Apr 142013
 

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 […]

 Posted by at 3:43 pm on Apr 14, 2013  Comments Off on Sierra Club ride to show cycling challenges, discuss new bike statement
Oct 182012
 

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.

 Posted by at 9:28 am on Oct 18, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG meeting tonight (10/18) at 7 pm in Gaithersburg
Sep 202012
 

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 […]

 Posted by at 2:28 pm on Sep 20, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG meeting tonight (9/20) at 7 pm in Rockville
Sep 192012
 

Don’t forget the North Branch Trail meeting tonight! (September 19th, 2012).  The Montgomery County Parks Department is holding the meeting to discuss the design of the planned North Branch Hiker-Biker Trail.  The Parks Department will discuss possible alignments and alternatives and ask for input from people attending the meeting. The North Branch Trail is proposed to connect the Lake Frank Lakeside Trail to Bowie Mill Park near Derwood.  The trail will be located in upper Rock Creek Park and the North Branch Stream Valley Park. For a map and other information, go to this project page.  Or you can contact project manager Marian Elsasser by email or at 301-495-3597.  All input is welcome and you can send input to her directly […]

 Posted by at 4:42 pm on Sep 19, 2012  Comments Off on North Branch Trail meeting tonight
Aug 102012
 

The August MCBAG meeting is cancelled. The meeting will not be held at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg location.  The meeting will not be held at MCDOT’s Rockville location.  The location of canceled meetings will rotate between not here and not there. The next MCBAG meeting will be September 20th in Rockville.  The address is  101 Monroe Street, 9th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 .  The October meeting will be in Gaithersburg.

 Posted by at 1:14 pm on Aug 10, 2012  Comments Off on August MCBAG meeting is cancelled
Jul 172012
 

The July meeting of MCBAG is this Thursday July 19th at 7 pm in Rockville.  The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville.  This one’s in Rockville. Agenda is here.   Projects that will be discussed: Capital Crescent Trail surface project on Bethesda Avenue (Woodmont Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue).  Presented by M-NCPPC ‘s David Anspacher and Neil Braunstein. Executive Blvd shoulders in North Bethesda Woodglen Drive/Edson Lane issues in North Bethesda Clopper Road shared use path in Germantown Germantown bike rack at Germantown Transit Center MEETING DETAILS: Rockville MCBAG meetings are in the tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. Enter from the lower level entrance off Monroe Street.  Ring the buzzer to the left of the door and tell them […]

 Posted by at 2:30 pm on Jul 17, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG Meeting July 19th – Capital Crescent Trail, North Bethesda, Germantown, etc.
Jun 212012
 
MCBAG meeting tonight - Gaithersburg at 7 pm

MCBAG (Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) meets this Thursday (6/21) at 7 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office.  This is a NEW TIME and a DIFFERENT LOCATION than the last meeting.  MCBAG plans to rotate meeting locations between Rockville and Gaithersburg, at least until they can get better set up in Rockville.  The Gaithersburg address is 100 Edison Park Drive. There’s a security person in the lobby who can direct you. The agenda includes a review of bike projects such as the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance on Woodglen Road.

 Posted by at 10:28 am on Jun 21, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG meeting tonight – Gaithersburg at 7 pm
May 102012
 
PROS (Park Recreation and Open Space) Plan hearing on May 24th

The Montgomery County Planning Board is holding a public hearing on the draft 2012 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan on Thursday May 24, 2012.  This plan includes important elements related to hard surface and natural surface trails in the parks.  The plan addresses the mission of our parks, priorities, upcoming projects, park budgets, and more.  According to the Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), the primary purpose of the Plan is to: provide guidance regarding recreation facility needs in the county for the next 10 years. recommend priorities for important natural and historic/cultural areas in Montgomery County that need to be preserved and interpreted. provide input to area and park master plans regarding the need for public parkland and […]

 Posted by at 11:00 am on May 10, 2012  Comments Off on PROS (Park Recreation and Open Space) Plan hearing on May 24th
Apr 152012
 

The county-sponsored Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG) will begin discussing its future role and direction this Thursday at 6:30 pm. The next few meetings will be important! The county’s long time bike coordinator, Gail Tait-Nouri, just retired, and its a good occasion to improve MCBAG. Some questions: Should MCDOT have to send all bike projects (and key road projects) to MCBAG for review and input? How do we make sure EVERY project is reviewed? How do we solicit input from the larger bike community? How do we work with the county Planning Department, which has its own bike coordinator (under transportation planning)? How do we work with the county’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (a formal group […]

 Posted by at 1:15 pm on Apr 15, 2012  Comments Off on Discussing the role of MCBAG this Thursday
Jan 192012
 

MCBAG (the Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) will meet tonight, Thursday January 19th at 6:30 pm (until 8:30).  It’s an open meeting where everyone can discuss bike efforts. We will discuss: 1. the new county budget that just came out this week 2. the role of MCBAG in notifying and getting responses from county cyclists regarding county road/trail projects 3. 2012 in general Where: The big tall Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street – 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.  Take the elevator to the 10th floor.  The conference room is just inside […]

 Posted by at 12:13 pm on Jan 19, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG Meeting Tonight