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Events roundup: Design a protected bike lane

Stay active and engaged this summer by learning how planners design protected bike lanes, checking out the latest Metro-related apps and data, or attending a regular Advisory Neighborhood Commission or Washington Area Bicyclist Association meeting. Also, don't forget to submit your ideas to our MetroGreater contest!


Photo by BeyondDC

Protected bike lane workshop: Want to learn how to design protected bike lanes? Discuss and learn the latest design guides at a free workshop with Toole Design and the Federal Highway Administration this Wednesday, June 29, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It's at 777 North Capitol Street, and you can RSVP to attend.

After the jump: Metro hacks, MetroGreater, ANC and WABA meetings.

Metro hack: People around the region are coming up with clever ways to combine tech and transit. Check out the fifth edition of Metro Hack to hear the latest on Metro related apps and data visualizations. It's this Tuesday, June 28, at 6 pm at 2221 South Clark Street in Arlington.

MetroGreater: Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth joined with WMATA to launch MetroGreater, a crowdsourced website for small, meaningful ideas to improve Metro. Submit your ideas before the July 15th deadline!

Ongoing events: Make sure you don't forget about the ongoing chances to get involved, like your local ANC meeting or your local WABA Action Committee. Find yours today!

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events roundup: GGWash happy hour is this week!

This week, hang out with fellow Greater Greater Washington readers and contributors, along with Montgomery County Planning Board chair Casey Anderson, at our happy hour in Silver Spring. Later in the week, take a stroll along the Mall to talk about its history and design, share thoughts on livability in Ward 7, and learn how to design protected bike lanes.


Photo by Aimee Custis.

GGWash happy hour: Spend the evening with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts, along with the chair of Montgomery County's Planning Board, at our happy hour on Tuesday, June 21st. It's at Bump 'n Grind (1200 East-West Highway) in Silver Spring, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Join us!

After the jump: Walk to the Capitol, Ward 7, and protected bike lanes.

Walk the Mall: Join a walk from the White House to the Capitol to discuss current and historical street design and consider the many presidential inaugurations and civil rights marches that have walked the same route. The walk, hosted by the League of Sidewalk Superintendents, is on Wednesday, June 22nd, and will start at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (15th and E Street NW) at 6:30 pm.

Livability in Ward 7: What could make neighborhoods DC's southeast quadrant better for residents? The District Department of Transportation wants to hear from you! Share your thoughts on transportation and livability at the first public workshop this Saturday, June 25 at 4601 Texas Avenue SE. A livability parade begins at 10:30am, followed by an open house and presentation at 12 pm.

Protected bike lane workshop: Want to learn how to design protected bike lanes? Discuss and learn the latest design guides at a workshop with Toole Design and the Federal Highway Administration next Wednesday, June 29, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It's at 777 North Capitol Street, and you can RSVP to attend.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events roundup: Let us teach you how to blog!

Next week, we're hosting a workshop to teach you to write great blog posts. Between now and then, learn about bikeways in Montgomery County, transit on Route 7, the coming Potomac Yard Metro, and studies for improving Ward 4 and travel across DC. This weekend, buy and sell your old bike and parts at a bike swap.


Photo by Sue Richards on Flickr.

Blogging the GGWash way Thursday, June 23rd, we're teaching a crash course on how to use blogs to communicate effectively. We'll be at 2001 L Street NW from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You're invited, and you can RSVP here!

After the jump: Bikes in Montgomery, Ward 4, Route 7, downtown travel, Potomac Yard, and more.

Montgomery bikeways: Head over to Action Committee for Transit's meeting this month to hear about the Montgomery County bikeway program. Montgomery County Bikeways Coordinator Pat Shepherd and Bicycle Pedestrian Priority Area Program Manager Matt Johnson will speak. The meeting is this Tuesday, June 14. It starts at 7:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, at One Veterans Place.

A better Ward 4: How could Ward 4, which includes Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood, and 16th Street Heights, be a better place to live? The District's Department of Transportation wants to know, and is holding its second public workshop on the matter on Monday, June 13, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at 800 Ingraham Street NW. There, you can share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

Transit on Route 7: It looks like bus rapid transit is Fairfax's choice for transit along Route 7. Head to the third and final public meeting to learn about the proposed route and to share your thoughts. The meeting is this Tuesday, June 14, at 7130 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church starting at 7 pm.

