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 [...]
Various gaps need to be filled in on the bike route along Rt. 355 between Tuckerman Lane and Strathmore Ave, and on Strathmore Ave (MD 547) between Rt. 355 and Kenilworth Ave. The gaps consist of either unsuitable sidewalk or marginal shoulder. Here I discuss the gaps and how to fix them. The route serves Metro and is part of a much longer bike route, a 12-mile signed route from Potomac to White Oak. Most of that longer route is on-road, but some consists of off-road paths. Skip to the bottom of this post for a summary of what must be fixed. For the first 200 feet north of the Rt. 355/Tuckerman Lane intersection (i.e. Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro), the route is just a [...]
Montgomery County is deciding how to install bike lanes on Woodglen Drive in North Bethesda (or is it South Rockville?). Woodglen is the site of part of the Bethesda Trolley Trail, which runs in fits and starts from downtown Bethesda to the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville. The bike lanes would be in addition to the trail, not a replacement for the trail. The entire White Flint area is being rebuilt as part of the county’s ambitious effort to create an urban community centered around White Flint Metro. Bicycling is intended to be a large part of that. See some photos of the existing configuration here. The street is 48 feet wide. The county’s initial design is as follows (from [...]
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 [...]
The Montgomery County Planning Board just approved a revised plan for the Woodmont East development in Bethesda, including the design of the Capital Crescent Trail on Bethesda Avenue. The developer JBG was revising its development plans anyway (to incorporate more property), but changes were also needed to incorporate the trail into the Bethesda Ave streetscape, since the trail has essentially been kicked out of the tunnel. The trail will be a two-way cycletrack along the north side of Bethesda Ave from Woodmont Ave to Wisconsin Ave. The new development will include a hotel on the north side of Bethesda Ave, so people entering the hotel will have to walk or drive across the trail. No doubt many will stop [...]
Environmental consultant Steve Offutt proposes a solution for building the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel under Wisconsin Ave that would save money by replacing the Air Rights and Apex buildings with more valuable buildings now rather than when the buildings reach their typical lifespan. The solution relies on the engineering assumption that the buildings could be replaced less expensively during Purple Line construction rather than after the Purple Line is already in place. The two buildings sit on top of the existing tunnel (hence air rights) and are the main reason it would cost $51 million to keep the trail in the tunnel with the rail line. Mr. Offutt”s solution presumes that newer, bigger (taller) buildings with more direct Metro access [...]