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


Tag Archives: Bikes

Bike Programs Across the World

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Doctors in Boston are prescribing prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, their bike-sharing program, for $5. This program is called Prescribe-a-Bike. The usual price of the one-year membership is $85. This is an exciting new strategy that could have huge effects on the obesity epidemic faced by urban areas throughout the U.S.…

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Updates on Woodglen Drive and Washington Gas Tower

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Back in April of last year, we shared that Washington Gas was planning a 145 foot tall communications tower that would sit in the center of their industrial property on Nebel Street, not far from where new residential high-rise buildings are planned.  At that time, there were several approvals that were necessary before construction commenced but we’ve not heard any updates since then.  

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Can Bike Signals Make Biking Safer?

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We have been focusing a lot of attention on the safety of pedestrians and bikers. Another element that could help the safety of Montgomery County residents are bike signals or boxes, similar to walk signals. Bike boxes were just recognized by American engineers to be included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), according to Angie Schmitt.

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Five ways to design for safer streets

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Earlier this month, NYC’s Department of Transportation released a major report, “Making Safer Streets” which outlines the various ways the department has re-imagined and redesigned their streets. The results include:

  • 30% decline in fatalities since 2001
  • 29% decline in people killed or severely injured since 2001
  • 1,000 NYC lives have been saved by the decrease in traffic fatalities since 2001—including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers

The overarching aspect of safer streets is “[creating] the opportunity for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to move through the street network simply and easily, minimizing the unexpected, the confusing, and the potential for surprises.” More specifically, here are the five basic principles highlighted in the report:

  1. Make the street easy to use by accommodating desire lines and minimizing the complexity of driving, walking, and biking, thus reducing crash risk by providing a direct, simple way to move through the street network.
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Boston gets bike helmet vending machines

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We’re really excited that Montgomery County now has Capital Bikeshare, and have written (a lot) about the many benefits of bicycle-friendly communities. However, as our community shifts from being auto-dominant to having more complete streets, there is a learning curve. Safety has been a concern throughout the process.…

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Would You Wear a Bike Helmet if it was Invisible?

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Although we talk a lot on this blog about moving away from being a car-centric community, it can sometimes be hard to fathom in this suburb of strip malls.  But, how’s this for a trend:  in almost every European country, bikes are now outselling cars.   And while this movement has not fully hit the United States, it is clear that Millenials are driving less.  …

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What Bike Infrastructure Looks Like

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Arlington, Virginia, has been a regional leader in smart growth.  With high-density, mixed-use development along transit lines, they are an example worth monitoring as we implement the White Flint Sector Plan.  Because they are out of space to build new roads, and their transit capacity is slowing in growth, Arlington needed to find other ways to move people.  

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The Japanese Park Their Bikes Where?

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Part of the challenge of White Flint planning is deciding how to use street space most wisely.  The Japanese have come up with an excellent alternative to traditional bike racks – and it even protects the bikes from weather and prospective ne’er-do-wells.

 

Even if it’s not so feasible here, this short video is totally worth a few minutes of your Friday.  

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