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About DDOT Blogger

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) develops and maintains for the District of Columbia a cohesive sustainable transportation system that delivers safe, affordable, and convenient ways to move people and goods - while protecting and enhancing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the District.

E-Bikes, Bikeshare for Vets and #RackAttack: A Few of the Many Ways DC is Furthering Its Bike Program

Promoting a vibrant bike culture has been one of the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) core goals since DDOT debuted the first bikeshare program in the United States in 2008. More than a decade after the agency helped mainstream the … Continue reading

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Measuring Success in Miles: DDOT Restores More Than 50 Roadway Miles Under Mayor’s PaveDC Initiative

In April 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser challenged DDOT to eliminate all roads in poor condition in Washington, DC, by 2024. We’re making progress. DDOT has paved more than 50 miles of roadway since the launch of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s PaveDC … Continue reading

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Rebuilding DC: Mayor Bowser’s AlleyPalooza Campaigns Restore 500+ Alleys

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s AlleyPalooza initiative, an ongoing campaign to improve the District’s alley system, has restored or repaired more than 500 alleys in the city since the program debuted in July 2015. The most recent installment, AlleyPalooza 8, kicked off … Continue reading

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Room to Grow: DDOT Continues Pace of Planting 8,000 Trees Per Year, Takes on New Responsibilities

On a crisp October day a DDOT team was planting an American hornbeam tree (Carpinus caroliniana) on the 1700 block of 30th Street SE. The tree, when fully grown, could reach almost 50 feet high – just high enough to peer … Continue reading

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Necessary Accommodations: How DDOT Prioritizes Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety Near Work Zones

Construction is a dangerous business. According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 991 people were killed in the private construction industry in 2016, which accounted for more than 21 percent of total private industry worker deaths that … Continue reading

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Moving Toward Vision Zero: DDOT Continues to Grow Its School Crossing Guard Force

It was closing in on the end of the school year and Kiarra Hunt was waiting for what had become a daily ritual: a high five from a passing Dad who was ushering his two small children to Van Ness … Continue reading

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DDOT’s Good Samaritans Get Eyes on the Ground

It was 20 degrees and Roadway Operations Patrol (ROP) transportation assistant Byron Beckham was helping to nudge a towbar under the collapsed hull of a maroon sedan. In the next few minutes he’d sweep up the assortment of glass, metal … Continue reading

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