Downtown travel: On top of looking at ways to make travel between Columbia Heights and Brookland easier ,DC's Department of Transportation wants to improve bike, bus, and pedestrian travel on Pennsylvania, H Street and I Street downtown. Share your thoughts on the program at a public meeting this Wednesday, June 15, at the Martin Luther King Library (901 G Street NW).

Potomac Yard Metro: There's a Metro station coming to Potomac Yard. Learn more about the project and share your thoughts at the public meeting this Thursday, June 16, at City Hall (301 King Street) at 7 pm.

Bike Swap:Looking for a new bike or need to sell an old one? Check out the Bike Swap at Union Market Dock 5 to get your hands on a bike or the parts you need. It's this Sunday, June 19, and it supports Gearin' Up, a local non-profit and bike shop.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Join us in Silver Spring for happy hour with Montgomery County's planning board chair

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, join us in Silver Spring with special guest, Montgomery County Planning Board chair Casey Anderson, who will tell us about challenges and opportunities facing the county and how to get involved.


Photo by Joe Flood on Flickr.

The Planning Board oversees Montgomery County's departments of Parks and Planning. It is responsible for approving new development, crafting master plans that shape how and where new development gets built, deciding where new roads and transitways go, and managing the county's parks and open space. If you're interested in any or all of these things, the Planning Board is where you can give feedback or input.

Tuesday, June 21 from 6 to 8 pm, join us at Bump 'N Grind, located at 1200 East-West Highway. While it may look like a coffeeshop, it's also a record store and one of the Washington Post's most underrated bars.

Bump 'N Grind is a five-minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro station (Red Line). If you're coming by bus, it's a few blocks from the 70/79 stop at Georgia and Eastern avenues, or the S2/S4/S9 stop at Georgia Avenue and Kalmia Road. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station right outside the bar. If you're driving, there's free parking both on the street and in the public parking garages on East-West Highway and Kennett Street.

This year, we've held happy hours in Adams Morgan, H Street, and Edgewood. Stay tuned for happy hours in Prince George's County (at long last!) and Northern Virginia.

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Events roundup: BRT on Route 7

Learn about and share opinions on designs for transit along Route 7, trails in Prince George's, and DC's railways and cross-town travel options. Get to know Kennedy Street, check out transit trivia, and mark your calendar for a blogging workshop with Greater Greater Washington!


Photo by William F. Yurasko

Transit on Route 7: It looks like bus rapid transit is Fairfax's choice for transit along Route 7. Head to one of three public meetings over the next two weeks to learn about the proposed route, and to share your thoughts. The first meeting is, Monday, June 6, at 5708 Merton Court in Alexandria. The second meeting is on Wednesday, June 8, at 5829 Glen Forest Drive in Falls Church, and the third meeting is next Tuesday, June 14, at 7130 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. All meetings start at 7 pm.

After the jump: Prince George's trails, transit trivia, DC's rail plan, memorials of the future, east-west travel, a Kennedy Street tour, and our blogging workshop.

Prince George's trails: Prince George's County wants to expand its park trail system. Share your thoughts on improving accessibility, connectivity, and trail maintenance at a public meeting this Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 pm at 6600 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale. This is a makeup meeting for the May 25th one that was cancelled.

Transit trivia: Do you like transit and trivia? Head over to a trivia night to see just how wonky your transit knowledge is. It's this Tuesday, June 7, at RFD Washington (810 7th Street NW) at 6:30 pm, and hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation and Young Professionals in Transportation. There will be light appetizers, and prizes will go to teams with the best names.

DC's rail plan: The District's comprehensive plan for managing a rail system that includes CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern is on its way. Head over to the second and final public meeting this Tuesday, June 7, at 6 pm at 225 7th Street SE to share your thoughts on the vision for the future of DC's rail infrastructure.

Memorials of the future: What will be the next memorial in DC? The National Capital Planning Commission will announce three finalists for Memorials of the Future, a competition to find new approaches and designs for memorials, this Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm. Head over to 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW to see the designs and hear a panel talk about the possibilities for a next generation of memorials.

East-west travel in DC: DC's Department of Transportation recently released new ideas about how to travel between Wards 1 and 5 by bus, bike, and foot. Hear about them and share your opinions on the project at the third meeting this Thursday, June 9, from 6 pm to 8 pm at 125 Michigan Avenue NE. You can also take part in a public engagement on Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 12 pm in two locations, 716 Monroe St NE and 3030 14th St NW.

