[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on May 3, 2013].
To call Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC plan ambitious might be an understatement.
Piggybacking on predecessor Adrian Fenty’s accomplishments in making the Nation’s Capital one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S., Gray has gone several steps further with Sustainable DC – a 20-year plan to make it the “healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the U.S.”
But while Fenty’s installation of bicycle lanes around the city was viewed by many as a symptom of a disconnect between his mayorship and the economic problems of his electorate, Gray is framing Sustainable DC as a pro-business strategy. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning has said at several events promoting Sustainable DC that it is not an environmental initiative, but rather an economic one.