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Installation of a New Traffic Signal at the Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Observatory Circle, NW (NORTH)   
NOI 17-48-TOA4/18/20175/18/20174/18/2017NoACTIVE4/18/2017 8:37 AMRashele Maclin3ANC 3C
  
Parking space arrangement and bus stop consolidation at the Intersection of Georgia Avenue and Emerson Street, N.W.  
NOI 17-47-TOA4/18/20175/18/20174/18/2017NoACTIVE4/18/2017 8:40 AMRashele Maclin4ANC 4D
  
New Hawk - Parking space arrangement and bus stop consolidation at the Intersection of Georgia Avenue and Emerson Street, N.W.  
NOI 17-47-TOA4/18/20175/18/20174/18/2017NoACTIVE4/18/2017 8:43 AMRashele Maclin4ANC 4C
  
DDOT's proposed recommendation for Sherman Circle is to reduce one travel lane around the circle, and redesign it to include a variety of treatments to address safety concerns and manage vehicular traffic.
Sent: Tue 9/12/2017 8:32 PM

This falls under FRAUD AND WASTE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who is paying for this?  The estimated cost was $900,000 each for Sherman and Grant circle.  The original petworth residence do not support this, the new petworth residence wants bike lanes? Do we need a bike lane.  I would like to see the bike data to support the need for a bike lane from your 3 week study.  

A safety study was done and showed that speed was not a factor in Sherman Circle so the new residences weren't happy with the results so the requested a 3 week trial?  And DDOT said...OK why not...it's not my money..

If safety is an issue...there are more feasible solutions that does not cost the DC tax payers $900,000 for each circle

DDOT is telling us that although the some PETWORTH residences are not supporting this change or cost....they still want to move forward with spending $900,000 on something the ENTIRE community is not in favor of.   Did we get a trial period for speed bumps or other others that address safety concerns???

DDOT sat in enough community meeting to know that there were a lot of voices in the community that does not support this plan.

Sent: Tue 9/12/2017 11:24 PM

experiment at Sherman circle. I can see a huge bottleneck in the am and pm., with congestion in the circle neighborhood. how about lights if you are concerned about speeding ? control traffic, not increase it.

Sent: Wed 9/13/2017 9:44 AM

Thank you for sharing this Notice of Intent. After reviewing, I strongly suggest that DDOT amend this plan to create a protected bicycle lane around the circle. Protected bicycle lanes and protected intersections are the global best practice for safety, as demonstrated in the Netherlands, the country with the highest levels of cycling and the best cycling and walking safety record. Protected bike lanes around Sherman Circle would eliminate conflicts with buses and double parked cars. Separated bike lanes and protected intersections would slow down car turn speeds and greatly improve visibility between people in cars and people on bicycles. This reduces the number of collisions and also reduces the severity of collisions, should they occur. The track record of unprotected bicycle lanes in DC is fairly modest, whereas protected bicycle lanes in DC have been an enormous success, regularly experiencing traffic jams. DDOT has already developed a design for protected bike lanes at Sherman Circle, so I see no reason not to proceed with the superior design. Such a protected bike lane design would be safer, support more bicycle use, would be more in line with Vision Zero and MoveDC, and would re-establish DDOT as a leader in safety and multi-modal transportation. I strongly encourage you to choose the better, protected design.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist in developing or implementing such a superior design.

p.s. Should DDOT require additional design guidance, the following guide is the best in the United States for assisting in the design of such facilities (see page 76).
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/8/docs/SBLG/Chapter4_Intersections.pdf

Sent: Wed 9/13/2017 10:35 AM

How would one voice their opinion on the reduction of 2 lanes to 1 lane? Is there another hearing scheduled? Would a signed petition by neighbors be required? Everything on here looks good with the exception of reducing the traffic to 1 lane.

I've attached a few photos of the traffic from Monday. When I leave in a few minutes to drop off my kids I'll take a few more pics of the traffic again. My guess is that there will be car to car traffic on the 4800 block of Illinois Ave & on Kansas Ave. Eventually these cars will learn about the "side streets" & will drive down those which will then put the residents like myself & others at a higher risk of getting hit in the morning when we are loading up the kids for school.

I live on Farragut St & use Illinois Ave a lot, not driving but also on foot with my kids. I'm not denying the need to make the street safer but I am 100% against anything that adds congestion. Congestion can easily add frustration to drivers which could easily make them more reckless which could put others in danger. I wonder has the there been talks of simply adding speed bumps along Kansas Ave. Illinois Ave & along the Circle? I've asked for nearly 10yrs to get this dont on Illinois Ave because we get cars speeding down the street every Morning & we dont have a stop sign for 4 blocks (Gallatin St to Decatur St) leading up to the Circle. Has anyone discussed adding a pedestrian stop light on the Circle at Kansas Ave & Illinois Ave? If Porter St NW can have a speed light, a light that turns red if cars go over 25MPH then why can my community get something similar for pedestrians & Students who need to cross the circle?

Sent: Thu 9/14/2017 2:34 PM

What's the purpose of the two lane circle which it has been before I was born to change to one lane?

I hope the main reason isn't to allow another bike lane.

