Jan 312012

Montgomery DOT just posted additional information on the River Road Bike Path to the project webpage.  The material now consists of three diagrams — A, B, and C.  If that link doesn’t work try DOT’s capital project list  and scan the list for the River Road Bike Path (you might have to click on “more”). Remember: The hearing on the project is Wednesday at 7 pm in Rockville.   See more information in the previous CycleMoco post.

 Posted by at 8:23 pm on Jan 31, 2012  Comments Off on River Road Bike Path – More Information
Jan 302012

The county is holding a public hearing on the River Road Bike Path project this Wednesday at 7 pm  in the Lobby Level Auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. The project calls for a 5′ wide concrete path on the north side of River Road (MD 190) for about 1200′ from Riverwood Drive to River Oaks Lane in Potomac.  The cross section diagram is here.  The path fills a gap between two existing path segments. The resulting full path would run from Gary Road (near Potomac Village) to Swains Lock Road (which connects to the C&O Canal,  though Swains Lock Road is steep and has no path which might deter typical path users). The path would […]

Jan 232012

Do sharrows have a role to play on Montgomery County streets?  Sharrows are being considered as a solution to make Bethesda streets more appealing to bicyclists, especially where space is too limited for other solutions or where bike lanes could make things worse.  The City of Rockville has already placed sharrows on Piccard Drive. Consider these possible locations of sharrow markings in Bethesda: Sharrows in the middle of the righthand lane of Arlington Road from Old Georgetown Road to Bradley Blvd.  It’s a four lane road with fairly short blocks, no dedicated turn lanes and some streetscaping, which I think helps to calm traffic, at least compared to most four lane roads in the suburbs.  It carries a varying amount of traffic depending on the time of day. Sharrows […]

Jan 202012

Where did funding for the Met Branch Trail go?  County Executive Ike Leggett released his proposed FY13-18 capital budget this week, and it shows no funding for the trail at all.  Wayne Phyillaier has written up all the gory details in his post on Silver Spring Trails.  He notes that: All funding for r.o.w. [right-of-way] acquisition and construction is deleted from the CIP budget. The proposed route, if it is ever built, has been thrown out of the CSX corridor and across state highways. In the county’s previous capital budget (FY11-16) the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) between Silver Spring Transit Center and the existing trail on Fenton Street (about .6 miles) was to be completed by FY16 at a cost […]

Jan 192012

MCBAG (the Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) will meet tonight, Thursday January 19th at 6:30 pm (until 8:30).  It’s an open meeting where everyone can discuss bike efforts. We will discuss: 1. the new county budget that just came out this week 2. the role of MCBAG in notifying and getting responses from county cyclists regarding county road/trail projects 3. 2012 in general Where: The big tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street – Enter from the lower level entrance off Monroe Street.   Ring the buzzer to the left of the door and tell them you’re there for the bike meeting and security will let you in.  Take the elevator to the 10th floor.  The conference room is just inside […]

 Posted by at 12:13 pm on Jan 19, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG Meeting Tonight