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
 
WABA and MoBike's recommendations to support BikeShare

WABA and MoBike just presented their list of recommendations of needed bike improvements in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Friendship Heights to help BikeShare fulfill its tremendous promise in Montgomery County.   The improvements are designed to encourage people to use bikes as transportation.  They include bike lanes, intersection changes, road diets (lane or parking removal), sharrows (shared lane markings) and off-road paths.  Bike lanes may be positioned next to traffic (traditional bike lanes) or separated from traffic (buffered bike lanes or cycle tracks). Sharrows are a way to make existing travel lanes more hospitable to bikes, and are often accompanied by “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs.  The recommendations also include finishing key transportation trails that have been left […]

 Posted by at 1:37 pm on Oct 18, 2012  Comments Off on WABA and MoBike’s recommendations to support BikeShare
Jul 162012
 

From Courtland Milloy’s column in the Washington Post today: Well look who’s back: the Fenty brigade, led by true believers of former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty. Among them are my nemeses — whom I have referred to before as myopic twitsbecause of their inability to see that dog parks, bike paths and cupcake parlors do not make a “world-class city.” So yet another pundit or politician has trivialized bike facilities (he probably means bike lanes) by lumping them in with the most frivolous-sounding improvements he could think of.  Such tripe is usually reserved for Republicans.  This is from a Heritage Foundation article: [States’] limited resources are diverted from urgent infrastructure projects to so-called enhancements, such as flower plantings, bicycle and […]

 Posted by at 10:30 am on Jul 16, 2012  Comments Off on Bike paths and cupcake parlors
Jan 202012
 

Where did funding for the Met Branch Trail go?  County Executive Ike Leggett released his proposed FY13-18 capital budget this week, and it shows no funding for the trail at all.  Wayne Phyillaier has written up all the gory details in his post on Silver Spring Trails.  He notes that: All funding for r.o.w. [right-of-way] acquisition and construction is deleted from the CIP budget. The proposed route, if it is ever built, has been thrown out of the CSX corridor and across state highways. In the county’s previous capital budget (FY11-16) the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) between Silver Spring Transit Center and the existing trail on Fenton Street (about .6 miles) was to be completed by FY16 at a cost […]