Sent: Sat 9/16/2017 1:25 PM

I live a few blocks away from Sherman Circle, and wanted to write in part to thank you for your efforts at alleviating the growing traffic safety issues at Sherman and Grant Circles and to provide some feedback on these efforts. I haven't been able to attend the community meetings related to the project, and so apologize if you addressed these points at these meetings.

I use both circles as a driver, pedestrian and cyclist, and in my view the major issue is excessive speeding. I can't tell you the number of times that I've witnessed drivers speeding into and around both circles, and this includes this past week at Sherman Circle even with the single lane. A particular issue is the NH Avenue entrance to Grant circle, where because there is not apparently a full yield everyone speeds through the light at Upshur and into the circle without looking or yielding (I was almost hit last week due to this issue biking with my 3 year old son). Until speed reducing measures are taken at these circles (e.g. speed bumps, speed cameras, police actually ticketing speeders) this issue will not be resolved - and I respectfully posit that reducing Sherman Circle to a single lane won't make a difference at all.

As a driver I appreciate that keeping traffic moving through the circles should be a priority, but not if that requires sacrificing the safety of those of us who use these circles many times a day. Our safety will be at risk as long as adequate speed reducing measures are missing from these circles.

Thanks for hearing me out.

Sent: Sun 9/17/2017 10:03 PM

The extra time is not warranted. this study doesn't require any more time to go on. I sy end it now, and not continue with this study. If yoou allow more time they will leave it in , and we would be stuck the rest of the year or forever.

Sent: Mon 9/18/2017 11:03 PM

I'm curious to know why this trial was three weeks, while the Grant Circle trial was only five days.

Sent: Tue 9/19/2017 6:23 PM

I understand you are currently taking comments on the proposed changes to Sherman Circle. I am a homeowner and resident of Petworth within ward 4. I am writing in favor of the proposed changes changes to the circle. As a frequent pedestrian and biker, I think the changes will improve the safety of myself and others.

Many thanks for recording the comments for these and other DC transportation projects.

Sent: Thu 9/21/2017 3:29 PM

Good afternoon Sir. Is like to meet with you about the traffic calming study for Sherman circle. My days off are Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you very much I look forward to speaking to you soon.

Sent: Fri 9/22/2017 8:40 AM

Thanks for getting back to me. Just to be clear, I thought the point of the trial was to try out an idea to see how people actually react to it. You saw how people react to it in the very short term (they did what the model predicts), but you cut the trial short because you think they might then do what you also predict. Isn't the point of a trial to see what people actually do? Also, aren't there specific tools (e.g. diverters & chicanes) to discourage cut-through traffic on local streets? Can this be part of the discussion? I think there's a lot of support for these types of measures.

Also, it seems that safety isn't a true consideration in the decision making process. Is this correct? Has any of the safety data been publicly released or presented? As I asked before, how does this relate to DC's Vision Zero policy? Does avoiding car traffic backups during the 10% of the day that is rush hour have a higher priority than safety at all times?

Sent: Tue 9/26/2017 9:41 AM

I want to express my support for the 1 lane trial on Sherman Circle NW.  I live on the circle and have been watching the 1 lane trial daily.  I have found it to be so beneficial and while initially, I wasn't sure if this was the way to make Sherman Circle safer, it now is clear to me that it is a great way to accomplish that.  I find cars are going slower and crossing into the circle feels safer as cars are not able to race around each other when one stops for pedestrians.   I park regularly on the circle and haven't found this to be an issue either - something I was initially concerned about.  I also haven't noticed any traffic issues or back up traffic, even during rush hour.  I do see cars going a little slower during those times, but really just going the speed limit rather than speeding around the circle so I see that as beneficial as well. 

 I do continue to see cars regularly speed through the stop sign where Illinois meets the circle on the south side.  Many cars either do not stop at all and speed into the circle or come to a rolling stop.  That intersection continues to feel unsafe for crossing at some times during the day.

  So I fully support making the 1 lane on the circle permanent.  If there is anyway I can show more support or provide more feedback for this, please let me know.

Sent: Tue 9/26/2017 11:04 AM

just wanted to voice my opinion - I’ve lived at sherman circle for 7 years.  I work from home and many times am on my front porch or walking near the circle.  I have witnessed many dangerous situations, some from drivers who are driving recklessly, some from drivers who are driving responsibly.  Mainly the dangerous situations involve pedestrians in the crosswalk and impatient drivers who are entering the circle without seeing them, passing cars in the inner lane and not seeing them, or going around a car who is stopped for a pedestrian.  There are cars I recognize that come through at the same time of day everyday, speeding into the circle, passing traffic, and screeching out of the circle onto one of the arteries.  The stop signs and stop for pedestrian signs have helped, but the single lane has had a much larger impact. 

When you approach the circle with a single lane, you have to slow down for the tighter turn, you cannot pass anybody, you drive as you would on a neighborhood street, not a thoroughfare.  This is the way everyone should be driving around the circle.

I have expected to see an impact on the traffic at rush hour, but I have not seen any.  I think it isn’t surprising given that the arteries are all single lane, and there isn’t any expectation, or reasonable use for a passing lane to help the flow of traffic. 

