July 2021 Meeting Report

 

Police Report.  Lt. Paul Johnson gave the police report including information on a recent burglary of a garage in the area and a case of sexual abuse by a known suspect, still under investigation. He also noted the July 10 “carjacking”/kidnapping of a diplomat on Connecticut Avenue. Five juveniles have been arrested in that incident. Several people spoke about an “epidemic” of stop sign running.  Lt. Johnson said he would alert MPD’s local traffic officer Alton Bryant and asked that people share suggested locations for Officer Bryant to target.

 

Presentation on the city’s new ParkDC digital parking permit system.  ParkDC Permits is a new, centralized system for DC residents in Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Zones to manage temporary visitor, home health aide, and contractor parking permits via a single online portal. Joseph Kerwin, DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), presented a brief description of the new program introduced citywide on June 1 and how residents can use it to get temporary parking permits via the website, app, phone, or kiosks at police stations and libraries. The ParkDC Permit program is intended to streamline approval and reduce fraud in the current parking permit system. It is designed to replace all the current temporary parking permits and the annual the Visitor Parking Pass (VPP).  The existing 2020 VPPs are currently valid through September 30, 2021. For more information see www.parkdc.com (Look for ParkDC Permits).

 

Presentation and Discussion of Proposals for Bike Lanes on New Mexico/Tunlaw/37th Street Corridor.  DDOT representatives presented diagrams and estimates of the effects of six proposals for improving bicycle safety on the corridor, including the two options shared previously (Separated Bike Lanes on each side of the street or a two-way Protected Bike Lane on one side of the street) and some new variations.  They took questions and comments from residents, as part of DDOT’s initial Community Engagement process, before narrowing down options that could go forward to an actual proposal, Notice of Intent, and formal Public Comment Period in the fall. DDOT said no decisions have been made, and ANC 3B has not taken a position on any option.  Several members of the audience spoke about their concerns and specifically the loss of parking that would result from most of the options.   Some also spoke in support of the installation of bike lanes. See www.anc3b.gov for DDOT’s slides and public comments sent to the ANC.

 

Updates and Information

 

Christian Piñeiro introduced himself as DDOT’s new Community Engagement Specialist for Ward 3.  He started in that position after Donise Jackson completed 3 years of service and moved on to another job.