The County Council is now soliciting public comments on the new draft Bicycle Master Plan, which will chart the future of biking in the county for years to come. The plan includes a main document and appendices (see the “Download” links on that page). See also the handy map of planned bikeways on that page. The Council will make changes to the plan in response to comments they receive. So it’s important to weigh in now! The public hearing will be on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 pm at the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD, third-floor hearing room). Sign up online to testify or call 240-777-7803 by 10 am on July 10. The Council will begin deliberations […]
A bill before the Maryland House of Delegates would require everyone riding a bike to wear a helmet, no matter how short their trip. If the bill passes, it would probably kill BikeShare and do a great deal to discourage cycling. Capital BikeShare, now coming to Montgomery County, is inducing the county to invest in more bike infrastructure and will allow many more bike trips. The county’s transit oriented communities (including Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas designated by the state) rely on bicycling and walking to reduce traffic. But this bill would undermine it all. Update on April 25 2013: The bill did not pass. Do Maryland legislators really think they know more about bicycling than the Danish and […]
The Montgomery County Police Department just issued a press release about the bicycle crash on Darnestown Rd at Berryville Road that occurred Wednesday. According to the release, The bicyclist involved in the collision has been identified as Michael Wilhelm Breithaupt, age 54, of the 3700 block of East West Highway in Chevy Chase. Mr. Breithaupt remains in critical condition in a local hospital. The police are seeking help from the public in finding the cyclist’s car. They say it’s likely he parked a black 1991 Jeep somewhere in Montgomery County on Wednesday morning or afternoon. His wife thought he might have parked at Bretton Woods (near the intersection of River Road and Seneca Road) or Poolesville High School, but the […]
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) sent an alert out a few days ago asking bicyclists to press the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to fill the vacant bike coordinator position. As a result, many cyclists contacted MCDOT and we just received formal commitment from MCDOT that they will fill the position. Director Art Holmes just responded with this note: Ms. Aruna Miller, MCDOT Division of Transportation Engineering is assigned as the full-time Acting Bicycle Coordinator. Ms. Miller who has been providing support to the biking community and organization since the departure of Ms. Tait-Nouri will remain in the aforementioned position pending selection of a permanent replacement for Ms. Tait-Nouri. This appointment is expected in the summer of 2012. Success here […]
On Thursday November 17th there will be a public hearing on possible changes to the design of the Capital Crescent Trail next to the Purple Line rail line. The Montgomery County Planning Board is taking public testimony. You can sign up to testify in person or you can submit written comments. For a full description of the issues and proposed changes, see the Planning Department staff report prepared for the hearing. For information on how to testify, see the Board’s agenda page (the trail is agenda item 3). The most critical issues are: Will the trail still pass through the existing tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue, and if not, what route will it follow? To keep the trail in the tunnel […]
Maryland is conducting a bicycle user survey to learn more about bicyclists in Maryland. Go to http://surveymonkey.com/s/CycleMaryland. It asks where cyclists go, what conditions they prefer and what routing tools they use. It’s a fun and useful survey. And there’s a prize drawing! The survey is sponsored by CycleMaryland, a Maryland program promoting bike tourism. The state sees trails and touring as economically beneficial. P.S. Cool logo (below). P.P.S. CycleMaryland sounds suspiciously like CycleMoco.