Apr 222015
 
A new Pike District logo

As I described earlier, developers have chosen the name “Pike District” for the White Flint/Montrose/Twinbrook corridor along Rockville Pike.   The name makes me think of traffic congestion, but I realize it’s hard to come up with alternatives.  The developers include Federal Realty and JBG, among the most progressive supporters of smart growth and bicycling.  So I won’t hold the name against them.  They should be applauded for involving the public in the naming process. The developers crafted a logo for the Pike District, shown below.  It’s rather clever, really… But for me, the name “Pike District” conjures up an image of bumper-to-bumper traffic, strip malls and car dealerships.  Parts of Rockville Pike (beyond the Pike District) will continue to […]

Feb 052015
 
White Flint/Twinbrook area renamed after a congested artery

Developers looking to rebrand the White Flint area with a memorable new name decided to call it the “Pike District”.  Say what? (April 23, 2015 update: The Pike District now has a logo, discussed here). The White Flint area, up to and including the area around Twinbrook Metro, is being transformed into into a walkable, transit-oriented urban center offering a thriving mix of retail and housing.  I don’t understand why anyone would want to rename it after a congested six-lane arterial road.   To me the “Pike” – Rockville Pike – conjures up visions of endless strip malls, intolerable traffic and anti-pedestrian conditions, an image we should be trying to get away from.  Cyclists avoid the road and pedestrians fear it.  […]

Feb 202014
 
Rockville Bikeway Plan available for public comment

The draft 2014 Rockville Bikeway Master Plan is ready for public comment!  For details, visit the plan update site or directly view the draft plan and map at these links: Draft 2014 Bikeway Master Plan Draft 2014 Bikeway Recommendations Map You can comment on the plan in person at a public hearing to be held on Wed. April 9th at 7 pm in the Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD, 20850.  You can sign up to speak by calling 240-314-8200.   Individual speakers get 3 minutes; those representing organizations get 5 minutes.  Or you may provide written comments via email, via this form, or via regular mail (to bike coordinator Kevin Belanger, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, […]

 Posted by at 9:23 am on Feb 20, 2014  Comments Off on Rockville Bikeway Plan available for public comment
Mar 262013
 
Could this work on Arlington Road?

According to FABB, the road diet on Lawyers Road in Reston was a success for cyclists and made the road slower and safer for everyone.   VDOT took a road that had two through-lanes in each direction and converted it to a three lane configuration with bike lanes.  The road now has one through-lane in each direction, a two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) in the middle, and bike lanes.  Would this make life better for cyclists on Montgomery County roads like Arlington Road in Bethesda or Redland Road in Rockville? MoBike and WABA have already requested the same 4-to-3 lane conversion with bike lanes on Arlington Road north of Bradley Blvd in Bethesda. It’s an important road for cyclists because it serves […]

 Posted by at 6:19 pm on Mar 26, 2013  Comments Off on Could this work on Arlington Road?
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 on Montgomery County’s Bikeway Plan
Jan 012012
 

Links in this entry were updated Feb. 20, 2014; Rockville links tend to get out of date. The City of Rockville is updating its 2004 Bikeway Master Plan. For more information see the information page regarding the update. As part of this effort, Rockville has convened a citizens’ work group to guide planners as they revise the plan (I’m a member of the group).  They’ve also engaged Toole Design to assist with the revision.  Toole is the conulting firm based in Laurel Silver Spring that specializes in bikeway planning and design. The city has a strong record of bikeway planning.  The 2004 bikeway plan was well-conceived, and unlike many jurisdictions, Rockville actually implements the recommendations in its plans within a […]