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Idea Exchange

The moveDC Idea Exchange on February 9th gave us a lot to think about as we develop the City's transportation plan. If you are looking for something very brief to read, check out our blog for a summary post of the Idea Exchange. Don't forget to leave us comments. You can also check out the Twitter feed (#IdeasMoveDC), Facebook, and Flickr to catch up on what people were saying and posting the day of the event and those that followed.

Overall Event Summary

The document below generally summarizes the day's events.

Download: Summary (.pdf)

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Welcome Address

Mayor Gray, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Wells, and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy kicked off the moveDC Idea Exchange giving the welcome address. DCN filmed the welcome address and Future of Transportation Discussion. You can view the recording on DCN's website: http://www.oct.dc.gov/services/on_demand_video/channel16/4320.asx.

Future of Transportation Discussion

The Future of Transportation discussion was focused on four key themes. A moderated panel of Anita Hairston, Chris Leinberger, and Matthew Yglesias provided their individual perspectives on questions related to each theme. Their perspectives, which are their own, are summarized here. The four themes discussed were, Transportation and...

The theme of a competitive city explored how DC can continue to be regionally, nationally, and internationally competitive related to the transportation system. One of the many reasons DC is attractive to people and businesses is that there are many travel choices. The investment in more and better choices can help the city become even more attractive.

The theme on neighborhood vitality was intended to explore the role and effect of transportation in the success of neighborhoods. Great streets are integral to great urban places. Streets can be busy and contribute positively to neighborhood vitality or busy and damaging to communities.

In terms of shared prosperity, transportation is the great equalizer. It's where every member—resident, visitor, worker—of DC interacts, regardless of economic status, origin, background, or education. A well-designed and operated transportation system has the power to support individual's in their daily lives by saving them money and time, and allowing them to use more of both for their personal pursuits.

Transportation can contribute to many negative environmental consequences—population displacement, air pollution, water pollution, and loss of wildlife habitats among other things. It doesn't have to be this way. Increasingly we are looking for the transportation system to improve environmental quality. Through modern stormwater treatment techniques, quality urban forestry, context sensitive design, the consideration of non-traditional approaches to mobility, street rights-of-way and transportation assets can better the natural environment, rather than degrade it.

Interested in what the panelists said, read more here (.pdf)

DCN filmed the welcome address and Future of Transportation Discussion. You can view the recording on DCN's website: http://www.oct.dc.gov/services/on_demand_video/channel16/4320.asx.

Transportation Information Fair

DDOT was joined by partners Capital Bikeshare, DC Streetcar, goDCgo, sustainableDC, DC Zoning Update, and WMATA's Momentum. Each of these partners provided information on the variety of services and programs already in place or planned for the city. Visit their respective websites to learn more.

flickr photo of the information fair

My Transportation Wish

We asked for your one wish for DC's transportation system. After writing it on a whiteboard, we asked you to jump in our photo booth and be memorialized. Thanks for your creative ideas and your enthusiasm. Below is a thematic summary of your wishes.

Summary (.pdf)

You can view the pictures of people's wishes on Flickr.

The Great Transportation Debate

To keep the momentum from the Future of Transportation Discussion going, we asked questions centered around each of the themes from the discussion. We gave you index cards and markers and let the debate continue. A brief summary of things discussed is below.

Download: Summary (.pdf)

Great Transportation Debate

A list of all Great Transportation Debate comments will be posted soon. Please check back.

Transportation Innovation Station

DC has already had some huge successes related to transportation innovation—Capital Bikeshare is one such example. What's next? That's exactly what we asked you. There are lots of everyday problems that require creative thinking to solve. Through a mind mapping exercise, lots of individual thoughts branched into big ideas. At the Idea Exchange, we used Prezi – an online presentation tool – to share and collect your ideas as well as the issues that generated and resulted from those ideas. The resulting Prezi is below.

Don't worry, the software is easy to use, free, and a lot of fun. Once you get the hang of it, you can pan and zoom at your leisure or click through the presentation in the order it was created to see the innovations came to being. As you browse, keep the following in mind:

Download: Summary (.pdf)

Now that you've seen it, do you want to identify other issues, ideas or opportunities? If you do, here's how (and thanks!):

  1. Click this link: http://prezi.com/u450t9djynwq/transportation-innovation-station/
  2. Sign up for an account with Prezi (don't worry, its free)
  3. Go to: http://prezi.com/u450t9djynwq/transportation-innovation-station/
  4. Click "Edit Prezi"
  5. Look for the big box and follow the instructions inside the Prezi on how to add your thoughts

Choose Your Move

In this exercise, we asked you to tell us how you move around the city, using pins and string to show us where and how you travel. What we learned, you are very active and many of you who attended live in the general center of the city. A quick summary of this activity is below.

Download: Summary (.pdf)

If we didn't connect with you at the Idea Exchange, don't worry, we're coming your way in one of our upcoming workshops in March.

How's It Moving?

How's It Moving?

We asked you what is and is not working well for transportation in the city today. We also asked you for ideas on how to make things better. You had a lot of great input! It's summarized below.

Download: Summary (.pdf)

Map files of the results of How's It Moving comments will be posted soon. Please check back.

Street Dreams

Street Dreams

Have you ever thought, "if I was in charge …" I'd make my street just like this "poof!" Unfortunately, we weren't able to give you a wand to wave over a real street, but we did give you tools to build your model street. Through a series of tiles—lanes, sidewalks, trees, parks, buildings, transit shelters, curbs—you showed us your dream streets. There was a huge variety. Below is a summary of what you showed us.

Download: Summary (.pdf)

Check out some of your Street Dreams on Flickr.

Last Call

Even with all those activities, we just couldn't let you leave without sharing a few closing thoughts. We had a "last call" for final comments and a few last questions, the answers to which are summarized below:

Download: Summary (.pdf)

What Does All of This Mean?

Through the Idea Exchange, our goal was to get some energy into the planning process and to get the conversation started on vision, values, ideas, and issues related to transportation in the city. Input from the Idea Exchange, upcoming Transportation Plan Advisory Committee meetings, and upcoming public workshops will be used to guide the moveDC plan. Idea Exchange input will help shape moveDC's vision, goals, and objectives. Check out the Project Info page to see where moveDC is headed next.

THANK YOU!

Finally, we'd like to extend our thanks once again to all of you who made the Idea Exchange possible and a success. We're looking forwarding to seeing you again soon at one of our other events. We hope that you will continue to stay involved at through our website, Facebook, Twitter, and upcoming events!

Disclaimer: Commentary, comments, statements, and other information provided by the public and panelists do not necessarily represent the views of the District of Columbia Government or its moveDC contractors.