The TPB proclaims May 18 Bike to Work Day! Here’s a recap of the April 18 TPB meeting

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TPB Chair Charles Allen signs the proclamation designating May 18 as Bike to Work Day. (TPB)

At its April 18 meeting, the TPB proclaimed May 18 as Bike to Work Day for the Washington region. Registration is now open at biketoworkmetrodc.org. The board also approved 11 bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia for $5.4 million in funding through the Transportation Alternatives Set-aside. The meeting included briefings on results from last summer’s Visualize 2045 public opinion survey, updates on upcoming Visualize 2045 public forums, and learned about freight and livability.

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TPB actions at the February 21 meeting

Approved funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Virginia. The board approved $5.4 million in transportation alternatives set-aside funding for 11 projects in northern Virginia. The selected projects meet regional policies including providing more options for non-drivers, supporting activity centers, providing access to transit, and enhancing safe routes to schools. Learn more about the projects.

Proclaimed May 18 as Bike to Work Day. The board approved the official proclamation designating May 18 as the region’s Bike to Work Day. Now in its 16th year, Bike to Work Day encourages commuters to try out biking to work. This year there will be 100 pit stops across the region offering snacks, giveaways, and more. Learn more and register for BTWD.

Approved the “3C” agreement. The board voted to approve the “3C” agreement for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to conduct a cooperative, continuing, and comprehensive metropolitan transportation planning process as required by Federal law. Learn more.


Other highlights

Visualize 2045 survey results and public forums. The board received a briefing on the results from last summer’s Visualize 2045 survey. The briefing focused on the random sample results and highlighted the first question which asked, which factors do respondents consider in their transportation choices. Regardless of travel mode or sub-region, “reliability” was the factor that rose to the top. See the presentation.

MORE: Drivers, transit riders, and people who walk and bike said reliability influences their travel choices the most

The board was also briefed on the public forums now taking place throughout the region. The Visualize 2045 public forums are providing people in the region a chance to talk about the seven initiatives the TPB endorsed in December and January. These forums will be continuing throughout April and May.

MORE: Visualize the future: Public forums explore seven big transportation ideas for the region

Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Katherine Kortum presented the CAC report. At the CAC’s April meeting, the committee discussed the Visualize 2045 public forums. The CAC received a briefing on the first forum held the night before in Frederick, Maryland and provided feedback. Committee members also discussed how they could help spread the word and encourage people to attend. Read the CAC report.

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