I also think the addition of a bike lane, and/or additional median strip/green space would be a welcome addition

thanks, and I hope that this helps to understand why sherman circle should be permanently converted to a 1 lane circle

Sent: Tue 9/26/2017 1:24 PM

Hello. I have experienced over the last two weeks that one lane of Sherman Circle has been inaccessible due to enormous barrels blocking it. I saw a notice posted on a light post explaining that DDOT is doing this in order to conduct some sort of traffic study.

I felt compelled to write because I fear DDOT may do to Sherman Circle what it did to Grant Circle. The traffic calming measures added to Grant Circle have made it an eye sore and the circle feels very confusing and congested. It is no longer tranquil and the gorgeous tree that dominates the center of Grant Circle is diluted with obtrusive traffic measures.

Sherman Circle is one of the most beautiful circles in our city and I would really hate to see it ruined by adding similar measures found at Grant Circle to it.

I would like to receive notice of any upcoming community meeting relating to Sherman Circle. Could you please let me know where I can go to sign up? Thanks very much.

Sent: Wed 9/27/2017 9:24 AM

I have lived on Sherman Circle since 2004. Compared to other neighborhoods of DC, there has not been that much change over the intervening time, and I can’t say I have noticed a change in traffic volume around the neighborhood, but I will say that just in the last 6 months or so, finding on-street parking has become somewhat harder.

My initial thought is that this was not a needed project — if people know how to use a circle properly. I can, however, understand that this is not always the case, and can see DDOT’s thought processes.

If the traffic flow in Sherman Circle is to be reworked, I have two specific (and somewhat related) negative feedback comments that I strongly hope are taken into consideration.

1) Moving cars now come much closer to parked cars outside the houses. I frequently have to wait to be able to open my car door, and am careful to only open it as narrow as possible to get out, and to stay close to my car while walking to the trunk or let my 4yo daughter out on the curb side. It is certainly more dangerous for those families with children who have to get out on the road side.

2) When using crosswalks to come back to my house from the inner “garden,” cars do not stop at the crosswalks (or certainly stop far less often) when standing on the curb; only when walking out into the pavement to the edge of the cones do I make it likely for cars to see me/us and stop. Again, this is not a great situation for small children.

The solution to this is that if there is to be but a single travel lane, it should be with as small a radius as possible, i.e, as close to the inner “garden” as possible.

Sent: Fri 9/29/2017 8:30 AM

Good Morning. Hope you are both well. When are the (expletives) barrels going to be removed from Sherman Circle? My vote it no to the single lane fiasco.

Caused more traffic and noise for those on the Circle. Also how would they close down one of the lanes? I don't want to look at some concrete barriers. How come the test on Grant didn't seem to take as long?

Sent: Fri 9/29/2017 10:21 AM

I'm a long-time resident of Sherman Circle. I wanted to say that the single-lane experiment has been a big success. As you know, many residents use the park in the circle and the pedestrian crossings are now much safer, since cars cannot pass a car stopped for a pedestrian. My neighbors and I all support making the change permanent.

I am also a bike commuter. My only concern with the permanent plan is I believe the bike lane is on outer most part of circle, and then parking and then traffic lane. Cars still travel quickly around the circle, especially making the turns onto Kansas, so it would be dangerous for cyclists trying to continue around the circle when they are screened from view of drivers by parked cars. I would suggest putting the parked cars on the outside, then the bike lane and traffic lane on inside, so cyclists and drivers can see each other.

Sent: Fri 9/29/2017 10:38 AM

I'm a long-time resident of Sherman Circle. We have really loved the single lane experiment. We have 2 small children and dog and we use the circle frequently to play, ride bikes, walk and having the traffic slowed around the circle feels MUCH safer for street crossing.

I hope this becomes a permanent solution soon!

Sent: Sun 10/1/2017 4:19 PM

I am adamantly opposed to the proposed closure of a traffic lane in Sherman Circle NW. After watching three week of the test closure, and having one lane blocked by orange and white barrels it is readily apparent, as it was prior to the test closure, that nothing will be improved by closing a lane. Traffic was much worst, and vehicles seemed to drive faster in an attempt to enter the circle in the only lane avAilable. Other cars turned onto side streets attempting to avoid traffic in the circle. All this creating a hazard that did not exist prior to the test closure. In short, closing one lane offers no benefit, increases hazards to bikes and pedestrians, and destroys the esthetic beauty of the circle on which I live.

Sent: Mon 10/2/2017 4:05 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Sherman Circle proposed changes

My comments:
- I support each of the proposals to improve safety in, and around Sherman Circle .

- DDOT should be aware that some Petworth neighbors have been circulating information that does not represent information I have heard or read from DDOT. Much of the information relates to anti-cyclist propaganda and is encouraging neighbors to speak out against increased cyclist infrastructure. At a previous meeting is was made clear that bike lanes are independent of other changes at Grant and Sherman Circles, so it may be best to add them separately if they hold up these processes.

- While I support the improvements to Sherman Circle, I'm concerned about the lack of progress implementing similar improvements to Grant Circle. Grant Circle is currently less safe for pedestrians, cyclists and cars, yet the process seems to be stalled. I look forward to the chance to voide my support for improvements to Grant Circle soon.

Sent: Sat 10/14/2017 10:28 PM

I am a Community Advocate in ward 4. I purchased my home from my grandmother  in 2005. She took much pride in the Petworth Community.

