The Mont. County Bike Action Group (MCBAG) meets Thursday 10/18 from 7 to 9 pm at MCDOT’s Gaithersburg office. The location is 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg on the 4th floor. Check in with the security guard in the lobby (you may have to buzz in). Security is very tight and you might not be allowed to take your bike to the 4th floor.
Dialing in is welcome since it’s not an easy trip for downcounty cyclists! Dial in at 240-773-8120 (pass code is 498265).
Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Thursday of the month during most months. The location rotates between Gaithersburg and Rockville.
This month’s topic will be a review and discussion of potential projects to be submitted to the Maryland DOT’s Bikeways Program for 2014. Under this program, the state is providing over $4 million statewide “to fund design and construction of projects that enhance bicycle access to transit, increase bicycle safety, extend shared-use paths, and improve facilities and wayfinding for bike routes that connect key destinations, such as work, school and shopping.” The county must submit projects for consideration to the state by June 5, 2013. Last year (for 2013) the state awarded grant money to two projects now underway:
- Clopper Road Shared Use Path from Steeple Road to Hopkins Road and from Village Fountain Drive to Little Star Lane in Germantown
- Woodglen Drive bike lanes, sharrows and sidepath (Bethesda Trolley Trail) from Edson Lane to Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda
Grant money is provided for construction and/or design (or both). The county applies for the funds and the state evaluates the projects based on the merit of each. Here is the full statewide list of funded projects approved for 2013. The grant is usually under $100K for each project. Montgomery County DOT will begin evaluating and prioritizing projects for this year’s project application submissions over the next few weeks and is looking forward to receiving your input.