Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Monthly Archives: November 2013

County Council Approves Bus Rapid Transit Routes

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Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the 10-route, 81-mile Bus Rapid Transit system we have been working toward.  Now that the routes are set, the more detailed work begins on the treatments for them.  Public engagement is going to be necessary moving forward, with advisory groups for each route.  We’ll keep you posted as things develop but, in the meantime, find more details on Greater Greater Washington!

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Boston gets bike helmet vending machines

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Boston's bikeshare program, Hubway. Photo by the author.

Boston’s bikeshare program, Hubway. Photo by the author.

 

We’re really excited that Montgomery County now has Capital Bikeshare, and have written (a lot) about the many benefits of bicycle-friendly communities. However, as our community shifts from being auto-dominant to having more complete streets, there is a learning curve.…

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Thoughts on Bus Rapid Transit

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Last week BethesdaNow.com, a newsblog featuring local and breaking news, ran an opinion piece questioning aspects of Bus Rapid Transit, particularly along the southern stretch of MD355.  I had the opportunity to submit a counterpoint:

 

Bring On Bus Rapid Transit

After reading Mr. Hawkins’ opinion on Bus Rapid Transit through Bethesda, I felt compelled to share a different perspective on the proposed system: mine.

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Where will the elementary school be located? It may be too soon to tell.

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Sketch plan of White Flint Mall property.

Sketch plan of White Flint Mall property. Retrieved from MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org.

A letter from the Board of Education that was sent to the Planning Board at the request of Montgomery County Public Schools was the highlight of a Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park Citizen’s Association meeting on Wednesday. Accordingly, Bruce Crispell, director of long range planning for MCPS, as well as Nkosi Yearwood and Brooke Farquhar from the Planning and Parks departments were there to explain the history of the school site and answer questions.…

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Bellevue shows way for White Flint

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One of the challenges in transforming White Flint into an urban place is that it largely developed after World War II, when car culture really took hold. Not only are there lots of big, fast roads and strip malls that are hard to navigate without a car, but there are fewer examples of how to redesign it.…

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County Hosts Open Data Town Hall

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From Montgomery County’s Innovation Program:

November 21st, 2013 will mark Montgomery County’s first Open Data Town Hall at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda) from 7 to 9 p.m. The Innovation Program is excited to host this event. All Montgomery County residents are welcome.

The goal of the Open Data Town Hall is to gather information from residents about the types of data they would like to have available on our open data platform, dataMontgomery.…

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Updates from the November Downtown Advisory Committee meeting

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The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee met again on November 12th to continue discussing how to make the area a great downtown destination. In fact, Jeff Burton, deputy executive director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) came to the meeting to discuss just that with members of the committee. The discussion started with the Bethesda Streetscape Plan, created in the early 90s to give Bethesda a specific feel.…

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County Council resists some calls to water down BRT plan

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It’s been 5 years since Montgomery County first started talking about a countywide Bus Rapid Transit network, but the County Council could vote on the proposed 81-mile system in two weeks. While the latest round of revisions are good, will councilmembers resist calls from a few residents to cut BRT routes in their neighborhoods?…

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Meeting Next Week on White Flint School Site

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The issue of a site for a future elementary school in the White Flint Sector is back at the forefront and County Planners will be at a meeting next week to discuss it.

From Park & Planning:

White Flint Elementary School
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20
Garrett Park Elementary School
4810 Oxford Street
Kensington, MD 20895
 
Planners will participate in a general meeting of the Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park Citizen’s Association at the Garrett Park Elementary School on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. …
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Businesses want bike lanes

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What do tech companies say is crucial to attracting and retaining employees? According to Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s bike lanes. She explains:

Ten years ago we never would have thought that walkability or bike lanes would be economic development tools…We’re working on the creation of a comprehensive protected bike lane plan for downtown…We would like to make bikes an integrated part of downtown.

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