Apr 152012

The county-sponsored Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG) will begin discussing its future role and direction this Thursday at 6:30 pm. The next few meetings will be important! The county’s long time bike coordinator, Gail Tait-Nouri, just retired, and its a good occasion to improve MCBAG.

Some questions:

  • Should MCDOT have to send all bike projects (and key road projects) to MCBAG for review and input? How do we make sure EVERY project is reviewed?
  • How do we solicit input from the larger bike community?
  • How do we work with the county Planning Department, which has its own bike coordinator (under transportation planning)?
  • How do we work with the county’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (a formal group with appointed members)?
    What output should MCBAG produce? Written recommendations?
    How often should MCBAG meet? (there is some expense)
    Can MCBAG subpoena DOT staff? OK, that’s a joke. But it’s good to have guests from DOT like leads for maintenance, traffic, etc.

MCBAG is county-sponsored so we meet almost monthly at county DOT offices, unless it’s canceled. MCBAG has no formal membership… it’s “walk in and participate”.

MEETING DETAILS: Meetings are in the tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. 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. Go to the 10th floor. The conference room is just inside the glass doors (on the other side of the wall) Bring your bike to the room, take Metro, or park for free in the big garage across East Jefferson Street from the building.

Website for the county Bikeways Program and MCBAG: www.bikemontgomery.com

Jack Cochrane
Chair, MoBike

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