Launch of the People Before Cars coalition at National Landing (press release)
The National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) today joined with local stakeholders to launch the âPeople Before Carsâ coalition to unite organizations in the region around common priorities to create a more transport network. safe and more accessible at National Landing.
Joining the IDB in the Coalition are Sustainable mobility for Arlington County, an advocacy organization that promotes smart transportation options for Arlingtoners; Arlington Families for Safe Streets, a community voice for infrastructure and policy changes towards safer and more equitable mobility; and Washington Area Cyclists Association, a non-profit organization with the objective of a fair transport system and JBG SMITH, National Landing’s largest property owner and developer whose projects are redefining the region’s built environment.
âWe need to come together as a community to advocate for improvements to the National Landing transportation network that will lead to a more equitable and accessible neighborhood,â said Tracy Sayegh Gabriel, President and Executive Director of National Landing BID. âThe future of our downtown depends on the decisions we make today, and it is essential that we stand together to express that our priority is people and their safety.
The People Before Cars coalition seeks to address community concerns about safety by championing the implementation of best practices in people-centered urban design and planning. The Coalition is centered on a set of common priorities for key projects and opportunities to improve multimodal mobility at National Landing, and will work together to advance these priorities through public awareness, advocacy and engagement with key stakeholders, including Arlington County and VDOT.
âThe People Before Cars coalition is possible because people-centered street design helps us achieve many different goals: tackling climate change, improving safety and building a vibrant and vibrant city center. It’s rare to have residents, landowners, and a business community who understand that great places are built for people first and foremost. We have that at National Landing and together we can do great things. Our goal is to build a great place where residents have the freedom to move around the way they want, âsaid Chris Slatt, Chair of Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County.
The Coalition comes at a critical time. As described in BID’s Mobility Next report, eight major transportation projects with an estimated total cost of $ 4 billion, including the study of multimodal improvements to VDOT Route 1, are currently in preparation and are expected to be completed. delivered in phases over the next decade. Combined with the myriad of private development projects that are helping to reshape the neighborhood streetscape, National Landing has an incredible opportunity to improve walkability and provide mobility on a human scale.
âWith the current wave of development at National Landing, we have a unique opportunity to establish a safe, sustainable and equitable transportation system by looking beyond individual projects to the region as a whole. Arlington Families for Safe Streets is thrilled to be part of the People Before Cars Coalition to achieve this important goal. By promoting walking, cycling and public transportation, our transportation system will be safer, more sustainable, more equitable, and better support local businesses, âsaid Gillian Burgess, President of Arlington Families for Safe Streets.
âThrough the People Before Cars coalition, we have an incredible opportunity to harness the energy and potential to turn National Landing into a national example of what infrastructure can look like if you prioritize the needs of walkers, cyclists and public transport versus cars. This coalition of business and community leaders can be a voice in the region for sustainable transportation and a leader in the movement to develop multimodal transportation options for residents while ensuring that these options are met. both fair and respond to our climate crisis, âsaid Jeremiah Lowery, Advocacy. Director of the Washington Area Cyclists Association.
âJBG SMITH has always focused on creating spaces through the creation of pedestrian, urban environments where people come first and their experience matters. We are pleased to join the National Landing BID and community partners to help ensure that safe and sustainable mobility is a central part of the broader transformation underway at National Landing, âsaid Jay Corbalis, vice president of public affairs by JBG SMITH and co-chair of the BID National Transport Committee for the landing.
Street-level improvements that put people first are at the forefront of the Coalition’s efforts. Recommendations include upgrading Route 1 to create a more human-centered experience that prioritizes those who walk, cycle and use public transportation; incorporating new signals, signal synchronization and speed control at various locations to make walking easier and safer; and provide an interconnected network of protected bicycle lanes, cycling facilities and trails that provide a safe place for people to cycle and use scooters away from people walking on the sidewalk. Additionally, “People Before Cars” highlights the importance of building the CC2DCA Intermodal Connector, which will provide a convenient way for people to walk and cycle from downtown National Landing directly to Ronald Reagan National Airport. from Washington.
Expanding and improving public transit is also a critical part of the Coalition’s Ideal for Greater Accessibility. The pledge describes rail and highway improvements, including Amtrak service to Crystal City and MARC trains, as well as increased frequency on the Metroway, Transitway and bus lines. In addition, the Coalition calls for various foresight studies to determine long-term solutions to mass transit, traffic and motor vehicle traffic within National Landing.
The launch of the âPeople Before Carsâ coalition builds on the IDB’s efforts to transform National Landing into the most connected urban center in the country. In the spring, the organization launched a public awareness campaign around its work to create a greener and more inviting Route 1. In January, the BID released its Mobility Next report, outlining a strong portfolio of public and private projects that will enable the next generation of mass transit. in the neighborhood.
For more information on the Coalition, its vision and priorities, or to join: https://nationallanding.org/get-around/people-before-cars-coalition