Jan 182012
Never ignore overhead arrow signs

The other day I tried to bear left at this 5-way intersection in Bethesda (Wilson Lane at Old Georgetown Road at Arlington Road at St. Elmo Ave): Just so we’re clear: Five-Way Intersections Suck I was riding fast on Wilson Lane to make the light and I was behind a truck so I couldn’t see well.  I tried to bear left onto St. Elmo Ave. (seemed like straight to me).  I failed to notice the all-important overhead directional arrow signs and didn’t realize cars coming from the “bear right” direction (northbound Old Georgetown Rd.) also had a green light and were free to bear left onto Wilson, across my path, just as the white SUV in this photo is doing. I […]

 Posted by at 2:22 pm on Jan 18, 2012  Comments Off on Never ignore overhead arrow signs
Jan 172012
County asks the state for BikeShare funds

Montgomery County has asked the State of Maryland to provide a $1 million grant to expand Capital BikeShare into Bethesda and Silver Spring and surrounding areas.   The county expects to know by “early 2012” whether the grant is approved. According to the county press release: The [grant] will fund 29 docking stations and 204 bikes between the Beltway and the District of Columbia border, including Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase), Bethesda, the Medical Center Metro area, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. The county has said its ultimate plan is to provide 50 stations with 400 bikes downcounty and another 20 stations with 200 in the Rockville/Shady Grove area. Also in the press release: The new bikesharing application requests 80 percent grant […]

 Posted by at 2:36 am on Jan 17, 2012  Comments Off on County asks the state for BikeShare funds
Jan 162012
Three Bike Maryland Events

From our good friends at Bike Maryland… January 25, 2012 – Free Bike Maryland Ambassador Training Workshop BECOME A BIKE AMBASSADOR! January 25, 2012 Two Sessions:  12:30-4 p.m. or 5:30-9 p.m. Location: Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 – Directions and parking here. During this free Bike Maryland Ambassador Training Workshop – you will learn how to teach youth bike safety and adult commuter workshops that are part of the Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program. A meal will be served. Space is limited. Click here to register and then fill in your name, check the time(s) when you are available to attend the workshop and click on save. For more answers to your questions, contact Bike-MINDED Coordinators, Katie Gore or […]

 Posted by at 3:52 pm on Jan 16, 2012  Comments Off on Three Bike Maryland Events
Jan 152012

Montgomery County has a transportation blog which is actually quite useful if you want to track what the county’s up to. The blog has its quirks.  For example, what kind of URL is this?   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/Blog/pioBlog.asp?blogID=17 . [June 2012 note:  After 6 months the URL has changed and doesn’t lead to the blog any more]. The URL is not very memorable.   The blog also has no search capability.  I’ll have to tell their webmaster. (Actually the county’s website is pretty good). The blog falls under Go Montgomery!, a county program that includes various projects.  It seems like an attempt at branding, but it doesn’t have a very good URL either.  There seems to be a county policy against good URLs, […]

 Posted by at 7:58 pm on Jan 15, 2012  Comments Off on Montgomery Transportation Blog
Jan 092012

The county is considering building a shared use path along Rt. 355 in Clarksburg between Brink Road and Stringtown Road (MD 121).  If built to usual county standards, the path would be at least 8′ wide (10′ is the full standard, but 8′ is more common).  This line on Google Maps shows the planned path location according to last week’s Washington Post article.  The path is in the county master plan, but so are many other paths and it would take decades to build them all based on current bike/pedestrian funding levels. Also according to the article, the State Highway Administration looked at building the northern half of the path but faced issues with land ownership, trees, utilities and retaining […]