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District Department of Transportation

Vision Zero Summer Safety Road Trip

The goal: To highlight infrastructure improvements designed to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by lowering speeds. The Mayor’s $10 million investment in smarter road design and safety interventions is a key part of her Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

The campaign consists of three components: A “virtual” Summer Road Trip, a resident-led initiative to encourage drivers to slow down in their neighborhoods, and a new online dashboard of upcoming safety projects.

During the virtual Summer Road Trip, DDOT will share stories on YouTube, Twitter, and DC Network (Channel 16), on how specific interventions have helped residents across all eight wards feel safer using the streets in their communities. Through these stories, residents will learn how safety improvements such as a lower default speed limit and road redesigns help prevent traffic crashes and save lives. The “stops” on the Summer Road Trip include:

  • The 20-mph default speed limit, which significantly reduces the risk of severe injury and death during a crash, particularly when one involves a pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Curb extensions not only slow drivers down when turning – a common point of conflict – but also reduce the amount of time a pedestrian is in the street and vulnerable to being hit by a vehicle.
  • Protected bike lanes create dedicated space for people on bikes, and at the same time improve safety for everyone by creating a change in road design that intuitively calms traffic and discourages aggressive speeds.
  • Driver feedback signs show drivers their current speed and display when it’s over the posted limit.
  • Rapid Flashing Beacons and HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signals alert drivers and make pedestrians crossing the street easier to see.

Residents can pick up yard signs that encourage drivers to slow down on their neighborhood streets. Signs will be available at farmer’s markets, the DDOT Permit Office at 1100 4th Street SW, and at other events citywide throughout the summer. Keep checking back for more locations and details! if you'd like us to come to your neighborhood, email [email protected].

Upcoming events:

July 24 –

Saturday

Ward 4

Uptown Farmers Market

5500 Colorado Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

9:00a – 1:00p

July 31 –

Saturday

Ward 6

H Street Market

800 13th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9:00a – 12:30p

August 8 –

Sunday

Ward 2

Mid City Dog Days
Logan Circle Area/14thStreet

11:00a – 4:00p

TBD

Saturday

Ward 1

Columbia Heights Market
Park Rd NW & 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

9:00a – 1:00p

Past events: 

July 10 –

Saturday

Ward 5

Monroe - Brookland Market

 

9:00a – 1:00p

July 13 –

Tuesday

Ward 8

RISE Center

2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE

8:00a – 11:00a

July 17 - Saturday

Ward 7

Kenilworth Market

Kenilworth Rec Center
4321 Ord St NE 20019

9:00a – 1:00p

 

2021 Vision Zero Summer Safety Campaign