My testimony is available here and a video of the hearing can be viewed on the Council website. (I think I begin around minute 17).
This was my first time testifying as an ANC Commissioner and it was truly an honor to represent the Dupont neighborhood on something so important as transportation safety. Our ANC supports the bill and continued traffic safety efforts, though I was very glad to have the opportunity to offer suggestions to Councilmember Cheh on the legislative language.
In particular, we had concerns about the term “safe accommodation” as it relates to the proposed requirement for construction projects blocking sidewalks and bicycle lanes. This is an important safety measure for pedestrians and bikers and Councilmember Cheh recognized at the hearing that the language was “a little nebulous”. I hope to work with her staff to develop a statutory definition of the term to better protect walkers and bikers.
I had a great time testifying today and I hope to represent our neighborhood more regularly before the Council as well as city boards and commissions.