Nov 262011

Around 11 a.m. on Friday, a FedEx van driver struck four bicyclists at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Goldsboro Road.  One rider was seriously injured.  A rider who came upon the scene said she thought the driver went through a yield or stop sign without looking.  This is from a Channel 9 story Friday: Also you can click on the “raw video” link at the end of the video (or in the article) to see some additional (but bland) video footage from the scene. The driver’s view seems to have been the same as this street view.  I wonder if he thought the two MacArthur lanes to his left were both oncoming traffic lanes, as if the grassy strip […]

Nov 192011
Another trail crossing idea

Planners are trying to figure out how to connect the Capital Crescent Trail (on a trestle) to the Rock Creek Trail 40 feet below. Here’s my solution: Thank you Photoshop.  Actually the Planning Board recommends a switchback ramp system at a cost of $1.4M.   I’ve labeled it “switchback chosen” on this planning diagram.  “A new option” is my own (inferior) path idea, which adds about 1/3 mile for CCT users coming from the west.   Not shown is another option, putting a path along Jones Mill Road from the CCT south to the park. Jack Cochrane Chair, MoBike  

Nov 182011
Planning Board issues Purple Line recommendations

Today’s Washington Post article with photos about the county Planning Board’s recommendations on the Purple Line… The Post article: The Montgomery County Planning Board asked Maryland transit officials Thursday to consider moving a Bethesda station for a future Purple Line to try to better accommodate a popular biking and running trail in a tunnel beneath Wisconsin Avenue. Board members said the state’s latest estimate that it would cost $40.5 million to rebuild the trail inside the tunnel would make it too expensive. However, they said they didn’t want to pursue a far less expensive plan to rebuild the trail along local streets through crowded downtown Bethesda unless they had exhausted other possibilities for keeping it in the tunnel. The board asked […]

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Nov 172011

Here’s my take. The Capital Crescent Trail should be retained in the existing tunnel (or some tunnel) under Wisconsin Avenue after the Purple Line is built because: Trail users should not have to use the sidewalk.   Even a 12′-15′ wide dual-area sidewalk on Bethesda Avenue would result in many conflicts between trail users and pedestrians walking, shopping or getting into their cars, not to mention cars turning across the sidewalk.  It’s not suitable for a family trail (or a ped-friendly street). Trail users should not have to wait to cross Wisconsin Ave.   Psychologically I think it would be a big deal if Bethesda residents had to wait to cross Wisconsin Avenue at the very beginning of their trail journey […]

Nov 172011
Bradley Boulevard Maintenance Issues

Bradley Boulevard (MD 191) is used by many cyclists riding into downtown Bethesda from the west.  East of Seven Locks Road it has semi-decent shoulders for the most part, even if they sometimes dwindle to almost nothing.  Unfortunately the shoulders can be plagued with maintenance problems.  I sent the following list of needed fixes to the State Highway Administration to address.  (Thanks Steve Friedman for the photos!) WESTBOUND There is a stretch of gravel or other loose material  in the shoulder just west of Burning Tree Rd heading westbound. I think it’s been there quite awhile. There is vegetation blocking the shoulder between Burdette Rd and Oak Forest Lane, heading westbound EASTBOUND (SOUTHBOUND) There is a bad patch job near […]

Nov 152011

On Thursday November 17th there will be a public hearing on possible changes to the design of the Capital Crescent Trail next to the Purple Line rail line.  The Montgomery County Planning Board  is taking public testimony.  You can sign up to testify in person or you can submit written comments.  For a full description of the issues and proposed changes, see the Planning Department staff report prepared for the hearing.   For information on how to testify, see the Board’s agenda page  (the trail is agenda item 3). The most critical issues are: Will the trail still pass through the existing tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, and if not, what route will it follow?  To keep the trail in the tunnel […]

Nov 082011

Gaithersburg bike advocate Alan Migdall wrote a great letter in the Washington Post supporting the federal Transportation Enhancements (TE)  program.    This vital program provides money to  states for new bike paths, pedestrian facilities, historical preservation,  etc.    The text of Alan’s letter: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) opposes using a small portion of transportation funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects [news story, Oct. 25 ]. He was quoted: “I know priorities are in the eye of the beholder, but what we lack is common sense.”  Given that 14 percent of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians and cyclists and that states often underfund sidewalks and bike lanes, one would think that spending at least 1 or 2 percent of transportation funding on “enhancements” that address […]

 Posted by at 6:29 pm on Nov 8, 2011  Comments Off on Federal funding of bike/ped improvements