I invite you to join me for Bike to Work Day this Friday and my 2nd Annual Ward 2 Community Bike Ride this Saturday!
These events are important so that I can hear directly from you and take concrete steps to improve traffic safety in our communities. Residents and visitors deserve to travel across the District safely. Whether you are traveling to work or school, a house of worship or museum, or on your way home from across the city -- you should feel safe as you travel, without worry of being injured or killed.
Last year we lost too many loved ones to traffic violence; too many residents have been injured in accidents. Throughout my time on the Council, I’ve been committed to making our streets and sidewalks safer. I’ve co-introduced legislation and hosted community events to do just that.
I’m grateful for your shared commitment to making it safer to travel throughout the District and know that we can continue to make progress towards our Vision Zero goals together.
Yours in service,
Councilmember Pinto is excited to invite you to join her at two upcoming events:
1. On Friday, May 20th, I hope you’ll join Councilmember Pinto for Bike to Work Day! We’ll meet outside of the Reeves Center at 14th & U St. NW at 7:45 a.m. and we’ll begin our ride at 8 a.m. heading towards Franklin Park. At Franklin Park we’ll stop and celebrate with the Downtown BID and then continue to the John A. Wilson Building. Councilmember Pinto hopes you’ll join her for the ride or at Franklin Park for the celebration!
2. On Saturday, May 21st, Councilmember Pinto will be hosting her 2nd Annual Community Bike Ride through Ward 2. Last year was a great event with dozens of neighbors and reinforced the need for safe bike lanes throughout the city. Councilmember Pinto is proud that this year’s budget includes funding for an additional 10 miles of bike lanes and we have been workings to implement many of the great suggestions that were raised during last year’s ride. You can RSVP for the bike ride here.
Councilmember Pinto hopes to see you at these events! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to her team at email@example.com.
IN THE NEWS
The Georgetowner spoke with Councilmember Pinto on her amendment to the budget to expand literacy training for teachers to help their students learn how to read. Councilmember Pinto is proud that this amendment passed unanimously and that our teachers will be equipped with the tools they need and deserve to help our children succeed in reading. Councilmember Pinto thanks our Ward 2 State Board of Education representative Allister Chang for his partnership in this work over past last year. Read the full story here.
Fox 5 DC & WTOP spoke with Councilmember Pinto about her bill to provide restroom access to residents with medical conditions and her continued work to provide public restrooms across the District. You can learn more about the Medical Necessity Restroom Access Act here. The bill is expected to have a final vote in the Council on June 7th.
The Washington Informer published an Op-Ed written by Councilmember Pinto and Rev. Lionel Edmonds on how mobile voting can help increase voter turnout and expand enfranchisement. Councilmember Pinto introduced the Mobile VOTE Act to allow voting by mobile device. The bill has gained support from the local chapter of the NAACP, the National Federation of the Blind and the Local 25 Union.
TEAM PINTO IN THE COMMUNITY
Councilmember Pinto and the team were thrilled to be in the community at recent events including:
The FY 2023 Budget
The Council took its first vote on the budget on May 10th. Councilmember Pinto worked with all of her colleagues to champion Ward 2 priorities and projects. You can view the highlights of what Councilmember Pinto fought for and was included in the budget for Ward 2 here. Councilmember Pinto continues to work with colleagues to ensure Ward 2 projects and priorities are included in the budget and will be certain to share additional updates after the budget is finalized.
The Council Budget Office has a wealth of information to help understand the budget.
Here is the proposed timeline for the Budget moving forward:
Redistricting: The Ward 2 ANC Redistricting Taskforce finished its final report and submitted their proposed map to the Council. The members of the taskforce participated in a dozen public meetings, two town halls and donated hundreds of hours of time to the endeavor of redrawing the lines of the ANCs. The Subcommittee on Redistricting has concluded its public hearings and will vote on the boundaries May 19th and then the full Council will have a vote on May 24th.
With the change of seasons, we tend to see more rodents in our neighborhoods in Spring time. If you notice rats in your neighborhood, you can fill out a 311 request for a rodent inspection and abatement. One of the easiest ways to keep rodents away is to make sure trashcan lids are fully closed and leaky trash is not left out all week. DC Health has some additional helpful tips for residents and for business owners for rodent control.
Street sweeping has resumed! Make sure you check the signs when you park!