The proposed plan to altar the traffic lanes around Sherman Circle would be a hinderance to both pedestrians and motorists. During the traffic study we had the opportunity to witness first hand how much of a detriment and not an aid that this would be  Please do not allow this change to take place.

Sent: Tue 10/17/2017 4:39 PM

Thanks again for your efforts in evaluating options to improve safety in both Grant and Sherman Circles.

I live in between Grant and Sherman Circles, and frequent both multiple times a day (via car, foot, and bicycle). The main issues I have in both circles are:
1)      The high speeds of vehicles passing through the circles
2)      The aggression vehicles have towards other users of the road
3)      Poor and distracted driving (including poor adherence to the laws of the road and the lack of common safe driving practices)
 
I feel very strongly that if DC is serious about Vision Zero, DDOT needs to advance a number of safety improvement projects throughout the city.  My comments on the proposed safety improvements in Sherman Circle are as follows:
 
In both Sherman and Grant Circles, cars treat parking lane/shoulder as a third traffic lane to turn or to jump ahead of drivers who actually stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. My hope is that the proposed “edgeline” and “zebra curb-stops” will help prevent this, however my fear is that simply painting white stripes on the ground where cars exit the circle won’t keep them in their lanes. Can you install vertical flex posts along the border areas to help keep cars in their lanes? This is hard to convey in comments, so I’ve marked up the proposed schematic and indicated the “problem areas” I’m referring to here in red  where vertical protection would be helpful.

Regarding the proposal to convert all approaches to the Circle to yield control, I would prefer if all approaches were converted to Stop signs. Having vehicles first stop and then yield to traffic in the circle will help reduce speeds.

The planters installed on each side of the crosswalk need to be substantial enough to prevent vehicles from knocking them over/driving around them, but not so tall that they obstruct drivers’ view of pedestrians who might be waiting to enter the crosswalk. The same goes for the vegetation that goes in the planters – no tall shrubs/trees, please!

I don’t believe there are any speed limit signs posted in the Circle – could those be added within the circle? I have to assume that the speed limit within the circle is lower than the limit on some of the roads feeding into it?

At previous community meetings, raised crosswalks (serving as speed tables?) were nixed for Grant Circle, I believe due to how the road is classified by US DOT/it being a main thoroughfare in/out of DC. Does Sherman Circle have the same restrictions? If not, I would like to see raised speed table crosswalks around Sherman Circle, similar to what Lincoln Park has in SE DC.

I am in favor of reducing the travel lanes in Sherman Circle from two lanes to one. Depending on any associated impact to Grant Circle (i.e., more traffic diverting from traveling through Sherman to Grant Circle, instead), I would like options to be kept open to implement further improvements in Grant Circle.
 
I appreciate this comment period being extended and the fact that DDOT is not just entertaining – but encouraging – community input. That being said, I trust DDOT’s expertise as transportation experts to filter through our comments and concerns.  There are a number of falsehoods being spread on listservs etc. about these proposed changes – the most infuriating one being that the proposed single lane changes to both circles are just ruses to try and force in bike lanes. I believe you cleared that up in a previous meeting; both circles are wide enough that they could accommodate bike lanes without reducing the number of vehicular travel lanes (I believe that’s actually what is moving forward in Grant Circle). I trust that you will process all feedback accordingly, and not count responses as binary “in support of” or “against” the proposed changes, but in the context of feedback people have provided of why they are or are not in favor of the changes. 
 
Please let me know if you any of the above is unclear or you have any questions.

Sent: Mon 10/23/2017 12:58 PM

As current residents and homeowners (as of this week) within Ward 4, my wife and I wanted to register our support for the proposed improvements at Sherman Circle. We both bike to work every day and walk to the circle with our pet, and we anticipate the forthcoming changes will increase our safety as we pass through the intersection on our daily routine. Thank you for your time.

Sent: Wed 10/25/2017 11:17 AM

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on DDOT's proposed improvements to Sherman Circle outlined in NOI 17-127-PSD. My family and I live less than one block from Sherman Circle and use it daily as drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and for recreation.

We strongly support the proposal to reduce the traffic lane to one, enhance pedestrian crossing amenities and install a partially buffered bike lane. I commute to work daily on a bike through the circle, and with such a wide road surface, drivers often speed and behave aggressively. We also take our preschool-aged children to the circle to play on a daily basis, and we frequently find that cars do not stop, even when we are already in the crosswalks. Sometimes drivers take advantage of the inside lane to pass a driver who is yielding to crosswalk users and create a risky conflict in the crosswalk.

The improvements proposed would minimize these conflicts, enhance the circle's safety for all users and community purposes, and contribute to DC's Vision Zero goal.

Thank you again for the opportunity to comment. We look forward to seeing the improvements implemented as proposed.

Sent: Wed 10/25/2017 11:29 AM

As a resident of ANC 4D living just north of Sherman Circle, I just wanted to comment in support of the proposal to narrow traffic lanes in Sherman Circle and add a semi-protected bike lane. I think this would improve safety in the circle and reduce confusion between drivers and bicyclists.

Sent: Wed 10/25/2017 11:35 AM

Just wanted to send you a quick note to mention our families support for the proposed changes to Sherman Circle. We've reviewed the Notice of Intent and believe these to be excellent changes as a family that both bikes and drives. Plus, we like to use the community space of Sherman Circle for picnics, etc. and believe that having an increased general awareness of bike and pedestrian traffic there is a great idea.

