Jun 212012

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.

 Posted by at 11:09 am on Jun 21, 2012  Comments Off on County road resurfacing schedule – more important than you think
Jun 212012
MCBAG meeting tonight - Gaithersburg at 7 pm

MCBAG (Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group) meets this Thursday (6/21) at 7 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office.  This is a NEW TIME and a DIFFERENT LOCATION than the last meeting.  MCBAG plans to rotate meeting locations between Rockville and Gaithersburg, at least until they can get better set up in Rockville.  The Gaithersburg address is 100 Edison Park Drive. There’s a security person in the lobby who can direct you. The agenda includes a review of bike projects such as the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance on Woodglen Road.

 Posted by at 10:28 am on Jun 21, 2012  Comments Off on MCBAG meeting tonight – Gaithersburg at 7 pm
Jun 202012
Maryland’s new Traffic and Safety Director explains R4-11 guidance

On WashCycle, bike advocate Jim Titus describes the latest developments in Maryland regarding the “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” sign, known formally as sign R4-11 and pictured here.  Jim includes his interview with Cedric Ward, the newly appointed director of the State Highway Administration’s Traffic and Safety Office.   Tom Hicks, the previous director, just retired.

 Posted by at 4:54 pm on Jun 20, 2012  Comments Off on Maryland’s new Traffic and Safety Director explains R4-11 guidance
Jun 192012

From today’s Washington Post: A scar – and lesson – carried for life When I read the June 14 Metro article “Woman killed when bike hits her put others first“, memories flooded my mind.  I remember vividly being 10 years old, riding my bicycle one hot June Saturday afternoon down a slight hill in South St. Louis, where I grew up, and seeing an elderly woman walking far ahead of me. As I had been taught, I immediately began ringing the bell on my handlebars and yelling continuously, “On your left! On your left!”  The woman must have been lost in thought, because I was almost upon her before she suddenly jerked her head around, saw me and jumped to […]

Jun 122012
Fernwood Road edge posts moved back!

Remember those flexible posts placed along the edge of Fernwood Road?  In response to cyclists’ concerns, the county Department of Transportation has changed its policy on post placement and has moved the Fernwood posts further off the road.   DOT’s previous policy was to place these  flexible posts 12 inches beyond the edge of the pavement.  Their new policy puts the posts at 24 inches.   This ensures that cyclists can take full advantage of the available pavement width.  The posts sometimes lean into the road as well. Please let me know of any other roads where the posts are too close to the roadway.  DOT has said it will move posts back to follow the new policy if we alert […]

 Posted by at 7:40 pm on Jun 12, 2012  Comments Off on Fernwood Road edge posts moved back!