Dear Friends – I love going out with a bang! First, we made great progress on the issue of Old Georgetown Road’s design and now, the County Council has ensured that county roads in our urban nodes will have stricter requirements to ensure pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Yesterday, the County Council voted unanimously to enact the amendments to our Road Code that we’ve been telling you about for nearly a year.… Read More
Jeff Speck is one of our nation’s leaders in city planning and urban design. A month or two ago, he wrote the following:
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the single best thing we can do for the health, wealth, and integrity of this great nation is to forbid the construction, ever again, of any traffic lane wider than 10 feet.
Calling all who are interested in making our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists!
There will be an upcoming vote on the Urban Road Code Bill 33-13 by the county council tomorrow and we need all those who know how important it is to improve our current county road code standards to show their support of the bill.… Read More
Vox.com is one of the newer online news outlets and they cover a range of topics. Over the last week, however, they’ve run pieces focused on a few New Urbanist trends around the country. One particularly striking image highlights how much public space we turn over to cars – and, therefore, how little is left for the rest of us.… Read More
It’s official! According to BethesdaNow.com, White Flint’s post office will reopen for business in its new location at 5056-B Nicholson Lane on Monday at 9am. The wait, attributed to post office boxes that didn’t fit the new space, is finally over! Click here for more information!… Read More
Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists released their 2014 list of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new list, that means that all 50 U.S. states have at least one Bicycle Friendly Communities, which is great.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, BFC are defined as including elements such as but not limited to “meeting or exceeding the standards of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, “various types of on-and-off street bicycle facilities,” “Street network is well connected,” have Safe Routes to School programs, and have Bike to Work Day events.… Read More
From our friends at Communities for Transit (click here to see their full page on this important subject):
NOMINATE YOURSELF: Serve on a Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committee
Do you think Montgomery County needs better public transit? Do you want to help County planners design a bus rapid transit system that is cost effective, reduces trip times for riders, and makes it safer to get to stops?… Read More
We are always trying to find ways to make our cities more pedestrian friendly. Here are some interesting, progressive pedestrian focused infrastructures that we could use in our urban areas throughout Montgomery County:
1) Protected left turn
The Next city article pointed to the fact that left turn crashes are leading causes of pedestrian deaths.… Read More
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Yesterday, Kelly Blynn (our friend from Coalition for Smarter Growth) posted a great piece on the status of our county’s Rapid Transit project. Like Old Georgetown Road, it’s critical that this infrastructure is built properly the first time both for efficiency and to responsibly use our tax dollars. Kelly lays out where we are and includes references to White Flint — our stretch of MD-355 is scheduled to be one of the first routes built.… Read More