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 […]
By popular demand, here is the City of Cyclists video showing bicyclists in Copenhagen! Most cyclists in Copenhagen do not wear helmets, yet fatalities on a per rider basis are much lower than in the United States. The Danish are concerned that requiring bike helmets would only discourage cycling. In Copenhagen, 36% of all commuting trips are by bike. The more bicyclists there are, the more drivers learn to expect (and respect) them. Unfortunately, the Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that would require all cyclists to wear helmets. This would surely kill BikeShare in Montgomery County as well as reduce the level of bike use overall, especially trips to transit.
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 […]
Below is a report from community/bike advocate Steve Friedman on a meeting held Monday to discuss details of the Wisconsin Ave. “Green Mile” sidewalk (sidepath) project in Chevy Chase. The meeting was hosted by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance (LFWA) and attended by project staff from the Maryland State Highway Administration as well as the public. Also check out the article in the Bethesda Patch reporting on the meeting. (The Patch erroneously states that without the new facility, cyclists must ride against the direction of traffic in the roadway. But cyclists certainly can (and must) ride in the same direction as car traffic if using the street, with or without the project). We are referring to the proposed facility as […]
What is the best way to bike in the Georgia Avenue corridor from the Matthew Henson Trail crossing to Forest Glen Road? As with the proposed Rt. 29 corridor route, Montgomery County DOT is planning to post bike route signs along the best Georgia Avenue corridor route and is asking the cycling community for input. The goal is to sign 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. Cyclists following the routes are expected to be comfortable riding on secondary streets or roads with shoulders or wide lanes. The county proposes two Georgia Avenue corridor routes, one connecting to […]
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 […]
Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen has asked the Maryland Department of Transportation to make changes to various state roads to better support bike sharing, which is coming to the county soon. Her letter is here. She specifically requests bike lanes on Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring: [To support bikesharing] I encourage MDOT to implement wherever feasible these improvements endorsed by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association: Buffered bike lanes–where sufficient space exists, provide buffered space between the bicycle travel space and vehicular travel space (or the “door zone” of the vehicle); Non-buffered bike lanes—where space is available, provide a bike lane with a minimum width of five feet, in keeping with national engineering standards; Shared use markings […]
Here is an overview map of the planned “Green Mile” sidewalk/sidepath along Rt. 355 (Wisconsin Ave.) in Chevy Chase. This isn’t a redesign since the most recent CycleMoco post, just a clearer map showing the different sections. Click to enlarge. Here are the basics: Magenta on the map represent a 5′ – 5.5′ wide path with no buffer separating the path from the street (besides the curb). Yellow on the map represent an 8′ wide path with no buffer. Teal on the map represents a 5.5′ – 6′ wide path that’s elevated from street level, with a fence or wall between the path and the street. The exact cross-sections are shown in this schematic diagram. A full description of the […]
There is an updated design of the “Green Mile” shared use path along MD 355 (Wisconsin Ave.) north of Friendship Heights. The design isn’t final by any means, but it’s been updated to address concerns over tree removal expressed by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance (LFWA). The State Highway Administration (SHA) is still calling it a sidewalk, though it’s meant to be a shared use path per county master plan. See the links at the bottom of this post for the design diagrams. A very serious problem with the new design is that the path would only be 5′ wide with no buffer separating it from Wisconsin Ave. for the southernmost 250 feet of the project (from Grafton St. to […]