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


Author Archives: Rebecca Hertz

About Rebecca Hertz

Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

Show Your Support of the Urban Road Code Bill 33-13

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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.

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At Least One Bike-Friendly Community in Every U.S. State

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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.…

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6 “Progressive” and Beneficial Pedestrian Infrastructures

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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.…

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Avant Garde’s Own Dancers Will Appear on TV

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Check out two of Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center’s very own, Michaela Pinky Puno and Slava Sergiev, who will appear on the “Ballroom Blitz” show airing on TLC on Wednesday, November 26. The show focuses on various ballroom dance competitions across the U.S. Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center is one of our newest members and we are happy to hear this fantastic news about them!…

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November Meetings Around White Flint

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  • The November meeting of the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee is cancelled. 

 

  • The November 11th meeting of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee has been rescheduled to November 18, at 8:00 am. The meeting will take place at the Bethesda North Conference Center. The meetings are free and open to the public.
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“Mini Cities” Around DC

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In recent articles in The Washington Post and Greater Greater Washington, smaller cities and towns around the DC area were highlighted for their walkable and mixed-used communities that they refer to as “mini-cities.” These articles focused on the positive elements of various communities and how they continue to grow without relying on being in relatively close proximity to DC.…

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Glow in the Dark Bike Lanes, Cool!

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The Netherlands is testing glow-in-the-dark lanes along one of their highways. The green paint is charged by daylight, allowing it to glow at night. The lanes are ”clearer than existing cat’s eye reflective spheres.”

Currently, the green lines are used to mark the street lanes, reducing the need to use street lamps to light the road.…

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Bicycling Benefits All People

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As we watch the final stages of construction of the cycle track along Woodglen Drive, it is important to note why biking facilities are so important for the White Flint sector.

Biking infrastructures allow for cycling to have positive impacts on cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Urbanful recently discussed a report completed by British Cycling that focused on all the benefits cycling has on all types of people, even non-cyclists.…

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Update on the Urban Road Code Bill 33-13

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This morning, the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee is meeting to discuss the amended Bill 33-13: Streets and Roads- Urban Road Standards and Pedestrian Safety Improvements. The committee meeting will take place at 9:30 am and will be televised on County Cable Montgomery (CCM), as well as available for viewing on the county council’s website.…

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Updates from the October Implementation Committee Meeting

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Here are the updates from the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee meeting from Tuesday, October 14th:

1)   Updates

  1. North Bethesda Market II and Gables Residential White Flint went to the development review committee about 2 weeks ago.
  2. As mentioned before, the Western Workaround has been broken up into 2 phases.
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