Feb 072012

Last month the County Executive recommended a capital budget (CIP) for the county covering fiscal years 2013 through 2018.   Together with the county’s operating budget, it could fund the government of a small European country like Serbia or Estonia. For a full analysis of the budget as far as bikes are concerned, see “The Montgomery County bike budget in gory detail”. That information came from county documents, mainly the Transportation section of the CIP.  On that page you’ll find most bike projects under the heading Pedestrian Facilities/Bikeways.  You can also read the county executive’s prose synopsis of ped/bike spending.   For a few more bike-related projects (some trails), see also the M-NCPPC section which lists projects managed by M-NCPPC (the Park […]

 Posted by at 10:09 pm on Feb 7, 2012  Comments Off on A budget the size of Estonia’s
Feb 072012

Bill Michie presented MoBike’s testimony at the County Council hearing tonight regarding the county’s proposed FY13-18 Capital Improvements Program (aka the capital budget). Below is MoBike’s testimony, and WABA’s testimony is on their site.  For more information about the county budget, see this post. To the Montgomery County Council, We are Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (MoBike), an organization dedicated to supporting the needs of bicyclists throughout Montgomery County. We have reviewed the County Executive’s proposed FY13-18 Capital Improvement Program and are encouraged that some bike-related projects will be moving forward, albeit with some delays.  We appreciate the funding provided for both standalone bikeway projects and for accommodations provided as a part of road projects. However, it’s a serious shortcoming of the […]

Feb 022012

The Washington Post has a couple good articles on BikeShare today. The article “Capital Bikeshare program looks to spread into the Washington suburbs” covers the coming of BikeShare to Montgomery County and other suburbs.  The plan is to expand BikeShare into several downcounty communities as well as the Rockville/Shady Grove area: By summertime, the bikes should be rolling through the streets of Rockville and Alexandria as the popular Capital Bikeshare program expands into several outer Washington communities. If grant applications come through, they might also appear in the inner-ring areas of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Friendship Heights and Forest Glen. Which communities are getting stations is actually TBD, except Rockville which is funded already.   Grant money still has not […]

 Posted by at 1:55 pm on Feb 2, 2012  Comments Off on WashPost: BikeShare coming to Montgomery County