Montgomery Planning has just released its White Flint Separated Bike Lanes Network Report as part of the Bicycle Master Plan.
The report says, “Montgomery County residents and employees are more likely to bicycle in low-stress environments, so improving bicycling throughout the County requires developing safe, low-stress connections between activity centers, transit facilities and neighborhoods. Based on the analysis in this document, the current master-planned bikeway network in White Flint would benefit greatly from modifications to the proposed facilities in order to encourage cycling as a mainstream choice. Due to the pace of development in White Flint, the Planning Department is advancing work in this area of the County so that meaningful opportunities to construct segments of the preferred bike network are not lost before the Bicycle Master Plan is completed.”
There are three different types of upgrades proposed.
Upgrade master-planned bike lanes to separated bike lanes.
Roads in this category are already recommended to have bike lanes in the White Flint Sector Plan. Since bike lanes are typically 5.5 to 6 feet wide in Montgomery County and separated bike lanes in a high-demand area are 7 feet wide, 1.5 additional feet are needed on each side of the road to upgrade to separated bike lanes. This space can be gained by narrowing the traffic lanes per Bill 33-13 (the Urban Road Code bill). Upgrading to separated bike lanes would not require a reduction in the number of travel lanes or an expansion of the master-planned right-of-way.
Roads in this category include: • Nicholson Lane from Old Georgetown Road to Nebel Street • Nebel Street from Randolph Road to Rockville Pike • Edson Lane from Rockville Pike to Woodglen Drive • Old Georgetown Road from Rockville Pike to Nebel Street
Upgrade existing bike lanes to separated bike lanes.
Roads in this category currently have striped bike lanes even though such lanes were not recommended in the White Flint Sector Plan. They would be upgraded to separated bike lanes.
Roads in this category include: • Marinelli Road from Executive Blvd to Rockville Pike 2• Security Lane from Woodglen Drive to Rockville Pike
Add separated bike lanes on additional roads.
Three additional roads would be included in the network of separated bike lanes: • Rockville Pike from Edson Lane to Montrose Parkway • Woodglen Drive Extended from Nicholson Lane to Marinelli Street 3• Marinelli Road from Rockville Pike to Nebel Street • Old Georgetown Road from Nicholson Lane to Rockville Pike. • Hoya Street from Montrose Parkway to Old Georgetown Road. • Executive Blvd west of Old Georgetown Road. • Executive Blvd (realigned) from Marinelli Street to Old Georgetown Road.
The report prioritizes these projects into three tiers. Tier One includes those bikeways that must be substantially completed to open Stage 2 of the White Flint Sector Plan, as well as those connecting various areas to the White Flint Metrorail Station. Tier Two includes those bikeways that are important for connectivity, but are not required to begin Stage 2 of the sector plan. Tier Three includes recommendations that are important to complete as part of the MD 355 bus rapid transit network and are, therefore, longer term recommendations.
Want to learn more and to add your thoughts? Attend the Bicycle Master Plan Meeting at Walter Johnson High School on October 6 at 7:00 pm