Mount Saint Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery

If crowds aren't your thing, check out the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. I usually take the Metro to Brookland and walk the mile there, but the H6 and the 80 buses get you even closer.

The Monastery grounds are free and open to all. They are known for their fantastic bulb displays around Easter, but there are stunning roses in late May and early June, and later in the summer there are tropical gardens that even feature a few palm trees.

Brookland's Franciscan Monastery.

The National Arboretum

Not far from the Monastery is the National Arboretum. There used to be a Metrobus that served this garden, but it was infrequent and eventually ceased service a few years ago. Now, the best way to go is to take the B2 bus and walk in from the R Street entrance.

The National Arboretum.

Among the Arboretum's unique collections are the sun-filled Gotelli Dwarf Conifer Collection (dwarf being a very relative term) and Fern Valley, which is shady and full of ephemeral woodland wildflowersin the early spring. Also, the National Herb Garden includes hundreds of species of herbs and visiting is a scent-filled, interactive experience.

The Arboretum is run by the US Department of Agriculture, and in recent years it has been more about research than public outreach and education. But the new director, Dr. Richard Olsen, comes from a horticultural background rather than an administrative one, and local gardeners hope that means a change of focus.

The National Arboretum.

The Arboretum is open every day of the year except Christmas. Recently, it was closed three days a week because of sequestration, but that didn't last thanks to fundraising by Friends of the National Arboretum.

The Arboretum's grounds are large and it would take several visits to see it all. Plan to visit often and in all seasons to see how the gardens change throughout the year.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Just across the Anacostia from the Arboretum are the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. You can actually get there by canoe easier than by transit, but I usually take the metro to Deanwood and walk over.

Once there, you pretty much have the whole place to yourself. A former waterlily nursery now a national park, this is the true hidden oasis of the city.

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

The Aquatic Gardens are also a wildlife haven. Both photographers and birders frequent the gardens in the early mornings, leaving before the heat of the day. They are missing out though, as the hundreds of waterlilies and lotus open up in the direct midday sun. The best time to see them is during July and August.

The Bishop's Close at the National Cathedral

The Bishop's Close at the National Cathedral is accessible and open to all. To get there, take one of the many 30 buses that go up and down Wisconsin and get off when you see the looming spires.

The Bishop's Close.

The secluded, walled garden is downhill from the south-facing side of the Cathedral, giving it a great view of the building. The garden itself is sunny and bright, which helps the roses and English-style perennial borders grow, but there are also some shady, quiet spots.

Outside of DC

Farther afield, local parks systems run Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, both of which are free to enter. Reaching either by transit takes a combination of Metrorail and bus, but they're both worth it if you're looking for an afternoon outside of the city. Of course, better access by transit would make these gardens even more valuable to their surrounding communities.

Green Springs Garden.

There's a lot more to gardens in DC than a once per year trip to see the cherry blossoms bloom. DC Gardens, a new local nonprofit, sprung up this spring to help spread the word about the city's great public gardens to both tourists and residents. On DCGardens' website, you'll find month to month calendars for lots of our public gardens, along with listings for events, festivals, and activities going on at each.

This post originally said the US Botanic Garden closes unexpectedly to host fundraisers for legislators. In fact, the Garden doesn't allow fundraisers of any kind.

Breakfast links: Starts and stops

Photo by Michael T. Ruhl on Flickr.
Amtrak rolling again: Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York was restored Monday, and the railroad is making safety improvements in the area around the recent crash. Rail is still one of the safest ways to travel. (Post)

Purple problems: Purple Line supporters are optimistic that Governor Hogan won't kill the project. Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal criticized the governor, saying canceling it would be "unwise." (WAMU, Bethesda Beat)

Build more homes: The new head of DC's Department of Housing and Community Development lays out her vision to produce and preserve more housing in the city. She sees a role for the agency to help reduce and prevent homelessness. (City Paper)

Quarry changes: Loudoun Quarries has worked for years to redevelop the site into the mixed-use Waterside town center. But county staff oppose the project, largely because it calls for more residential land use than called for in the comprehensive plan. (WBJ)

White Flint falling down: Exterior demolition of White Flint Mall could begin soon, and some interior demolition has already happened. Lord & Taylor continues to fight the redevelopment plan that will turn the area into a town center. (Bethesda Beat)

Where to board: Metro is analyzing which cars passengers prefer to ride. Planners hope to find ways to better distribute customers across all train cars. (PlanItMetro)

Tax that gas: States are struggling to fund transportation with gas taxes, just like the federal government. State gas taxes that rise with inflation do better at sustaining funds for transportation. (Governing)

Now hiring: The Coalition for Smarter Growth is looking for someone to advance transit investments, smart growth road design, and other sustainable priorities in Montgomery County. If you are interested, you should apply. (Coalition for Smarter Growth)

And...: Congress readies a two-month extension to federal transportation funding. (Streetsblog) ... Verizon will not renew its title sponsorship of the Verizon Center. (WBJ) ... Getaround, the "Airbnb for cars," has launched in DC. (UrbanTurf)

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Events roundup: Make us greater

Attend an event to help make our region greater. Learn about improving tree cover in Ward 6, take action on a bike and pedestrian safety task force, or voice your opinion on adding bike facilities to I-66.

Photo by Reid Kasprowicz

Tree city: Ward 6 has the lowest percentage tree cover in the city. Councilmember Charles Allen wants that to change. Join Councilmember Allen and Casey Trees to learn about his vision for greening Southeast DC this Thursday, May 21, from 6pm to 8:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St SW). RSVP now to save your spot.

After the jump: Bike task force, a mutimodal interstate, a NoMa tour, and StreetsCamp.

Bike task force: Want to be a part of the future of bike and pedestrian safety in DC? The DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment is convening a task force to discuss and propose new bicycle and pedestrian safety laws and regulations. Share your ideas at four public meetings in May and June. The first, on pedestrian safety, is this Thursday, May 21, from 2pm to 4pm at the John A.Wilson Building.

Multimodal I-66: Biking and highways usually don't mix. But that might change with the redesign of I-66. Make sure you voice your opinion on adding space for people walking and riding bikes along I-66 at a public meeting next Thursday, May 28, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna at 5:30pm.

NoMa stroll: Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a tour of NoMa, a neighborhood transitioning from empty and industrial to busy and walkable. The tour, which is on Saturday, June 6 at 10am, will fill up quickly. Reserve your spot now!

StreetsCamp: Have you registered yet for the inaugural StreetsCamp? Learn (or brush up on) all of the advocacy skills and technical knowl-how you need to make positive change in your community at the day-long summit on Saturday, June 20. GGW will be there to talk blogging, as will so many other terrific groups, including the Coalition for Smarter Growth, CNU-DC, Mobility Lab, and Safe Routes to School National Partnership. See you there!

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