On Tuesday afternoon, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser gave a speech about her second term agenda that included some meaningful statements about making streets safer. In one spot though, some people in the crowd apparently booed when she suggested reducing car dependence.
Vision Zero advocates have been pushing the mayor and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to be more aggressive about road safety. Sustainable transportation advocates have been pushing for better bus service, bicycle and walking infrastructure, and shared mobility. While a few lines in a speech are just the beginning, it’s meaningful for the mayor to speak out about these issues, most of all because it sends a signal to the people inside the government that this is important.
Bowser said DC needs to “get creative” about transportation and set a goal of everyone getting to work or school in 30 minutes. This is a great goal, because many people’s trips are longer, particularly east of the Anacostia River. Of course, it’s important for that to be able to happen with options other than driving.