Here’s a Gazette article on the proposed
shared use path sidewalk along the east side of Wisconsin Avenue (MD 355) in Bethesda/Chevy Chase. Most nearby residents appear to support the project, but some do not. The Little Falls Watershed Alliance “opposes this sidewalk as the environmental impact is too great for our fragile watershed. ” Conservation Montgomery seems to be taking a neutral position on the project.
September 4th update: See the later CycleMoco post which has a newer design.
According to the Gazette article:
The 8-foot-wide [sic] sidewalk on Wisconsin Avenue between Grafton Street and Bradley Lane would accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and disabled users, said David Buck, a spokesman for SHA. It would be approximately 0.7 miles in length.
The Chevy Chase West Neighborhood Association has been asking for a new sidewalk for several years, said association President Celesta Jurkovick. The neighborhood only can be accessed via Wisconsin Avenue, which she said can be dangerous for Metro bus users who need to cross the busy road.
Buck said a final decision will come from District No. 3 Engineer Brian Young in several months.
Some trees would have to be removed unless the adjacent country club can be convinced to provide some land:
The sidewalk would necessitate the removal of 53 trees, unless Chevy Chase Club, a country club located on Wisconsin Avenue, agrees to provide land for the purpose, Buck said. They have discussed the issue with Chevy Chase Club officials, he said.
An unknown number of trees would be removed, he said, as the sidewalk would encroach on the club’s forest buffer. Chevy Chase Club manager Luke O’Boyle could not be reached for comment.
The article quotes bike advocate Steve Friedman and provides his age.
When traveling between Friendship Heights and Bethesda, Friedman, 44, avoids that stretch of Wisconsin Avenue for safety reasons. The existing sidewalk is too narrow and a new facility would allow cyclists, runners and pedestrians to coexist more safely, he said.