Jun 292012

Dan Reid wrote this informative post in Greater Greater Washington about the ICC trail, with a special focus on the recently built Rt. 29 segment.  That mile-long segment, which runs along 29 from Fairland Road to Briggs Chaney Road, is a great trail though it has limited east-west value (notwithstanding it’s designation as part of the ICC trail) and will probably get no recreational use in any direction. Google Maps doesn’t show the trail on its trail overlay yet, but here’s the alignment.

 Posted by at 6:13 pm on Jun 29, 2012  Comments Off on Rt. 29 trail and other ICC trail tidbits
Jun 292012

On Friday, Congress will did vote on a “compromise” transportation reauthorization bill that would does drastically cut funds provided to local jurisdictions for bike and pedestrian projects.  I assume regret to say that the bill will did pass. According to America Bikes: Congress will vote on a new transportation bill that reverses years of progress on biking and walking policy and cuts by 60 to 70 percent funding for local safety projects such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. There’s more from that synopsis here.  Here is their detailed analysis. Prior years’ transportation bills always included funding for “transportation enhancements”.  That’s funding provided by the federal government to the states who in turn are required to award it to local […]

 Posted by at 2:42 am on Jun 29, 2012  Comments Off on New federal transportation bill slashes biking and walking funds
Jun 272012
Illinois memorial markers, dooring data and three-foot law

Reckless Driving Memorial Program Illinois has legally mandated program in which the family of a crash victim may request a blue marker that says “Reckless Driving Costs Lives” to be posted at the site of a fatal crashes caused by reckless driving.   The markers may commemorate: …one or more persons who died as a proximate result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide in violation of Section 9-3 or 9-3.2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or who otherwise caused the death of one or more persons through the operation of a motor vehicle. Relatives are not to place other items at the crash site, but that doesn’t stop friends from doing […]

 Posted by at 3:01 pm on Jun 27, 2012  Comments Off on Illinois memorial markers, dooring data and three-foot law
Jun 242012
A few spines short of a skeleton

Montgomery County intends to put bike route signs along so-called “spine routes“, i.e. long routes for bikes that allow travel to other parts of the county as well as to key destinations like town centers or Metro.   Each spine route will have a start and finish, a set of mileposts and ultimately a number or other designator (once we figure out a designation system).  Rockville has a similar system of routes within the city limits, and has already posted signs along them. An original spine route concept for the county was developed by MoBike and MCBAG and includes many routes (probably too many).  The routes are generally meant to be roadways or high quality trails (Capital Crescent Trail), but sometimes […]

Jun 232012
Lake Frank trail connector almost finished

The Lake Frank trail connector is almost done!  [June 25th update: It IS done].  It will connect the Rock Creek Trail (north of Rt. 28) to Lake Frank in Derwood.  The paved trail was planned for years but just as it was about to be built, some residents in a nearby neighborhood launched an opposition campaign.  They insisted on an alternative route where the trail would be further from their homes but much more expensive and environmentally impactive to build.  Fortunately logic prevailed and the trail was approved for construction in the planned location. The trail will eventually be the southernmost segment of the Lake Frank Trail which will follow along the east side of the lake to the Meadowside […]

Jun 212012

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation publishes a resurfacing schedule of upcoming road resurfacing projects.  Why is this useful?  Because roadway resurfacing (repaving) requires repainting all the lines.  White lines.  Yellow lines.  Dashed lines.  It’s a chance to widen lanes, add bike lanes and fix configurations that impact cyclists.  On some roads we’ve been chomping at the bit to have MCDOT redo the striping. On these projects MCDOT needs input from cyclists.  Many projects are brought up at MCBAG meetings.  But sometimes they aren’t.  It’s essential to keep an eye on the resurfacing schedule.

 Posted by at 11:09 am on Jun 21, 2012  Comments Off on County road resurfacing schedule – more important than you think
Jun 212012
MCBAG meeting tonight - Gaithersburg at 7 pm

MCBAG (Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) meets this Thursday (6/21) at 7 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office.  This is a NEW TIME and a DIFFERENT LOCATION than the last meeting.  MCBAG plans to rotate meeting locations between Rockville and Gaithersburg, at least until they can get better set up in Rockville.  The Gaithersburg address is 100 Edison Park Drive. There’s a security person in the lobby who can direct you. The agenda includes a review of bike projects such as the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance on Woodglen Road.

 Posted by at 10:28 am on Jun 21, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG meeting tonight – Gaithersburg at 7 pm
Jun 202012
Maryland’s new Traffic and Safety Director explains R4-11 guidance

On WashCycle, bike advocate Jim Titus describes the latest developments in Maryland regarding the “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” sign, known formally as sign R4-11 and pictured here.  Jim includes his interview with Cedric Ward, the newly appointed director of the State Highway Administration’s Traffic and Safety Office.   Tom Hicks, the previous director, just retired.

 Posted by at 4:54 pm on Jun 20, 2012  Comments Off on Maryland’s new Traffic and Safety Director explains R4-11 guidance
Jun 192012

From today’s Washington Post: A scar – and lesson – carried for life When I read the June 14 Metro article “Woman killed when bike hits her put others first“, memories flooded my mind.  I remember vividly being 10 years old, riding my bicycle one hot June Saturday afternoon down a slight hill in South St. Louis, where I grew up, and seeing an elderly woman walking far ahead of me. As I had been taught, I immediately began ringing the bell on my handlebars and yelling continuously, “On your left! On your left!”  The woman must have been lost in thought, because I was almost upon her before she suddenly jerked her head around, saw me and jumped to […]

Jun 122012
Fernwood Road edge posts moved back!

Remember those flexible posts placed along the edge of Fernwood Road?  In response to cyclists’ concerns, the county Department of Transportation has changed its policy on post placement and has moved the Fernwood posts further off the road.   DOT’s previous policy was to place these  flexible posts 12 inches beyond the edge of the pavement.  Their new policy puts the posts at 24 inches.   This ensures that cyclists can take full advantage of the available pavement width.  The posts sometimes lean into the road as well. Please let me know of any other roads where the posts are too close to the roadway.  DOT has said it will move posts back to follow the new policy if we alert […]

 Posted by at 7:40 pm on Jun 12, 2012  Comments Off on Fernwood Road edge posts moved back!