Kennedy Street walking tour: Kennedy Street NW, a historically vibrant commercial area, is seeing better street design, new local businesses, and a strong, engaged community. Hear about these changes and more at the Coalition for Smarter Growth's final spring walking tour this Saturday, June 11, from 10 am to 12 pm. RSVP for details.

GGWash blogging workshop: Are you interested in learning how to write blog posts like the ones you read here on Greater Greater Washington? GGWash staff editor Jonathan Neeley is hosting a seminar on June 23rd to teach you everything you need to know about effective blogging, from picking a format to getting the information you need. To RSVP, email jneeley@ggwash.org.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events roundup: What to do with Ward 4?

Don't let the warm weather slow you down! Speak up about making Ward 4 a better place to live, take a tour of the Navy Yard neighborhood, test out much transit trivia you know, and learn about DC's plans for managing rail infrastructure.


Photo by Elvert Barnes

A better Ward 4: How could Ward 4, which includes Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood, and 16th Street Heights, be a better place to live? The District's Department of Transportation wants to know, and is holding its second public meeting on the matter this Thursday, June 2, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at 801 Shepherd St NW. There, you can share your opinions on transportation, green infrastructure, and sustainability in the area.

After the jump: DC's rail plan, transit trivia, future memorials, and more.

Get to know Navy Yard: With a new riverfront neighborhood and an old public housing complex that's now a new mixed income community that has new schools and parks, there's lots to see in Navy Yard. Joing the Coalition for Smarter Growth's walking tour of the area this Saturday, June 4th, at 10 am.

Transit trivia: Do you like transit and trivia? Head over to a trivia night to see just how wonky your transit knowledge is. It's on Tuesday, June 7, at RFD Washington (810 7th Street NW) at 6:30 pm, and hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation and Young Professionals in Transportation. Light appetizers will be provided and prizes will also go to teams with the best names.

DC's rail plan: The District's comprehensive plan for managing a rail system that includes CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern is on its way. Head over to the second and final public meeting next Tuesday, June 7, at 6 pm at 225 7th Street SE to share your thoughts on the vision for the future of DC's rail infrastructure.

Memorials of the future: What will be the next memorial in DC? The National Capital Planning Commission will announce three finalists for Memorials of the Future, a competition to find new approaches and designs for memorials, next Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm. Head over to 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW to see the designs and hear a panel talk about the possibilities for a next generation of memorials.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events roundup: Join us for happy hour!

Join fellow readers and contributors at Greater Greater Washington's happy hour on Thursday! Also, hear about the region's housing shortage, learn about adding HOV lanes to I-66, and share your thoughts on plans for trails in Prince George's and Fairfax Counties.


Photo by Aimee Custis.

GGWash happy hour: Hang out with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts this Thursday, May 26, at our Greater Greater Washington happy hour. It's at the Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th Street NE) in Edgewood, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Don't miss out!

After the jump: housing shortages, HOV on I-66, and trails in Prince George's and Fairfax.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a forum this Tuesday, May 24th hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

HOV on I-66: HOV lanes are coming to I-66. Learn about the details at one of three public meetings next week. The first is today, Monday, May 23, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna, the second is this Tuesday, May 24, at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax, and the third is this Wednesday, May 25, at 8302 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Prince George's trails: Prince George's County wants to expand its park trail system. Share your thoughts on improving accessibility, connectivity, and trail maintenance at a public meeting this Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm at 8001 Sheriff Road in Hyattsville.

Fairfax's McWhorter trail: Changes are coming to the McWhorter Place Trail in Fairfax. Join Fairfax Supervisor Penny Gross and the Fairfax Department of Transportation this Wednesday, May 25, to view the plans and share your opinion on the project. The meeting starts at 7 pm at 4700 Medford Drive in Annandale.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Join us in Edgewood for happy hour

It's time for the next Greater Greater happy hour! This month, we're heading back to Edgewood for drinks, conversation, and (if the rain would stop already) some fresh air on the deck of the Dew Drop Inn.


Photo by the author.

Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 8 pm, we'll be at the Dew Drop Inn, located at 2801 8th Street NE. Formerly home to Chocolate City Brewing Company, this bar may be best known for its rooftop deck, which overlooks the Red Line tracks.

