The quintessential Montgomery County plan for bicyclists is the 2005 Countywide Bikeways Functional Master Plan (CBFMP). This plan says where the county plans to add major bikeways or has already implemented them. Especially useful is the CBFMP’s table of table of existing and planned bikeways. See also this interactive map for a visual companion to the CBFMP document. The map includes updates made to the CBFMP since 2005 except for the most recent, as well as local bikeways (see below) though it’s not guaranteed to be 100% correct. The CBFMP identifies these types of bikeways: On-road bike lanes “Signed shared roadways” (SSRs). These are roads with some feature (like shoulders or wide lanes) that make them more comfortable for cycling. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Years ago, American planners decided to divide bikeways into three types: Class I: Off-road paths (aka bike paths, shared use paths, or multi-use paths) Class II: On-road bike lanes Class III: Shared roadways This categorization implied that off-road paths were superior to bike lanes, and that bike lanes were superior to roads without bike lanes. Maybe that was the thinking at the time. But it’s well accepted now that shared use paths carry risks of their own and are not suitable for all cyclists at all times. So in Montgomery County planners now use the terms “shared use path”, “bike lanes”, and “signed shared roadway” (SSR), respectively. The terms Class I, II, and III aren’t inaccurate, just out of common [...]
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 [...]
Dan Reid wrote this informative post in Greater Greater Washington about the ICC trail, with a special focus on the recently built Rt. 29 segment. That mile-long segment, which runs along 29 from Fairland Road to Briggs Chaney Road, is a great trail though it has limited east-west value (notwithstanding it’s designation as part of the ICC trail) and will probably get no recreational use in any direction. Google Maps doesn’t show the trail on its trail overlay yet, but here’s the alignment.
The Lake Frank trail connector is almost done! [June 25th update: It IS done]. It will connect the Rock Creek Trail (north of Rt. 28) to Lake Frank in Derwood. The paved trail was planned for years but just as it was about to be built, some residents in a nearby neighborhood launched an opposition campaign. They insisted on an alternative route where the trail would be further from their homes but much more expensive and environmentally impactive to build. Fortunately logic prevailed and the trail was approved for construction in the planned location. The trail will eventually be the southernmost segment of the Lake Frank Trail which will follow along the east side of the lake to the Meadowside [...]
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation publishes a resurfacing schedule of upcoming road resurfacing projects. Why is this useful? Because roadway resurfacing (repaving) requires repainting all the lines. White lines. Yellow lines. Dashed lines. It’s a chance to widen lanes, add bike lanes and fix configurations that impact cyclists. On some roads we’ve been chomping at the bit to have MCDOT redo the striping. On these projects MCDOT needs input from cyclists. Many projects are brought up at MCBAG meetings. But sometimes they aren’t. It’s essential to keep an eye on the resurfacing schedule.
The Bethesda Trolley Trail promises to be a great route from the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville to downtown Bethesda. The existing part of the trail is excellent thanks to the two trail bridges over I-495 and I-270. But it has its problems: 1. The trail fizzles out north of Edson Lane in North Bethesda. This portion is labeled “future trail” on trail maps, although the small green trail signs continue all the way to Twinbrook Metro. Much of it is sidewalks on busy roads lined with shopping center driveways, although there are decent alternatives for those who don’t mind riding in the road. 2. The trail fizzles out south of Charles St. in Bethesda. Much of it is sidewalk [...]