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


Category Archives: Transit

Can The Snow “Teach” Us About Public Space?

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During this winter season, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have received more snow than we have in the past 3 years. As we are all keenly aware, the snow causes many issues for transportation and safety.

But there may be something more positive to come out of all this snow after all.

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If We Design for Walkability, Will You Actually Walk?

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The new street and sidewalk grid that is coming to the White Flint district will bring many positive features to our area. The grid is designed around the beneficial walkability elements that we hope to encourage residents to follow throughout the region. These development projects and road projects use various walkability strategies that work for many areas across the world but the success of the new White Flint district really comes down to the question of whether people will actually walk or bike around the new projects, sidewalks, and bike lanes being built.…

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Many Montgomery County Residents Support the Bus Rapid Transit Plan

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A recent article from Aaron Kaut of Bethesda Now highlighted t a poll commissioned by The Coalition for Smarter Growth and Communities for Transit and completed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research to see how Montgomery County residents support the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. In November, the BRT proposal was passed by the Montgomery County Council “to study and design 10 BRT corridors throughout the county.”

The organizations polled 400 Montgomery County residents and found that “71 percent of likely Montgomery County voters support a BRT system, while 22 percent oppose it.”

The poll took place from January 22-23rd, 2014.…

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“Road Diets” in NYC

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As Mayor Bill De Blasio begins his role as Mayor of New York City, people are now examining all the changes the last mayor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, brought to the city.

Bloomberg and his staff succeeding in changing the built environment of New York City to better the safety and well-being of its residents.…

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Bicycles Outselling Cars Throughout Europe

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In a follow up to our post from yesterday, it seems that bicycles are now outselling cars in almost every European country. In his article, NPR’s Krishnadev Calamur and his colleagues examined figures from “27 member states of the European Union for both cars and bicycles.” They found that in 25 out of the 27 countries they looked at, bicycles outsold cars.

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Why is the U.S. More Car-Dependent than Europe?

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Car-centric travel was once the model every city, town, and country wanted to follow. In the height of motorization, the U.S. became the role model for the rest of the world for car production and travel. This gave room for other parts of the world to develop other strong modes of transportation.

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Safe Streets Act of 2014

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On February 7th, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014 (S. 2004) to the U.S. Senate, “which would require all new federally-funded transportation projects use a Complete Streets approach to planning, designing and building roads,” says Craig Chester.

The bill will create standards for federally funded streets and roads to ensure stronger road/traffic safety and more accessibility for all types of transportation, whether that be a car, bus, bike, or foot.

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Why Not Build More Roads?

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A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a local office of realtors with an update on White Flint redevelopment.  During our discussion of the multi-faceted way we are approaching the area’s traffic problems, someone asked “Why don’t we just build more roads?  I’m going to drive anyway.”  

There are many answers to this question including the fact that roads are much more highly subsidized than transit and, overall, more expensive to build.  

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Update from White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee February Meeting

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The February 10th meeting began with the mention of no new development taking place throughout the White Flint sector currently. The Pike and Rose development is continuing nicely with their first Phase.

Then the meeting turned to the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee update. The committee is in support of the county’s proposed Bill 33-13: Urban Road Code Standards and Pedestrian Safety Improvements.  …

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Young People Really Are Driving Less

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Many who presently live in the car-centric White Flint area have trouble envisioning our lives without our vehicles.  But, as I share with some frequency, there is a rising trend among the younger generation to avoid cars altogether.  Young adults and, particularly young professionals, are graduating from school with mountains of debt and find themselves reluctant to assume more in the form of a car.

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