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

Should Road Safety Be A Community Health Issue?

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In recent years, many health professionals and community planners started focusing their attention on the connections between the built environment and health, especially the issue of obesity.

Robert Steuteville, a writer for Better Cities & Towns’ blog, recently discussed a report focused on health and urbanism completed by Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT).…

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Designated Bike Lanes May Help Local Businesses Thrive

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Creating a safe and secure biking infrastructure in White Flint is essential to our mission in promoting a sustainable and walkable community. One of the best ways to ensure residents will feel safe enough to bike is to design and implement protected bike lanes, which are an important part of the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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Is the Montgomery County CIP Budget Really Helping Pedestrians?

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Recently, we have been discussing the County’s proposed Capital Improvement Program budget for 2015-2020. We know that the County has been emphasizing the need to invest in transit to bring redevelopment and growth here and we are thrilled by the robust inclusion of White Flint projects in the current version of the budget.…

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What is “Driving” New York and D.C. to have the Smallest Share of Cars?

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In our effort to make White Flint a walkable community, we like to find examples of trends or models throughout the United States and globally from which we can learn. Recently, it seems many other urban areas around the United States are also noticing a trend in their communities, declining presence of cars as their main means of transportation.…

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National Building Museum’s Smart Growth Series

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The National Building Museum downtown is a pretty fantastic resource.  In addition to unique exhibits and a stellar kids’ play-area, they also host a variety of Speakers Series’ throughout the year.  Next week, their focus will be on White Flint!

As part of the Smart Growth Series, I’ll be at the museum on Wednesday, February 5th from 12:30-1:30pm to share how the community is collaborating to ensure that a redeveloped White Flint reaches its potential.  

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Updates from White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee January Meeting

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Here are some updates from the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting on January 13th:

The discussion started with a focus on Woodglen Drive and Executive Boulevard. Committee members are concerned with the issues surrounding the shared-use path on Woodglen Drive.  There has been some confusion after the county permitting department made what appears to be a mistake when dealing with Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar.  …

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FoWF Testifies in Favor of Proposed Urban Road Code Amendments

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Last night, Friends of White Flint Board Member Howard Feldman testified before the County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee in support of the Urban Road Code Amendments proposed by Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer, who both sit on the committee. Thanks to the input of many of our members, our testimony supported the global concepts of Complete Streets and valuing all users, without purporting to be the experts on exact measurements for appropriate lane widths, etc.

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Why Do We Care About the Chris Christie Scandal So Much? Transportation!

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In light of Chris Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, we’ve learned one thing: transportation can make or break an elected official. Emily Badger, a writer for The Atlantic Cities, focuses on the idea that “[h]ow we get around has an enormous influence on our quality of life, and so it’s central to what we expect from our elected officials.” Transportation may be the most influential aspect on our daily lives because without the ability to travel, we cannot do much of anything.

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“Trucks and Cities Are Like Oil and Water. Is There a Solution?”

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Last week we discussed the County Bill 33-13: Streets and Roads- Urban Road Code Standards and Pedestrian Safety Improvements that is up for approval. The Council is holding a public hearing tomorrow evening, January 23rd, where testimonies will be heard on this bill, one of which will be from Friends of White Flint.

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Where White Flint Stands in the CIP Budget

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**Updated at 9:50am with ways to be heard on the proposed budget.

Over the summer, we told you about the county’s Capital Improvement Programs budget.  This budget covers all capital projects (think physical projects, like buildings and roads) and is created as a six-year plan every other year.  This is a capital budget creation year.  

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