I hope we're able to see these changes happen soon!

Sent: Thu 10/26/2017 6:52 PM

Is it possible to see the comments that have already been made and are more comments going to change what the study has already determined. I could understand extending the trial period to solidify the decisions that are going to be made but extending the comment period seems to just drag this out.

Sent: Fri 10/27/2017 9:01 AM

Thanks for the update on the extension.  Are you able to share anything further about what seems to be the consensus for Sherman Circle.  We are highly in favor of the one lane after the trial so I hope there is plenty of support for that!  Is there anything we can do to be helpful in the process?

Sent: Fri 10/27/2017 2:49 PM

Good afternoon. I am a Petworth resident and live within a few blocks of Sherman Circle. I am deeply supportive of DDOT's efforts to calm traffic in the circle. My partner and I frequent experience near misses walking, running and biking in the circle by inattentive, distracted and/or dangerous drivers. The proposed changes cannot come soon enough.

I support reducing the circle to one lane of traffic, shortening pedestrian crossing distances, adding planters and other improvements.

However, I am disappointed that DDOT will only install a buffered bike lane around the circle and not a fully protected bike lane. While adding a buffered bike lane is a significant improvement over the status quo, a protected lane would be additional benefits with few trade-offs. I realized protected lanes would require more extensive work to accommodate the bus stops, but there are reasonable and fast engineering solutions to this problem.

Most importantly, illegal parking in bike lanes in rampant in DC and in Petworth specifically. The bike lanes on Kansas Ave NW are often blocked by drivers and delivery trucks. On Sundays, church attendees double park all morning and into the afternoon in the bike lanes in the 4500 block of Kansas Ave. When the bike lanes are blocked they are functionally useless and require bicyclists to enter the general travel lane to continue. This is dangerous for bicyclists and is annoying for drivers. Protected bike lanes would solve this problem.

I support the project, but hope DDOT will reconsider protected bike lanes instead of buffered lanes.

Sent: Fri 10/27/2017 7:17 PM

The proposed plan to alter the traffic lanes around Sherman Circle would be a burden to both pedestrians and motorists and dangerous. Please do not allow this change to take place.

The recent lane closure was a disaster and just caused the normal traffic to use alternate routes in the neighborhood to avoid the nightmare. 

Sometimes it's ok to say NO!!! To a growing community.  Just to PRESERVE the historic makeup of the neighborhood.

Sent: Sat 10/28/2017 9:55 PM

I would like to see every entrance into Sherman Circle have a stop sign. In the morning the traffic backs up on Illinois Avenue because the other parts of the circle speed through because they don't have a stop sign.

I would also like to see a sign that states that there is a Sun glare as you go into the other side of Circle to Illinois Avenue. I caution sign to the runners and walkers. It's very blinding went the sun is shining.

Runners and walkers have no idea how Blinding that sun can be . It is especially challenging for senior citizens as people run without pausing at all .

Sent: Sat 10/28/2017 10:55 PM

I am a third generation Washingtonian. I love this city, so much so I wouldn’t go away to college, I stayed here and went to Howard. In High School we had Drivers Ed. classes. We were taught to yield into the circle, go into the inside lane. Put your signal on as you are coming to your exit, folks behind you know as you are turning toward your exit. Works every time, you can also tell when someone doesn’t know how to maneuver the circle.  It’s usually pretty dangerous and you really have to be defensive. They usually don’t give a hoot about traffic rules (no signals).

As for safety for the pedestrians, don’t step out into oncoming traffic. Cross when the coast is clear, no brainer. Pay attention get off your phones crossing the street. It’s crazy here now, people getting hit by cars was unheard of growing up here. We looked both ways and waited until the coasts was clear. I have seen women pushing strollers out into the street and not even look either way. Where did this come from and who put out that bulletin?

Please leave (Sherman) Circle alone.

Thank you for listening to me.

Sent: Mon 10/30/2017 3:34 PM

As a resident of Illinois Ave who bikes daily on Sherman and Grant Circles, I'd like to provide my feedback.

A bike lane would be helpful, as long as turning cars are not supposed to turn across the bike lane (the current Grant circle lane has cars turning into the bike lane, and I've already almost gotten hit).

Traffic calming rumble strips/bumps would certainly help slow cars down. On Sherman in particular, some cars speed through and don't slow down for pedestrians.

Sent: Mon 10/30/2017 11:39 PM

I've been living in this neighborhood for over 12 years and as the new families had come over I've seen DC drivers are more cautious, however, marylanders in their rush to their destination don't care much about pedestrians or bicyclists they are not used to share the road like most Washingtonians do.

What I feel that Sherman and Logan's circles need are speed limit signs, some speed strips, and light.

Sent: Tue 10/31/2017 9:02 PM

My wife and I live on Sherman Circle, and I'd like my comments below on the transportation study included for the record.

