Dec 032011

Montgomery County DOT sponsored a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss its proposed bike sharing program.   Montgomery County bikeshare would be compatible with CaBi in D.C. and Arlington.  The county hopes to install a total of 70 bikeshare stations with 600 bikes.   It intends to put 50 of these stations and 400 bikes near the Metro Red Line, in areas where the bikes would get a lot of use such as Bethesda and Silver Spring.  To fund these stations the county is seeking a state bikeshare grant (some of which is CMAQ funds) which could cover 80% of program costs.   The county is working with Rockville to put 20 bikeshare stations and 200 bikes in the Rockville/Shady Grove Metro area.  […]

 Posted by at 12:50 am on Dec 3, 2011  Comments Off on Montgomery County Bikeshare Meeting
Dec 012011
Biking on the ICC Shoulders?

Bike advocates are asking the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) to let people bike on the shoulders of the gleaming new ICC highway.  Is this a crazy idea?  Well, many other highways in the country allow it.  Maryland already allows shoulder riding on parts of US 15 north of Frederick and many miles of US 29, including areas with highway interchanges where vehicles enter and exit via high speed ramps.  To make the ICC shoulder use a greater possibility, in 2008 the Maryland General Assembly repealed the law prohibiting the state from allowing cyclists from all toll roads.  But MdTA must still pre-approve it on individual toll roads. Allowing cyclists on the ICC shoulders should be easy through the simple interchanges […]