What is the best way to bike from MD 198 (at Rt. 29) to downtown Silver Spring? Montgomery County DOT is planning to post bike route signs along the best route and is asking the cycling community for input. DOT is posting signs along other useful bike routes too, to create a network of routes criss-crossing the county. The only route they’ve signed so far runs from Potomac to Colesville via Tuckerman Lane and Plyers Mill Road among other streets. The Rt. 29 corridor route will be the second route to be signed, and they also plan to do 2 or 3 more this year. The routes are arranged in part to serve transportation cyclists, and riders are expected to be comfortable riding on secondary streets or roads with shoulders or wide lanes.
Here’s the route being proposed, also shown on Google here. DOT is only adding signs, not making any improvements like bike lanes.
- South on Old Columbia Pike (some cyclists recommend the shoulder of Rt. 29 instead)
- L on Tech Road
- R on Old Columbia Pike
- Cut behind Sears shopping center at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Lockwood Drive. Or alternatively turn left on Stewart Lane and right on July Drive, since the county may be averse to signing a route onto private property.
- R on Lockwood Drive
- L on Rt. 29 (sidewalk) and across the Northwest Branch stream
- R on Southwood Avenue
- L on Sutherland Road
- R on Lorain Avenue
- R on Lanark Way (or Gilmoure Drive or Stirling Road or Forest Glen Road — which is quickest/tamest?)
- L on Brunett Avenue
- L on Sligo Creek Parkway or trail
- Cross Colesville Road and get onto the Sligo Creek Trail
- R on cut-through path across the creek
- Get onto Bennington Drive heading south
- L on Ellsworth Drive
If you want to get to the northwest side of Colesville Road instead, you would take a slightly different route. It’s the same to Brunett Avenue but then:
- R on Sligo Creek Parkway or trail
- L on cut-through path across the creek
- Get onto Edgevale Road heading south
- R on Watson Road
- L on Highland Drive
- R on Fairview Road
- L on Spring Street
- R on Cameron Street (or wherever)
If you’re starting on Briggs Chaney Road east of Rt. 29, you could use the new path that crosses the ICC. This would be addressed by the signs.
Provide input via the comments section here, or send it to me. (Your first comment is moderated. After that you may comment freely).