I support the proposed changes at Sherman Circle to reduce the number of lanes to one. I'm glad the traffic study was conducted because it made us feel safer walking to and around the circle while the study was going on. Cars definitely slowed down and thus stopped more quickly for us when we moved to enter the crosswalk. Also, it made it safer for us when we parked along the street for entering and exiting our car and for pulling out of our parking space on the street. On the southside of the circle on Kansas Avenue going south, cars really whip around that turn. It would be beneficial just to add more clearly defined lanes like at Grant Circle so that cars don't go too fast into the turn onto Kansas going south.

I also support the idea of adding a bike lane, adding more clearly defined traffic lines and crosswalks, which I think would also make cars slow down, or expanding the size of Sherman Circle when the lanes are reduced to one to increase green space. The circle is a wonderful community asset. We use it every day to walk our dog, and it's nice to feel safe when we use the circle.

Sent: Wed 11/1/2017 10:21 AM

As a Children's National employee, 16th St Heights resident, bike commuter, and father of two, I am really excited for the upcoming changes to Grant & Sherman circles. I often ride with one (or even both) kids on my bike, and I have made a habit of avoiding the circles whenever possible (particularly when I have a kid on the bike)--for safety reasons, of course. This leads me to utilize sidewalks and, on occasion, going against traffic on small residential streets as a safer alternative. I really hope these changes will make our neighborhood more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly.

Thanks for all your hard work on this process.

Sent: Fri 11/3/2017 10:27 AM

My husband and I live just off Sherman Circle and wanted to weigh in that we are highly in favor of the lane reduction around Sherman Circle. 

Sent: Sat 11/4/2017 9:41 PM

I am writing to express my strong approval for a plan to change Sherman Circle to one lane of traffic.  My two-year-old, my husband, and I regularly walk along Kansas Avenue to get from our home to the library, restaurants, and other businesses in Petworth.  We have had many near miss experiences when crossing the street or had times when driver after driver did not stop for us when we tried to cross.   We would love to see even more of a focus on pedestrian safety at Sherman Circle and elsewhere in the city.

Sent: Mon 11/6/2017 8:51 AM

I am writing in support of all of DDOT's proposed changes to Sherman Circle. As both a pedestrian and a bicyclist living in the neighborhood, I felt much safer trying to cross Sherman Circle during the one lane test period. Drivers seemed to pay more attention with only one lane, and as suspected, it slowed their speed. With two lanes, many drivers will completely ignore pedestrians to the point where they'll even pass other cars that have stopped at a cross walk. Or worse, they'll almost run into the back end of cars that have stopped. I've seen many near misses. On the times that I passed through the circle during rush hour, I didn't notice that there was any back-up of traffic either. Lastly, I've looked at the entire list of proposed modifications, and they don't appear like they'll be unattractive or in any way disturb the view around the circle. I think the proposed changes to Sherman Circle will only increase safety and improve quality of life in the neighborhood.

Sent: Mon 11/6/2017 4:13 PM

After observation of the traffic patterns during the trial period I found the following:
1. Traffic backups when bus was stopped at Crittenden Street (South) during the trial.
2. Three separate bike/car encounters (one requiring medical services) I observed from my porch. (more on this later)*
3. Not certain which of streets leading into circle will have bike lanes so that a biker in their lane  say-on 7th Street can safely merge into a bike lane in the circle. 
4. There are already stop signs at streets leading into circle that if enforced for both motorist and bikers would improve safety. Stop signs are better than yield signs if enforced and/or obeyed by all. 

These are just a few comments from discussions with other long time residents, whose children grew up on this circle, played in park and nearby playgrounds. We feel the lack of any serious accidents on the circle in the last ten years and given the steps already taken to improve the area are sufficient and additional changes are not merited at this time.

*As far as the bikers are concerned, not just on this circle, but throughout the DC area, perhaps thought can be given to a program that does not seem to still exist. Training for bikers on traffic rules and regulations. Stopping for red lights and stop signs. Not weaving in and out around cars due to traffic. Being aware of pedestrians with small children, seniors on canes and walkers.  I was in the crosswalk, walking with a cane and a biker rolled up and almost over me, crossed to the wrong side of the street and kept on going. The Police Department and the school system had a collaborative on bike safety  that worked. Perhaps that program can be re-activated.  I would be more than happy to work on a task force for a bike safety program. An avid biker as a youth and  young adult, I knew the rules, used hand signals when turning and stopped for traffic signs and signals. I rode all over DC and Maryland without incident for more than ten years. My children all rode bikes without problems; but they too knew the rules and obeyed them.

Please consider these comments as plans are being made.

Sent: Mon 11/6/2017 5:34 PM

leave the Sherman circle travel lanes as is. 

Sent: Tue 11/7/2017 9:39 AM

I have lived in Petworth since 1989 and use Sherman Circle most days of the week.  I am writing to comment on the changes in the traffic pattern on Sherman Circle.

I believe a single traffic lane is much safer and easier for both drivers and pedestrians to navigate than the two traffic lanes currently in place.

As a driver, I find the two lanes more difficult to navigate than the single lane traffic pattern which was used in the recent traffic pattern study on Sherman Circle. I find that if I am driving in the inner (left) lane, there are a multitude of things to consider to get into the outer (right) lane to make a right turn onto Kansas and/or Illinois Avenues or other exits, while also watching for pedestrians crossing or wanting to cross. And then will the right lane traffic allow you in?

