The draft 2014 Rockville Bikeway Master Plan is ready for public comment! For details, visit the plan update site or directly view the draft plan and map at these links: Draft 2014 Bikeway Master Plan Draft 2014 Bikeway Recommendations Map You can comment on the plan in person at a public hearing to be held on Wed. April 9th at 7 pm in the Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD, 20850. You can sign up to speak by calling 240-314-8200. Individual speakers get 3 minutes; those representing organizations get 5 minutes. Or you may provide written comments via email, via this form, or via regular mail (to bike coordinator Kevin Belanger, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, [...]
The Maryland Department of Transportation just issued its new Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. According to MDOT: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Plan provides guidance and investment strategies to support cycling and walking, both on-road and off-road, as part of Maryland’s multimodal transportation network. It’s not the kind of plan that stipulates which streets will get bike lanes and where paths will be built. Instead the plan describes the current state of affairs, identifies objectives, lays out strategies and discusses implementation. It presents a lot of useful facts as well. The plan was released January 15, 2014.
The Mont. County Bike Action Group (MCBAG) meets Thursday 10/18 from 7 to 9 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office. The location is 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg on the 4th floor. Check in with the security guard in the lobby (you may have to buzz in). Security is very tight and you might not be allowed to take your bike to the 4th floor. Dialing in is welcome since it’s not an easy trip for downcounty cyclists! Dial in at 240-773-8120 (pass code is 498265). Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Thursday of the month during most months. The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville. This month’s topic will be a review and discussion of potential projects [...]
The Sierra Club is kicking off its bike initiative with a bike ride on Saturday, April 20th at 10 am. The bike ride, with discussion, will loop through Silver Spring and Takoma Park. The ride assembles at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring near the skating rink. It’s a great way to show your support for bicycling in Montgomery County. Dan Reed (blogger for GGW) and Jack Cochrane (MoBike) will be leading the ride. The route includes the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Sligo Creek Trail, and a few city streets, exploring a variety of semi-urban biking landscapes. Stronger riders can continue on to Wheaton. Along the way the Sierra Club will discuss its new Bicycle Statement, filled with ideas to make biking a safe and common activity for everyone. The ride includes [...]
The Montgomery County Sierra Club has just published a superb bike statement outlining changes needed to support biking in the county. A printable version (as of Jan. 28 2013) is here. These are the six points made in the 5-page statement (my paraphrasing): Make a complete network: The statement recommends connecting bike lanes to major destinations and completing facilities such as the Bethesda Trolley Trail, Capital Crescent Trail, ICC Trail and routes parallel to arterials like Georgia Ave. Be context-appropriate: It recommends providing a context-appropriate variety of facilities such as bike lanes, sharrows, cycle tracks, bicycle boulevards and grade-separated trails. Provide comfort: It recommends providing multiple route options, wayfinding signs, secure bike parking, meeting plazas and good trail maintenance. Safety: [...]
The January 2013 meeting of MCBAG is tonight (Thursday January 17th) at 7 pm in Rockville. The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville. This one’s in Rockville. MEETING DETAILS: MCBAG meetings in Rockville are held in the tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, in the large 9th floor conference room. Enter from the lower level entrance off Monroe Street. Ring the buzzer to the left of the door and tell them you’re there for the bike meeting and security will let you in Then you can use the elevators at the far end by the security desk. Bring your bike to the room, take Metro, or park for free in the big garage across East Jefferson Street. There’s [...]
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is now advertising to fill its vacant bicycle coordinator position. Below is the basic information for the posting. (I’m omitting a few things, so don’t consider this to be the actual posting. For more information go to the county’s careers web page, click on “Search Jobs” and search for posting “IRC9758″, though the search function isn’t always working). This culminates a push by bike advocates in the county to see a new coordinator hired to replace the outgoing one. Excerpts from the job posting: Job Title: Capital Projects Manager, Grade 28 Location: Gaithersburg, MD Organizational name: Department of Transportation – Division of Transportation Engineering Description: This position will serve as the Capital Project Manager [...]
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 [...]
MCBAG (Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) meets tonight (Thursday 10/18) from 7 to 9 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office. Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Thursday of the month in most months. The meeting location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville, and this one is in Gaithersburg. The address is 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg on the 4th floor. There’s a security person in the lobby who can direct you if you need help. You can bring your bike up the elevator.
The September meeting of MCBAG is tonight (Thursday September 20th) at 7 pm in Rockville. The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville. This one’s in Rockville. MEETING DETAILS: MCBAG meetings in Rockville are held in the tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, in the large 9th floor conference room. Enter from the lower level entrance off Monroe Street. Ring the buzzer to the left of the door and tell them you’re there for the bike meeting and security will let you in Then you can use the elevators at the far end by the security desk. Bring your bike to the room, take Metro, or park for free in the big garage across East Jefferson Street. There’s some [...]