Building a livable, walkable city means creating a mix of neighborhood amenities, like the spectacular Barracks Row, within minutes of your home.

Since joining the D.C. Council, Tommy has won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements. Whether bringing Ward 6 residents back to their neighborhood schools or creating the next generation of public transportation, Tommy works with the leadership and communities in every corner of Ward 6 — from the Southwest Waterfront to the H Street Corridor, from Shaw to Capitol Hill — to guide development that focuses on neighborhood needs.


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November 26, 2014 8th Annual Livable, Walkable Awards

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Please mark your calendar for December 3, 2014 and join us Tommy Wells's 8th annual Livable, Walkable Awards from 7 to 9pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE.

"To create a truly livable, walkable community, it takes leadership and vision -- not just from those elected to office, but also from our neighbors, city employees, civic organizations, and local businesses," said Councilmember Wells. "The Livable, Walkable Awards celebrate the leadership, commitment, and vision of people who are making our great city even greater."

At the event, Councilmember Wells will hand out this year's awards in four categories:

  • The Neighbor Award;
  • The Business Award;
  • The Community Organization Award; and
  • The Public Service Award

In addition to the awards, there will be a wide variety of tasty food provided by:

  • Nandos Peri-Peri
  • Crunkcakes
  • H & Pizza
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies
  • Matchbox
  • Harry's Bar & Grill
  • Queen Vic

Special thanks also to Frager's Just Ask Rental, Surroundings, CreateDC and Atlas Performing Arts Center for contributing to the event.

The event is free and open to the public, but please let us know you're coming by clicking here.

November 17, 2014 Phase 2 of the Third Street Tunnel Utility Relocation Project along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW will Begin Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Crews to Work Overnight November 17, 2014 (starting at 7 pm) to implement Traffic Pattern Shift - Expect Detours

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that Phase 2 the Third Street Tunnel Project for utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street, NW, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  The related work, involving removal, relocation and replacement of existing underground utilities will impact both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and is expected to last six months, weather permitting. 

Construction activities during this phase will generally occur during the following hours:

·         Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

·         Saturday and Sunday work, scheduled only as needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Phase II Traffic Pattern Shifts:

·         3rd Street will be closed north of the H Street; traffic will be redirected around this intersection (to utilize 4th and I Streets) for the full duration of Phase 2.

·         H Street will be re-opened westbound, allowing traffic to travel directly through the Massachusetts Avenue intersection from 2nd to 4th Streets; eastbound traffic will remain as currently configured. 

·         Temporary Lane Closures should be expected between 7:00am to 12:00am.  Traffic barrels, cones, and flaggers shall be implemented to redirect traffic as necessary.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the work zone. Pedestrians are reminded to follow the sidewalk detours and not to enter into the work zones for their own safety and the safety of the construction crews.

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, use alternate routes or seek alternate means of transportation, as traffic delays are likely to occur.

For additional details please contact the project's public outreach office at 202-719-0196.

For more information about the project, please visit: www.3rdsttunnel.com

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November 5, 2014 CM Wells announces Friday mark-up & vote on key pedestrian safety bill; CMs Wells & Grosso to hold joint press conference tomorrow

PRESS RELEASE
November 5, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063, jchristian@dccouncil.us

 

COUNCILMEMBER TOMMY WELLS, CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY & PUBLIC SAFETY, ANNOUNCES FRIDAY MARK-UP AND VOTE ON KEY PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BILL

 

Councilmember Wells, Councilmember Grosso, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
and All Walks DC to hold joint press conference Thursday, November 6 at 10am

WASHINGTON, DC-- On Friday, November 7, the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety will hold a mark-up and vote on B20-884, the "Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Amendment Act of 2014," which would remove the harsh and antiquated system of contributory negligence for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable roadway users who are injured in collisions with motor vehicles. The introduced bill is available here.

"Pedestrians and bicyclists injured in a crash with a motor vehicle are frequently barred from recovering damages to pay for associated medical bills and damaged property," said Councilmember Tommy Wells. "The District of Columbia and four other states are the only remaining jurisdictions in the nation with this outdated and unjust negligence standard. I am proud that we are finally taking the steps to change this unfair law."

