Montgomery County DOT has finished mapping out where bike route signs will go on its upper Bethesda route. Much of the work was just identifying the route. The county is officially calling it the “Montgomery Mall to Downtown Bethesda route”. They’ve already completed the design task for two other signed routes, running along the Georgia Ave. corridor and Rt. 29 corridor respectively, and signs are expected to go up this summer. These routes will likely get route numbers if the county adopts a bike route numbering system.
Below is the list of turns, or see the map.
- Start at Bethesda Avenue/ Woodmont Avenue intersection (a block west of the Capital Crescent Trail)
- Head west on Bethesda Ave
- R on Clarendon Road (reverse route uses Exeter Rd)
- L on Elm Street (reverse route uses Exeter Rd)
- R on Exeter Road
- Bear L on Battery Lane
- Bear R on Battery Lane
- Bear L on Park Lane
- Merge onto Custer Road
- R on Moorland Lane
- Straight on cut-through path
- Straight on Grant Street
- L on Sonoma Road
- R on Lindale Drive
- L on Wilmett Road
- R on Kirkdale Road
- L on Marywood Road
- R on Fernwood Road
- Straight on Westlake Terrace
- R on Westlake Drive
- Arrive at intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Westlake Drive
There are some faster variations, but this route has fewer safety issues.
The route signs will look like this one, more or less, with appropriate arrows and destinations:
Destinations named on signs along the route include:
- Downtown Bethesda
- Capital Crescent Trail/Georgetown Branch Trail
- Bethesda Metro
- Bethesda Trolley Trail (multiple points)
- Fernwood Road
- Democracy Blvd
- Montgomery Mall
- Cabin John Regional Park (Westlake Drive entrances)
There were some destination questions, like what do you say on the signs at the start of the route on Bethesda Ave? There are faster ways to get to NIH or Tuckerman Lane (depending what part). Cabin John Park has multiple entrances miles apart. A good destination to post would be Rockville (the western side at least) but the signs don’t take you that far.
Southbound, downtown Bethesda is expansive and the Capital Crescent Trail has multiple access points. The signs don’t actually reach the CCT but they will clearly direct you to the Woodmont Ave. access point (and somewhat less clearly to the Glenbrook Rd access point). Signs at the Woodmont access point are another ball of wax (or can of worms?) and are a task for the future.
The county is funding this signage project as well as the others via a new state bikeway grant program.