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


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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.

Meet Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center

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As one of our newest business members, Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center, I recently had a chance to speak with them about their business. Avant Garde Ballroom is the premier dance studio in the North Bethesda area serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Avant Garde Ballroom has a state-of-the-art studio with knowledgeable dance teachers offering classes designed for all types of individuals.

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New Bikesafe Guide from USDOT

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The U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently created a new guide on how to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians for state transportation departments and local governments called The Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System or Bikesafe. The guide contains 46 countermeasures that include various types of engineering, educational, and enforcement elements.…

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October White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting

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White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: Wall Local Park/ Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center

5900 Executive Boulevard, N. Bethesda, MD

 

The agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Introductions
  2. Updates
    1. Development Activity
    2. White Flint Downtown Committee
  3. White Flint Implementation Coordinator Report (Dee Metz)
    1. Western Workaround

 

The White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee is a body appointed by the Planning Board in 2010 to:

  • Review assumptions made regarding traffic, including transit use and parking
  • Monitor plan recommendations
  • Identify new projects for the amenity fund
  • Monitor the county Capital Improvement Program and Growth Policy
  • Recommend action by the Planning Board and County Council

They are scheduled to meet the second Monday evening of every month but please confirm that the meeting will occur before venturing out as some months are skipped/canceled.…

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Become a Representative on a BRT Corridor Advisory Committee

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Are you a resident, business owner, or an individual involved in your community within Montgomery County?

Do you want to see a change in the types of transportation available throughout the county?

Are you interested in the Rapid Transit System?

If so, don’t miss your chance to get involved in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system coming to the county!…

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3 Foot Bike Buffer Zone in California

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The State of California instituted a law, “Three Feet for Safety Act,” on September 16, 2014 requiring drivers to give bicyclists a  3 foot buffer zone while passing them or the motorists will receive a $35 fee. In addition, if there is not enough room for the driver to move over 3 feet, the driver must slow down to a “reasonable and prudent” speed and wait for it to be safe for them to pass the cyclist.

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A TedTalk on Shifting Gears towards Bicycle- Focused Street Design

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Mikael Colville-Andersen, an urban designer in Copenhagen, recently gave a Tedx Talk focused on bicycle culture in cities. For Colville-Andersen, city planners and designers need to now focus on creating complete street designs that are supportive to other means of transportation, especially bicycles. In the talk, Colville-Andersen provides a short description of how streets were designed originally for the benefit of cars and motor vehicles. …

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The Community Wants Old Georgetown Road Designed Per the Sector Plan

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The beauty of the White Flint Sector Plan has always been in the way the entire community has come together to embrace the work being done here.  It’s exciting that, after all this time, we’re still going strong as a community, together.  

Yesterday, we tendered a letter to the County Executive that has been joined and signed by sixteen stakeholders who have been working toward a better White Flint.  

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Pike & Rose Announces More Openings

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As we announced back in August, Del Frisco’s Grille officially opened yesterday at the Pike & Rose development!

In addition, Pike & Rose has recently announced the opening schedule for many of their other stores and restaurants.

Starting in early November 2014, the IPic movie theater will open just in time for the new “Hunger Games” movie.…

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Biking Infrastructures are Necessary for Sustainable and Engaging Communities

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To make the White Flint sector more walkable and accessible to all types of individuals – pedestrians, cyclists, young, old – supportive pedestrian and bike infrastructure is necessary. Friends of White Flint and our members value biking and walking as alternative forms of transportation.  As we begin to see the White Flint Sector Plan implemented, we want to make sure the values our residents, our community members, and our business owners hold will continue to be part of what is developed.…

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Bike Commuting Rate in DC Doubled in Last 4 Years

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The rate of bike commuting in Washington D.C. and NYC has doubled in the last four years. With new biking infrastructure such as Capital Bikeshare, designated/protected bike lanes, buffer zones, and cycle tracks, the occurance of commuting cyclists has increased from 2.2 percent in 2009 to 4.5 percent in 2013 in Washington, D.C.…

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