Despite the signs notifying motorists of the pedestrian crossings (and the fines associated with ignoring the law), some motorists stop for motorists and others do not. I have not seen any enforcement of the pedestrian crossing laws on Sherman Circle. Therefore crossing onto or out of the circle with two lanes is hazardous for a pedestrian.  A single lane I believe is also safer for pedestrians.

With the recent study which utilized only one traffic lane I found it much easier and safer for me to get around the circle and exit. I also felt safer as a pedestrian.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

Sent: Tue 11/7/2017 10:24 AM

I live on Kansas Ave approximately half a mile north of the circle and drive through Sherman Circle daily because my son attends E.L. Haynes. I also frequently walk through the circle as a pedestrian.

I do agree that the circle is dangerous to pedestrians and fully support improvements. The temporary lane closures, however, did significantly impact traffic when a bus was traveling through the circle. Because the buses did not clear the travel lane when stopping, traffic would have to stop and wait for the bus to load passengers.  I appreciate the effort to reduce the risk of double threat pedestrian collisions, but having all the traffic stop for buses does not seem like a great solution.  Perhaps a wider area passing area by the bus stop might help.  However, even during the study, there was sufficient room to pass if the buses pulled out of the travel lane to stop, but the buses did not do this.  Another alternative might be to relocate the bus stop to just outside the circle.  I would not support a solution that ignores traffic back ups, in part because frustrated drivers do not create safe conditions for pedestrians.

Sent: Tue 11/7/2017 7:08 PM

I am a Petworth resident who lives a couple of blocks off of Sherman Circle, and I wanted to share my comments regarding the recent experiment with going down to one lane around the circle.

During the one-lane experiment, I felt less safe both driving and walking around the circle. As a driver, the visual distraction caused by the cones made it more difficult to see pedestrians waiting to cross at the intersections, and I found myself 'cut off' more often by cars turning into the circle. As a pedestrian, I waited longer to cross into the circle, and had more cars pass by before one stopped. Frankly, we mostly avoided using the middle of the Circle because it felt too dangerous trying to cross with my young son.

As a driver and bicyclist, I think a drawn bike lane around the circle would be a great addition, helping both drivers and cyclists travel around the circle more safely. But the one-lane design, particularly with the added visual distraction of cones/bollards/etc, made me feel less safe, not more safe.

Sent: Thu 11/9/2017 12:58 PM

This note serves to reiterate my concerns posed at a recent ANC 4C meeting which Mayor Bowser attended.  I have lived a block from Sherman Circle for over a decade.  I have feared for my life many a time attempting to cross with my dog (who is as tall as a small pony so very visible) and later with him and my son in a stroller, and now other forms of wheels. 

We always have to "make a run for it", and turn it into a game for fear that a car will come barreling around.  I have had near misses multiple times and have even stopped and pointed to the signs indicating the fine to drivers who do not stop.

I wholeheartedly support the change to make Sherman Circle one lane and would be happy to talk further about my perspective on the single lane temporary closure which I saw as very successful.

Sent: Thu 11/9/2017 9:13 PM

I hope all is very well on your end.  I am, again, resubmitting comments regarding the proposed lane change at Sherman Circle below.  This information continues to be an issue which simply CANNOT BE IGNORED as it greatly affects the lives our community.

The proposed changes to the lanes around Sherman Circle are an economic waste of D.C. tax payer's dollars, clearly designed to appease a very small segment of the community.  Based on the plan you previously submitted, which includes the installation of a bike lane, would cost taxpayers $938,000.00, nearly 1 million dollars!  This is an EXORBITANT expenditure!!  With consideration to the number of roads and accompanying alleys that are in desperate need of repairs, it is totally foolish to spend the District's valued funding on this type of lane change.  Our residents have suggested many other options which you have heard and should be taken as priority consideration.  This change does not enhance pedestrian safety; it hinders and compromises it.  Increased speeding is inherent in this proposal, with the likelihood of an increases in traffic incidents. 

Ted, there are no data to justify these proposed changes.  Traffic was not as congested on Sherman Circle as it was around Grant circle.  Traffic congestion has occurred (please see attached photos). 

Again, the implementation of the proposed DDOT changes will only increase the likelihood of traffic problems, not reduce them.  The other measures previously recommended are more efficient and effective.  While there is a bike lane in the new plan (which we are in favor of), DDOT should be more diligent in designing a plan that incorporates the existing travel lanes and parking lanes.  I cannot reiterate enough to you that DDOT should not disregard the needs of a large group of residents in order to accommodate a smaller group. 

A strong reconsideration of the proposed DDOT is needed.

Sent: Thu 11/9/2017 10:37 PM

In reference to Sherman Circle DDOT study , I feel changing it to one lane would cause unnecessary delays and congestion. Currently living in Sherman Circle, I have a clear vantage point and of the pedestrian and vehicle traffic and I feel that changing it to 1 lane would actually cause accidents as I witnessed cars not having enough room to maneuver and making sudden stops to make left and right turns to adjacent streets.  I hope you take all this into consideration!

Sent: Thu 11/9/2017 10:50 PM

I live at Gallatin Street NW and travel through Sherman Circle many times a day, often twice to drop of my wife by car around 8:15am, then twice later to and from work by bike, and then once walking the dog at night.  This gives me an almost complete sense of time of day and different modes of transportation.  My home is not on the circle, so I cannot speak to that. 

