M-NCPPC Walk Audit Toolkit Training

The Pedestrian Master Plan team will host a virtual training to share the draft Pedestrian Audit Toolkit. During the training, participants will learn how to use the toolkit to lead pedestrian audits in The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Gants to help make the County more pedestrian-friendly. Here’s a way you can help that effort. Sign up to learn how to conduct a pedestrian audit of your community. http://ow.ly/l9BR50G6kAQ

What is a Walk Audit?
Walk Audits are used to identify barriers to walking and bicycling. Neighbors walk the streets together and note what makes the streets feel comfortable for walking and what is missing. Walk Audits assess
street infrastructure and conditions, documenting barriers, positive features, activities, and perceptions of the walking environment.

The results from a Walk Audit can be used to advocate for safer streets for all. Share the results with decision makers and the agency who is responsible for managing a particular roadway. The results
can also help build community support to build a grassroots campaign to slow down traffic or attract media attention.

To organize a Walk Audit in your community, there are three phases: 1) Prep and Promote 2) Walk and Coverage and 3) Recap and Analyze.

Learn more about a Walk Audit at http://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Walk-Audit-Toolkit-1.0.pdf.

Pike District Connector Launch Week – Volunteers Needed

Wednesday September 15, 2021 to Saturday September 18, 2021

Join the Planning Department, MCDOT, and Better Block as they sling paint, swing hammers, and get some dirt under their fingernails installing signage along the Pike District Connector, create ground murals under the guidance of local artists, and build a pollinator garden with plants, art, and seating in Wall Park. All tools will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and a water bottle and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting painted or dirty. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Visit https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-launch-week/ to learn more.

Pike District Connector Coming September 13

The Planning Department will be installing the Pike District Connector the week of September 13, with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 18 (details below)! The Connector will remain in place through late fall.

  • Wayfinding: They’re installing temporary pavement stickers and signage to promote the Pike District Connector, Josiah Henson Museum & Park, and nearby destinations (see below). Stickers will be placed at regular intervals along the one-mile corridor, and between Wall Local Park and the Josiah Henson Museum & Park (to direct visitors parking at Wall Park to the museum). The stickers and signage will include QR codes linking to the project’s interactive webmap.
  • Activations: They’re enlivening Wall Local Park with a pollinator garden and temporary seating and hammocks.
  • Artwork: They’re partnering with two local artists to design temporary sidewalk murals at Wall Local Park and the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Edson Lane.
  • Kickoff Events:
    • Community Bike Ride with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (10 am, Bethesda Metro Station): Starting at the Bethesda Metro Station (Wisconsin Avenue entrance), join Montgomery Planning staff and WABA for a six-mile bike ride that will follow the Bethesda Trolley Trail, traverse the Pike District Connector, and conclude at Wall Local Park for the Pike District Connector Kickoff.
    • Pike District Connector Kickoff (11 am, Wall Local Park): Check out the temporary activation and artwork installed at Wall Local Park as part of the Pike District Connector and interact with staff from the Josiah Henson Museum & Park!

Project Links:

Take the Pike District Connector survey

The Montgomery County Planning Department, is partnering with the Friends of White Flint and the Better Block Foundation to add local semi-permanent art and public seating at four main intersections along this temporary one-mile connector that will link pedestrians and bicyclists from the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail this summer.

The public has until May 28 to provide feedback through an online survey, so please take a quick moment and submit your thoughts by clicking on the survey button below.

Upcoming Opportunities to Engage on Vision Zero

The Montgomery County Executive’s Office has released the Draft Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2030., and the county wants your feedback.

From now until early June, there are a few ways that you can get involved. You can quickly provide your input on the draft plan by answering this quick survey sponsored by the county: research.net/r/vz2030plan

Additionally, you can attend one of the upcoming listening sessions the county is hosting for the plan. They are each focused on one of the regional service areas of the county, but you do not need to live in the service area to attend.

A copy of the plan, access to the feedback survey, and details on how to register for each listening session are available at montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/2030plan.html.

You can also participate in the virtual Planning Board meeting currently scheduled for June 3 when Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland will share the draft plan with the Board members. Watch the Planning Board meeting live online and on demand.

Pike District Connector Community Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 7-8 pm

Join the Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint for a community kickoff meeting for the Pike District Connector on April 28 (7-8 pm). The Connector is a temporary, one-mile pathway on the west side of the Pike District that will link the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail. As part of this project, the Better Block Foundation will activate hubs at several intersections along the Connector with seating, artistic elements, and planters. Better Block is a nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. The Planning Department previously worked with Better Block for the White Flint Placemaking Event in 2018 and the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival in 2019.

Please register in advance (https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-community-kickoff-meeting/), a meeting link will be shared the day of the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Walker Freer at Walker.Freer@montgomeryplanning.org

A Vision Zero Toolkit

The Planning Department has developed a Vision Zero Community Toolkit.

Montgomery Planning’s Vision Zero Community Toolkit is a resource intended to help community members understand and advocate for specific types of road safety designs to reduce crashes involving motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It consists of over 40 design treatments and outlines how each treatment can address road safety challenges in different contexts throughout Montgomery County. The Vision Zero Community Toolkit will help users identify which design strategies are best suited for the specific safety challenges of their neighborhood. Certain treatments are aimed at reducing vehicle speeds, while others may provide safer crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians. Because not all treatments are suited for all roadway types, this toolkit highlights which ones are most effective in a given context.

Some tools we particularly thought would enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety include:

  • Advanced Stop Lines (page 12)
  • Bike Boxes (page 20)
  • Buffered Bike Lanes (page 22)
  • Corner Radius Reduction (page 28)
  • Crossing Islands (page 30)
  • Curb Extensions/Bulb Outs (age 32)
  • High Visibility Crosswalks (page 40)
  • Leading Pedestrian and Bicycle Intervals (page 42)
  • Lighting (page 44)
  • Off-Street Trails (page 54)
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (page 58)
  • Protected Intersections (page 64)
  • Raised Crossing (page 68)
  • Road Diets and Lane Width Reductions (page 74)
  • Separated Bike Lanes (page 80)
  • Shared Streets (page 82)
  • Sidepaths (page 86)
  • Tree Buffer (page 92)

Got questions about the upcoming Old Georgetown Road and Executive Blvd. intersection closure?

MCDOT is holding an online meeting to discuss the upcoming road closure and detour plans for pedestrian/bicyclist and vehicular traffic for the Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd. intersection closing. The online meeting will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 4PM – 5PM.

Please see the link below for the public meeting. This event is open to the public, and MCDOT will be taking questions via chat. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetupjoin/19%3ameeting_NGVkZWJlNjQtNTFiOS00ZjVhLWIwZDUtZGYzNTczYmI1ZDAx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%226e01b1f9-b1e5-4073-ac97-778069a0ad64%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227abcc5b3-2e3c-43ad-a074-86c4c1b0b1c7%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

Read more about the closure here.