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
Jan 182012
Never ignore overhead arrow signs

The other day I tried to bear left at this 5-way intersection in Bethesda (Wilson Lane at Old Georgetown Road at Arlington Road at St. Elmo Ave): Just so we’re clear: Five-Way Intersections Suck I was riding fast on Wilson Lane to make the light and I was behind a truck so I couldn’t see well.  I tried to bear left onto St. Elmo Ave. (seemed like straight to me).  I failed to notice the all-important overhead directional arrow signs and didn’t realize cars coming from the “bear right” direction (northbound Old Georgetown Rd.) also had a green light and were free to bear left onto Wilson, across my path, just as the white SUV in this photo is doing. I […]

 Posted by at 2:22 pm on Jan 18, 2012  Comments Off on Never ignore overhead arrow signs
Jan 172012
County asks the state for BikeShare funds

Montgomery County has asked the State of Maryland to provide a $1 million grant to expand Capital BikeShare into Bethesda and Silver Spring and surrounding areas.   The county expects to know by “early 2012” whether the grant is approved. According to the county press release: The [grant] will fund 29 docking stations and 204 bikes between the Beltway and the District of Columbia border, including Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase), Bethesda, the Medical Center Metro area, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. The county has said its ultimate plan is to provide 50 stations with 400 bikes downcounty and another 20 stations with 200 in the Rockville/Shady Grove area. Also in the press release: The new bikesharing application requests 80 percent grant […]

 Posted by at 2:36 am on Jan 17, 2012  Comments Off on County asks the state for BikeShare funds
Jan 162012
Three Bike Maryland Events

From our good friends at Bike Maryland… January 25, 2012 – Free Bike Maryland Ambassador Training Workshop BECOME A BIKE AMBASSADOR! January 25, 2012 Two Sessions:  12:30-4 p.m. or 5:30-9 p.m. Location: Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 – Directions and parking here. During this free Bike Maryland Ambassador Training Workshop – you will learn how to teach youth bike safety and adult commuter workshops that are part of the Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program. A meal will be served. Space is limited. Click here to register and then fill in your name, check the time(s) when you are available to attend the workshop and click on save. For more answers to your questions, contact Bike-MINDED Coordinators, Katie Gore or […]

 Posted by at 3:52 pm on Jan 16, 2012  Comments Off on Three Bike Maryland Events
Jan 152012

Montgomery County has a transportation blog which is actually quite useful if you want to track what the county’s up to. The blog has its quirks.  For example, what kind of URL is this?   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/Blog/pioBlog.asp?blogID=17 . [June 2012 note:  After 6 months the URL has changed and doesn’t lead to the blog any more]. The URL is not very memorable.   The blog also has no search capability.  I’ll have to tell their webmaster. (Actually the county’s website is pretty good). The blog falls under Go Montgomery!, a county program that includes various projects.  It seems like an attempt at branding, but it doesn’t have a very good URL either.  There seems to be a county policy against good URLs, […]

 Posted by at 7:58 pm on Jan 15, 2012  Comments Off on Montgomery Transportation Blog
Jan 092012

The county is considering building a shared use path along Rt. 355 in Clarksburg between Brink Road and Stringtown Road (MD 121).  If built to usual county standards, the path would be at least 8′ wide (10′ is the full standard, but 8′ is more common).  This line on Google Maps shows the planned path location according to last week’s Washington Post article.  The path is in the county master plan, but so are many other paths and it would take decades to build them all based on current bike/pedestrian funding levels. Also according to the article, the State Highway Administration looked at building the northern half of the path but faced issues with land ownership, trees, utilities and retaining […]