Discover how art and design can enhance public transportation – Greater Washington

Discover how art and design can enhance public transportation – Greater Washington

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The Institute for Transportation Policy and Development (ITDP) is working across Boston to transform the way the region thinks about and implements bus-based public transit projects. As part of their three-part series reflecting on their work over the past decade, ITDP is hosting a webinar to reveal their work that has brought art, branding and design to public transport. They will discuss the ways in which public art and public transportation, both often undervalued and underutilized, can transform a community when strategically brought together. Learn more and RSVP here.

  • Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, February 13:

Hear transportation updates affecting Silver Spring, Maryland: Action Committee on Transit’s (ACT) monthly in-person meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13 to discuss new bus route improvements in Montgomery County. Learn more about ACT and this Tuesday’s meeting at the Silver Spring Civic Center here.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD

Wednesday, February 14:

Explore the intersections of economic security and mental health: ChangeLab Solutions is hosting an online panel to discuss the impact that income and housing policies have on a child’s mental health and well-being. They will explore the different ways that economic security relates to a child’s mental health through a data-driven approach, while discussing what policies can help reduce poverty levels and strengthen family income security. . Learn more and RSVP here.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
  • Hours: 13:00 – 14:30
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Learn basic bike maintenance techniques: Trek Bicycle at DC Skyland is hosting a bicycle maintenance workshop. You’ll be taught the basic but essential skills to keep your bike running smoothly: fixing a flat tire, cleaning the drive system and making minor adjustments. The aim is to allow people to learn the ins and outs of maintaining your bike so you gain the confidence to ride more often and test the bike in new areas. Learn more and RSVP here.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
  • Hours: 18:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Trek Bicycle DC Skyland, 2227 Town Center Drive Southeast Washington, DC 20020

Friday, February 16:

Attend a webinar on manufactured housing: Manufactured homes, or factory-built residences, are growing in popularity as a way to potentially lower the cost of building quality entry-level housing. They cost much less than traditional construction and can be just as permanent as a site-built home. However, there are many obstacles that challenge the expansion of manufactured housing in the US. Join Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) as they unpack a series of papers discussing the challenges and opportunities facing manufactured homes to support entry-level affordable housing. Throughout the webinar, they will discuss costs, supply chain challenges, land use regulations and other barriers, as well as what organizations are currently doing to address these barriers. Learn more and RSVP here.

  • Date: Friday, February 16, 2024
  • Time: 12:15 pm
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Saturday, February 17:

Travel around DC on the Circulator bus: DC transit enthusiasts host a variety of events on all things transit, including presentations, debates, and transit field trips. This Saturday, they’re hosting a field trip around the DC Circulator bus to explore its various routes in time to grab a late lunch in the Union Station food court and compare notes on everyone’s journey. This event is a great way to explore parts of DC while riding three of the six lines the Circulator offers. Learn more and RSVP here.

  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 – 13:30
  • Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Save the date:

Get ready for transport bingo (2024): Advocate for the future of public transportation by participating in the 5th annual #TranspoBINGO, where you can challenge your friends to complete a variety of active transportation-related activities in the DC region. This friendly competition will take place the week of February 22nd through February 29th, where elected officials, agency representatives and DC residents are welcome to take part in the challenge and fill as many bingo squares as possible. This event is a great way to explore the region by bus, subway, bike, walking or rolling. To celebrate the week and everyone’s achievements, there will be a happy hour at Metrobar with prizes for the winners on February 29th. Sign up to stay in the loop here.

  • Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
  • Hours: 18:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Metrobar, 640 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Maya Hopkins is an engagement intern at GGWash. She grew up in Gaithersburg, MD and is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is pursuing a dual degree in Operations Management and Business Analytics and Information Systems with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. Maya is proud to call the DMV metro area her home and is interested in using her degree to improve the quality of life of her DMV neighbors in any way possible.

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