Tell ’em what you think about their bikeway recommendations

The Bicycle Master Plan Team of the Montgomery County Planning Department invites the community to comment on their preliminary bikeway recommendations for the Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan on their Bikeway ReactMap.
Users can view the map legend, review a brief description of bikeway facility types and add comments about the bikeway recommendations. 
Submit your comments until July 15 on the Bikeway ReactMap

If Arlington Can, Why Can’t We?

Greater Greater Washington wrote about how Arlington built a temporary bikeway using just tape, paper, and potted plants. You know, if Arlington can do it, why the heck can’t we do it in the Pike District? Let’s see firsthand how bike lanes will transform the Pike District.

On June 11, Arlington closed a block of bustling Wilson Boulevard for what organizers called the Active Streets Festival. There were bike-oriented games and activities, plus a collection of temporary bikeways “built” with tape, paper, and potted plants.

The festival took place during the Air Force Association cycling race, when many Arlington streets were closed anyway. The Active Streets Festival gave Arlingtonians who weren’t racing something bike-related to take part in.

Planners “built” a series of temporary bike lanes, all on the block of Wilson Boulevard between Washington Boulevard and 10th Street North.

On one section, a row of potted plants formed the barrier for a protected bike lane. On another, a row of parked cars did the same. Elsewhere, washable homemade green “paint” and a thick roll of tape formed a green bike lane, a buffered bike lane, and sharrows.

By using easy-to-set-up and easy-to-take-down temporary materials, Arlington planners tangibly showed residents what Wilson Boulevard might look like if its street space were allocated differently. There’s no proposal to change Wilson permanently, but the example can be instructive for future projects on other streets.

Tangible benefits aside, the whole thing was a heck of a lot of fun.

Pop-up protected bikeway. Photo by BikeArlington.

Pop-up green lane and buffered bike lane. Photo by BikeArlington.

A BikeArlington worker lays down strips of tape to create the buffered bike lane. Photo by BikeArlington.

Wilson Boulevard with its pop-up bike lanes in place. Photo by BikeArlington.

New Montgomery County Bikeways Website

The Montgomery County Planning Department created a new website for information on the bikeways throughout Montgomery County. The website is complete with information on all existing and proposed bikeways, including shared use paths, bike lanes,  signed shared roadways, hard surface park trails, and cycle tracks and a great interactive map. Check it out!

Below you can see an zoomed-in image of the bikeways through the White Flint Sector.

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Read more on our thoughts on the existing White Flint bike infrastructure by clicking here, and read about some of the plans to improve it by clicking here