The Dew Drop Inn is located between the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA Metro stations. From Rhode Island Avenue, the bar is about a half-mile up the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just past Franklin Street. From Brookland, it's six blocks south of the station along 8th Street. If you're coming by bus, the Metrobus D8, G8, and H8 all stop within two blocks, while several other routes stop at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station three blocks away at 7th and Hamlin Streets NE.

This year, we've held happy hours in Adams Morgan and H Street, but keep an eye out for future events in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. We're always looking for new, Metro-accessible locations for future happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

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Events roundup: What's next for streetcar?

Following the DC Streetcar's successful opening, learn about the next steps for expanding the line past the Benning Road Metro and west to Georgetown. Then, head to Virginia to support a better bike network, take a tour of historic Fairfax, and learn about building a new street grid Reston.


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What's next for the DC Streetcar?: DC wants to expand its streetcar. Learn about the plans to make it run from Union Station to Georgetown, and the potential environmental impacts, at a public meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 pm on the first floor of Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW). Then, learn about the environmental impact for the proposed extension east of the Benning Road Metro at a public meeting on Thursday, May 19, at 6 pm at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE.

After the jump: A bike project in Fairfax, a Reston street grid, tour the City of Fairfax, talk about the housing shortage, and HOV on I-66.

Fairfax bike infrastructure: Fairfax County wants to make it easier to ride a bike along Little River Turnpike, from the City of Fairfax to Alexandria. Share your thoughts on the project at a community meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm at Annandale Terrace Elementary School (7604 Herald Street).

Connecting Reston: Street grids could make parts of Reston more connected to one another. Head over to a community meeting on Reston's plan to make it easier to walk, bike, and drive this Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm at 11400 South Lakes Drive and share your thoughts on connectivity and transit.

Tour the City of Fairfax: Join Coalition for Smarter Growth for a walking tour of the City of Fairfax this Sunday, May 22, at 1 pm to learn about the city's popular new town green and learn about the planning update to bring new transportation options and redevelopment to this small historic city. RSVP for more information.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a May 24th forum hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

HOV on I-66: HOV lanes are coming to I-66. Learn about the details at one of three public meetings next week. The first is on Monday, May 23, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna, the second is on Tuesday, May 24, at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax, and the third is on Wednesday, May 25, at 8302 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Events roundup: Planning the 11th Street Bridge Park

Get the lowdown on accessibility for the new 11th Street Bridge Park and hear from DC at-large candidates at a local forum. Also, hear about the best approach to completing big transit projects, learn about strategies to connect technology and public transit, and don't miss the next steps in the DC Streetcar project.


Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr.

11th Street Bridge: The 11th Street Bridge Park hopes to connect businesses and residents on both sides of the Anacostia River. Hear about how the project plans to account for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit at a presentation from the Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Program team this Wednesday, May 11 at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE at 6:30 pm.

After the jump: DC candidate forum, big transit projects, transit and tech, small scale developers, and the future of the DC Streetcar.

DC at-large forum: Vincent Orange, David Garber, and Robert White, all candidates for the DC Council's at-large seat, will take part in a forum hosted by the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force. Hear from candidates and voice your concerns about your community. It's Monday, May 9, at 6:30 pm at 3560 Warder Street NW.

Amtrak's big transit projects: What kinds of big transit projects does Amtrak have in mind for the Northeast Corridor? Hear from Stephen Gardner, the Executive Vice President of Northeast Corridor Business Development at Amtrak, at this month's Transportation Tuesday program at the American Public Transit Association. It's this Tuesday, May 10, at 5 pm at 1300 I Street NW. Please RSVP to attend.

Transit and tech: Technology is changing the face of transit. How will public transit adapt? Head over to this month's Tuesdays at APA to hear about how transit supporters and agencies can leverage technology to improve transit. The meeting is this Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 pm at 1030 15th Street NW.

What's next for the DC Streetcar?: DC wants to expand its streetcar! Learn about the future plans to extend the Streetcar from Union Station to Georgetown, and the potential environmental impact, at the first public meeting next Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 pm on the first floor of Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW).

Small scale developers: Want to learn how to be a small scale developer? Head over to the Silver Spring Small Developer Boot Camp this Saturday, May 14. If you don't have time for the training, you can mingle with like-minded folks at the pre-event happy hour on Friday, May 13 at 6:00 pm at 8131 Georgia Avenue.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region's housing crisis at a May 24th forum hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It's on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

Other events this week: Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting, YPT transit speed networking, and Fairfax Southrun Bikeway meeting.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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