"Fairness, safety and equity are the basic principles of this legislation," said At-Large Councilmember David Grosso who co-introduced the bill with Councilmembers Wells and Cheh. "Based on the testimony we received during the September hearing, the Committee was able to expand the bill to include vulnerable users from pedestrians, cyclists, those in wheelchairs and others.  This amendment significantly enhances the bill, adding a needed layer of protection for those residents who rely on alternate means of transportation to get around the city."

The Committee worked with the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), the Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC), and All Walks DC to help craft the bill. "It is well past time for DC to join the majority of states in bringing fairness to the legal system for vulnerable roadway users, including bicyclists and pedestrians," says Shane Farthing, WABA executive director. "The victim-blaming contributory negligence doctrine prevents blocks access to justice for people hoping to recover from roadway crashes and injuries. As bicycling continues to grow in the city, we count on our elected officials to make the necessary legal changes to protect people who bike, and we look forward the passage of this bill."

"All Walks DC calls upon our elected representatives to make a stand against the legal status quo that protects drivers and insurance companies at the expense of pedestrians," said Tracy Loh of All Walks DC. "This bill is an opportunity to not only make DC safer, but improve access to real justice for pedestrians who suffer traffic conflicts in our great walking city."

"The Pedestrian Advisory Council advises the Mayor and Council, and in this role we voted to recommend that pedestrians be included in the bill and testified to this at the September hearing," said PAC Chair Jason Broehm. "We're pleased that the bill was amended to do this."

To rally support for the bill, Councilmembers Wells and David Grosso will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, November 6 at 10:00am in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building. Wells and Grosso will be joined by All Walks DC and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association which will unveil its official voting record scorecard for DC Councilmembers. B20-884 is the first bill on which Councilmembers' votes will be graded. 

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS

WHAT: Joint Press Conference

WHO: DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, DC Councilmember David Grosso, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, All Walks DC

DATE: Thursday, November 6, 2014

TIME: 10:00am

WHERE: Room 123, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Both Councilmembers will be available for questions immediately following the presentation

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November 3, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY: CMs Wells & Grosso to hold joint press conference Thursday, Nov 6 at 10am

Media advisory as pdf: 2014-11-03-MEDIAADVISORY-WELLS-GROSSO-NOV6PRESSER.pdf

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November 3, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Julia Robey Christian, 202.724.8063, jchristian@dccouncil.us

WASHINGTON, DC--DC Councilmembers Tommy Wells and David Grosso will hold a joint press conference with Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), All Walks DC, and other non-vehicular transportation advocates on Thursday, November 6  at 10am. At the press conference, WABA will unveil its official voting record scorecard for DC Councilmembers.

WHAT: Joint Press Conference

WHO:
DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, DC Councilmember David Grosso, Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), All Walks DC.

DATE:
Thursday, November 6, 2014

TIME:
10:00am

WHERE:
Front steps of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004 

Both Councilmembers will be available for questions immediately following the presentation.

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October 30, 2014 November events at RFK View a pdf of the schedule here: 10-30-14-RFK-EVENTS.pdf

Event Date(s)

Event Name

Estimated Attendance

Areas Used

Details /  Description

11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014

D.C. United Playoff Conference Semifinals

20,000

RFK Stadium and Festival Grounds

2:30 PM

Team TBD.

Tickets range from $30.70-$62.95 (online), $25.00-$55.00 (Box Office). For tickets or more information, visit www.dcunited.com.

11/09/2014 - 11/09/2014

La Feria de la Familia

10,000

DC Armory -Drill Floor

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FREE & open to the public.  La Feria is a family-friendly expo style event featuring information, services and entertainment.

For more info:  http://www.zgsgroup.com/events.htm

11/14/2014 - 11/16/2014

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders

6,500 per day

DC Armory -Drill Floor

11/14: 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM

11/15: 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM

11/16: 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders honors exceptional high school students dedicated to the profession of medicine and inspires them to continue their focus on the critical Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) subject areas.

For more information, visit http://www.futuredocs.com/

11/22/2014 - 11/22/2014

My School DC Education Festival

3,000-5,000

DC Armory -Drill Floor

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The My School DC Education Festival is the District's cross-sector education festival showcasing traditional public school and public charter school options available to all families in the city. The event celebrates the diversity District student communities have to offer by hosting student performances.

For more information, visit:  http://www.myschooldc.org/ or call 202.888.6336.