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By Hannah Marr, News Editor • June 21, 2024

SA Senate approves resolution to create bike lane through campus

File Photo by Donna Armstrong | Senior Staff Photographer
Harnett has served on the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission since his sophomore year in 2018, during which he has represented the majority of GW’s Foggy Bottom campus.

Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 at 9:41 p.m.

After more than an hour of back-and-forth Monday, the Student Association Senate passed a resolution encouraging the District Department of Transportation to establish a protected bike lane on campus.

The resolution, which passed 15-12-2, commends DDOT for creating a protected bike lane plan on 21st Street that will stretch from I Street to Constitution Avenue NW. The legislation drew mixed sentiments from senators, some of whom said the lane would eliminate on-campus parking options and were concerned that they were not given enough time to express that worry before the commenting period on the initial phases of the plan closes Wednesday.

James Harnett, a junior and member of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission who endorsed the measure, said the resolution was a final time for students to provide feedback on the first phase of the bike lane plans. Harnett said he has given senators multiple opportunities over the past year to comment on the bike lane in DDOT listening sessions but saw minimal turnout.

“There are only so many emails and so many event reminders that I can send out to the 33 to 35 senators,” he said.

SA Sen. Anisha Hindocha, Law-G, said the bike lane will close off street parking for graduate students, many of whom drive to campus for class. She said parking on the street is often cheaper than paying for a parking garage.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to hear that we’re being asked to support something that will actually directly hinder more than 50 percent of the population on campus,” Hindocha said.

But SA Sen. Amy Martin, ESIA-U, a sponsor of the resolution, said the bike lane will make streets on campus safer for students who may want to bring their bike to school but currently think Foggy Bottom streets are too dangerous. She said the lane will force vehicular traffic to slow down if there are more people on bikes.

“If we decrease the amount of people biking on sidewalks, it also causes more people to slow down for pedestrians, bikers and the actual drivers themselves,” Martin said.

The SA Senate approved freshman Lauren Bordeaux to the diversity and inclusion assembly Monday. The senate also confirmed Julian Taylor as a first-year graduate senator. Ashli Farfan was confirmed as an undergraduate senator for the Milken Institute School of Public Health and Jillian Morgan was confirmed as the school’s graduate senator.

SA senators also passed a resolution Monday condemning University spending on an institutional culture survey last semester, which members of the executive branch had asked to table after some administrators expressed “disappointment” that the legislation was not previously discussed with administrators.

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