District Department of Transportation:

  Rock Creek Far West Livability Study 

What is a Livability Study?

Livability refers to the quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate in a community. In a transportation context, livability refers to improvements in public space that increase safety and access for all users of the transportation system.

Livability study areas include several neighborhoods and are conducted with a system-wide perspective in mind to evaluate traffic safety and recommend improvements.

Recommendations for intersections and streets are developed to provide solutions that do not shift the problem to adjacent blocks or intersections. Livability studies include robust public outreach, with the goal to ensure residents support each recommendation. Livability studies also align with Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Initiative, which has an objective to reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of the District’s transportation system by 2024.

Livability study areas are determined based on the Area Elements of the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as the overall transportation network of the District.

Each livability study concludes with a list of recommendations, which can include safer pedestrian crossings, more accessible bus stops, geometric adjustments that support intersection safety, signage for better driver information, and speed controls in sensitive areas.

About The Study

The Rock Creek Far West Livability Study will propose interventions to improve transportation safety, regardless of how you get around.

At the end of the study, the District Department of Transportation will provide recommendations addressing such issues as:

  • Enhancing transportation safety,
  • Improving pedestrian crossings and sidewalks,
  • Improving the bicycle network,
  • Making intersections safer,
  • Improving driver signage, 
  • Making bus stops more accessible, and
  • Incorporating milestones consistent with Vision Zero.

Study Area

The study area is in DC’s Rock Creek Far West region shown in context of DCnorthwest quadrant and is bound by Massachusetts Avenue, Whitehaven Street, Whitehaven Parkway, Archbold Parkway, Foundry Branch Valley Park, the Potomac River, and the DC/Maryland border.

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