Wow, it’s been more than ten years since I started poring over bike budgets. I still remember analyzing the 2005-2010 budget. That’s so long ago that some of the projects in that budget are actually complete! (but many aren’t). It’s so long ago that two-way cycle tracks were still called bike paths. Seriously, the County Executive’s recommended 2017-2022 Capital Budget (technically the “FY17 Recommended Capital Budget and FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program”) is a solid improvement over budgets from ten years years ago. Support for bicycling has never been stronger in the county, thanks to growth in ridership and attitudinal shifts in county government. But the county still has a long way to go. The capital budget covers six years but […]
Five County Council members have signed on to a letter by Roger Berliner asking for a cost estimate of clearing snow on the Capital Crescent Trail, with an eye towards covering it in the county operating budget this year. This is something cyclists have been requesting for years, but the requests (like bikes in the snow) never got much traction. The letter is directed to county DOT and the Parks Department, though the latter department owns the trail. Also, Councilmember Hans Riemer has asked DOT to draft a plan for better snow removal from sidewalks. Forcing pedestrians to walk in the street because plows have dumped snow onto sidewalks is unacceptable. A local pedestrian was killed in recent years doing […]
On January 15th, County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended 2015 Capital Budget and 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), aka the 2015-2020 Capital Budget. It identifies capital project funding over the six year period starting with Fiscal year 2015 (which begins July 1, 2014). The first two years of the budget, 2015 and 2016, are the ones to watch. The other four years are “out-years” which represent intentions or best guesses but may change significantly. The capital budget is re-crafted every two years. It is amended during the other years or any other time as needed. “Capital” projects essentially involve building, creating or designing things – as opposed to operating and maintaining things which is the purview of the Operating […]
Good news… An arrangement to fund and build the Fishers Lane Trail, which will connect Fishers Lane to the Rock Creek Trail near Rockville, has been approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board. Fishers Lane (the road) in turn connects to Twinbrook Metro and is relatively bikeable (in the roadway). While ultimate construction of the trail depends on funding that has not been allocated, the major issues that jeopardized the trail appear to have been largely resolved. The superb web page created by Monte Fisher (no relation) covers the trail project and its recent history. The main issues facing the trail were: The originally intended alignment became impossible due to a new plan to put Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on […]
Check out WABA’s summary of bike-related progress in the Maryland legislature this year. If you’re ever inclined to lament the Maryland General Assembly, be happy you don’t have to deal with the Virginia legislature.