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Friday, February 1, 2013

I’m not a transportation expert, why should I get involved with moveDC?

If you left your house today, you used some form of transportation. Whether you rode Metro, drove a car, pedaled a bike, took a bus, walked down the sidewalk, or used a wheelchair, you were involved in transportation. It impacts our lives every day. It affects our ability to move around the city, our wallets, the air we breathe, our health, and our overall quality of life.

You may not be an expert in designing a transportation system, but you ARE an expert in commuting to work or school, traveling to the grocery store, community meetings, recreation centers, the doctor, grandma’s house, places of entertainment, and so on. You know the best way to get from home to a friend’s house to avoid traffic. You know how many buses you need to take to get a sick child to the doctor. You know what it is like to be late for work or school because there is traffic, a Metro problem, or a full bus.

moveDC will create a plan for the transportation system to serve you now and in the future.

Why should YOU care? 
Commuters: Can you rely on the transportation system to get to work on time every day? Is it affordable and efficient?

Seniors: What happens if you decide not to drive anymore? Will you be able to get to doctor appointments using public transportation, walking, or by bicycle?

Disabled Community: Do you feel comfortable and confident as you move around the city?

Youth: Do you have to make multiple transfers (bus-to-bus, bus-to-metro, metro-to-bus) to get to school? Can you walk or bicycle to school safely?

Cyclists: Are there enough bike connections, trails, lanes, and parking to get to your destination? 

Pedestrians: Do you feel safe walking down the street? Are there enough trees, lighting, wide sidewalks, and places to rest to make your walk enjoyable?

Shift workers: Do you have enough transportation options to get to and from work during non-rush hour?

Service Providers: Can your clients access your facilities by public transportation?

Employers: Does transportation play a role in how you recruit, employ, and retain the people you need to run your business?

Retailers: Is it easy for people to reach you?

Everyone should care about this plan. moveDC will identify transportation system recommendations district-wide. Some of these will change the physical environment—the way streets work or what's in them—some may change the way that transportation services (i.e. transit, Capital Bikeshare-CaBi, etc.) are delivered, and others may affect policy and future planning (i.e. parking, etc.). The plan will include recommendations for pedestrian, bicycle, transit, rail, and vehicular systems citywide. We need your help to make the “best” plan that will efficiently connect people to the places they want to go.

Your ideas matter, so get involved by:

  • Attending the moveDC “Idea Exchange” on February 9, 2013 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 9:30am-3:00pm 
  • Attending a meeting near you (dates and locations coming soon) 
  • Joining us on social media: Facebook and Twitter


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