The greatest danger of this circle is the speed with which cars are able to enter and exit it.  With the wide lanes and wide turn areas, many do not slow down at all.  The current wide entries mean very little time for pedestrians to even notice a car, particularly when it is dark, before it is on you.  I am fit and my dog is used to running, but I find myself always very anxious trying to get into the circle, even at non-peak times.  Going to one lane really made it a ton safer to enter the circle park as a pedestrian, particularly with a dog.  Drivers do not slow or stop because they are going so fast.  One change that I believe must absolutely be made is to make is that the turns needed to get into the circle a tighter turn, so that cars must slow down to enter.  That is tighter entry lanes.

As a car driver in rush hour, I did not notice any slowing down with the loss of a lane.  Occasionally with two lanes, there would be delays getting into the circle, with one lane there were occasionally delays getting into the circle.  If anything, when there was a line heading S. on Illinois into the circle, it was ironically easier to get into the flow of traffic with one lane rather than two.  The gaps were easier to judge with one lane and no lane changing.  So as a driver I did not experience any downside during the one-lane trial on Sherman. 

As a cyclist, I would very much appreciate a protected bike lane.  On Grant Circle the protected bike lane makes me feel safe and the lower speeds of cars when Sherman was taken down to one lane were much safer feeling even without a bike lane.  Particularly for less experienced cyclists, these changes will make bike commuting much more welcome, helping congestion in the city and resident health all around. 

My final comment is that going down to one land and having a protected bike lane would bolster the community movement toward reenergizing the Sherman Circle Park.  Activities like Sherman Circle Social and the addition of lovely benches have made it a welcome space, and these proposed changes would make it safer and more welcoming to gather in community to celebrate this increasingly welcoming space.  That is of great value to me.

Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 12:28 AM

As a resident of Sherman Circle, I'd like to note my support of the one lane closure that took place during the trial run several weeks ago.

It seemed that traffic was not impacted negatively, particularly during morning and evening rush hours, yet I found that pedestrian safety had increased significantly because drivers couldn't skirt around other cars who had appropriately slowed down for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 10:11 AM

I am writing to provide my feedback on the proposed changes to Sherman Circle. I live on the circle and and cross traffic as a pedestrian to enter and exit the circle at least once a day walking my dog and / or coming home from the bus stop. I also drive through the circle on a normal basis. I found that the one-trial made it significantly easier and safer to cross the street and eliminated the threat of cars whipping around from the outside lane to the inside lane while a pedestrian is crossing the street. I did not observe any traffic back-ups in the circle or on surrounding streets.

-I am in favor of reducing the circle to one lane as it was during the trial person in September.
-I am not in favor of changing the stop signs to yield signs at Crittenden Street. I cross Crittenden on the west side of the circle daily and drivers often do not see/ pay attention to pedestrians, especially those coming from the side that is the opposite direction of traffic.
-I am in favor of the planters on the circle side of the street if they are well drained and do not increase places for mosquitoes to breed.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on these changes.

Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 1:27 PM

I'm a resident of Petworth and liked the one lane trail and think the proposal should be implemented. The study made transportation noticeably sfer for all bystanders. Cars rarely travel in the inside lane anyway. Thanks for your consideration!

Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 4:53 PM

My family lives on Sherman Circle and frequents it as drivers and pedestrians.  We also enjoying spending time in the Circle with our daughter.

As such, I regularly find myself waiting for cars to follow the law and stop for pedestrians.  When they do stop, the multiple threat is triggered - that second car often whips around and near misses occur.  I am glad that data shows very few pedestrian-involved accidents on the Circle but I don’t like operating in the “what if” when improvements can be made.

I was intrigued by DDOT’s original proposal to reduce the Circle to one lane and add a bike lane as well as green infrastructure. My neighbors were as well. So I was glad when they decided to do a trial.  During the trial, one lane absolutely made me feel safer as a pedestrian.  I also found it easier to navigate the Circle in the car - one lane eliminated any need to worry about cars crossing over at the last minute to turn right off the Circle.

I did not observe regular back-ups during morning or evening rush hour.  I did observe back-ups in one way: when WMATA buses did not pull over to their designated parking pad as they are supposed to. This did not happen very often as far as I could tell and I am optimistic that engagement with WMATA drivers will alleviate this issue.

I also did not observe any impediments to emergency vehicles like the 24 engine that comes down Illinois Avenue.  However, I am not satisfied by DDOT’s commentary on this in the Frequently Asked Questions document.  It does not give me confidence that DDOT engaged any services besides MPD. While I favor one lane it remains very important to me that DDOT reconciles this in its final study report.  This applies to snow removal trucks as well. 

Overall, my family’s priority is feeling safer as pedestrians with minimal impact to our and other commuters' ability to drive around the circle safely. The one lane trial accomplished this.  I remain very interested in seeing the data and hearing DDOT’s full analysis. 

Thank you for your efforts.

Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 6:36 PM

I am writing against the proposed changes to Sherman Circle.   The recent changes made to Grant Circle have greatly increased congestion along New Hampshire Ave north of Grant Circle.   As a resident living on 4th Street between Grant and Sherman, the increased congestion would be an adverse impact.
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