Walking Master Gardener Tours with Kathy Sykes

Join Master Gardener Kathy Sykes on a 75-minute walk exploring the street gardens along Connecticut Ave. Learn the names and unique features of some of our native and perennial plants. You will also learn about "keystone plants" that provide tremendous benefits to our environment. You can easily translate this knowledge to your gardens and balconies!

Children’s Walk — Sunday, April 25th at 3pm (children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult) Sign up here.
Adults Walk — Monday, April 26th at 7pm. Sign up here.

Suggested donation: $30-adults; $15-children under 16. Proceeds benefit Van Ness Main Street.
Washington Post reports on the Connecticut Ave. reversible lanes; Deadlines for comments on the DDOT study - via Forest Hills Connection

In case you missed it: The Washington Post published an article last weekend over the Connecticut Avenue reversible lanes and bike lanes proposals.
The Post article includes some details of the safety study and a small business perspective that we have not covered in our own stories about the DDOT study:

  • Adding protected bike lanes is projected to cost $4.6 million and is likely four years away, if approved.
  • DDOT also proposes lowering the speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
  • “While about 300 bicyclists use the corridor daily, more than 3,000 bike trips would be made on the route after a bike lane opens, according to city estimates.”
  • And the owner of Baked by Yael in Woodley Park wonders how many of the thousands of drivers passing through each day are actually stopping to shop.

“‘The commuters who are going down there at 50 miles per hour, they don’t even see my business because they are moving too fast to get through it,’ said [Yael] Krigman, who also is a member of Woodley Park Main Street. ‘So I’m very pleased with the prospect of slowing down Connecticut Avenue.’”

DDOT has posted the presentations from its March 30th and April 1st public meetings on the concepts being studied, and we have until May 1st to submit comments to Conn-Ave-revstudy@dc.gov. And area ANCs are considering resolutions on the DDOT study. ANC 3F is collecting comments from constituents on its draft resolution, which is in support of removing the reversible lanes, adding protected bike lanes, and instituting other safety measures proposed by DDOT. Contact ANC 3F at commissioners@anc3f.com before its April 20th meeting.
Community happenings via Forest Hills Connection

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May 7th:
Van Ness Main Street's Annual Meeting. Held via Zoom from 9am - 10am. Find details here.

May 16th:
Celebrate the Heart of Van Ness Main Street during National Small Business Month! 1-4pm. Save the date to stroll Van Ness, Wakefield and Forest Hills to enjoy food and drink specials, a Selfie Scavenger Hunt, sidewalk chalk art (for all ages), Barks & Brews, our new Spring NOW plantings and more! Stay tuned for our event page and map of activities.