Feb 032013
 
North Branch Trail project update

This post was written by Monte Fisher, bike and trail advocate.  Thank you Monte!  See also the county’s project web page and slide presentation (8 MB). The planned North Branch Hiker-Biker Trail will zig-zag north from Lake Frank nearly five miles to finish within kissing distance of Olney.  The Montgomery County Parks Department will construct the trail under the ICC and a bit further north, where it will connect to a trail to be built by private developers. I’ve created an annotated map based on information from MoParks and documents filed by the developers with the County, shown below (version with notes is here): Blue = new trail to be built by the Parks Department Green = existing trail Fuchsia […]

 Posted by at 5:24 pm on Feb 3, 2013  Comments Off
Feb 012013
 
SHA discusses Wisconsin Ave. "Green Mile" sidewalk project

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 […]

 Posted by at 2:12 pm on Feb 1, 2013  Comments Off
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
Sep 272012
 
Montgomery County's Bikeway Plan

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.  […]

 Posted by at 11:14 am on Sep 27, 2012  Comments Off
Sep 252012
 
Clear map of the Wisconsin Ave. "Green Mile" path

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 […]

 Posted by at 12:46 am on Sep 25, 2012  Comments Off
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
Sep 012012
 
Trail Typology

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 […]

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
Jun 292012
 

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.

 Posted by at 6:13 pm on Jun 29, 2012  Comments Off
Jun 232012
 
Lake Frank trail connector almost finished

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 […]