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: pedestrian safety

Another Pedestrian Safety Addition to the Pike District!

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Thanks to community activism from Action Committee for Transit, Friends of White Flint, and Councilmember Andrew Friedson, we received word Friday from MCDOT Traffic Engineering that they will be converting the existing flashers at the Bethesda Trolley Trail crossing of Tuckerman Lane to a full pedestrian hybrid beacon that includes a solid red light signal phase.

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Great News! SHA comes through with pedestrian improvements for the Pike District!!

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Thank you SHA (and MCDOT) for these promised pedestrian safety improvements! We’re very excited to seeing them implemented. (And we’re excited about Friends of White Flint’s advocacy having a positive impact on our community!)

  • The work to install continental crosswalks along Route 355 has been included on a list of prioritized locations that will be handled by our maintenance staff’s pavement marking contractor and will be completed this fall, schedule permitting.
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Something must be done

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Pedestrian injured after being hit by car in North Bethesda

A 31-year-old woman was seriously injured Saturday morning after Montgomery County Police say she tried to cross Tuckerman Lane near the intersection with Kings Riding Way. The woman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver was identified as Chase Lawrence Dobler, 27, of Rockville, and was not injured [WTOP].…

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Pedestrian Crashes Up 14% in First Half of 2019

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From Bethesda Beat

Through the first half of the year, 272 pedestrians and bicyclists have been struck by vehicles on roads in Montgomery County – about 1.5 per day, according to county data.

Pedestrian- and bicyclist-involved crashes increased by about 14% from the same six months in 2018, when 238 crashes occurred.…

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FOWF Advocacy Works — NEW LONGER CROSSING TIMES!

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Thanks to advocacy by Friends of White Flint and our successful Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign, we’re so excited to announce MCDOT implemented new pedestrian timings yesterday at Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike!!

Pedestrians crossing Old Georgetown Road at Route 355 now have 7 seconds of walk time followed by 20 seconds of Flashing Don’t Walk time for total pedestrian crossing time of 27 seconds. …

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Big News! Thank you, SHA and MCDOT, for Making the Pike Safer For Pedestrians

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As you might know, Friends of White Flint and the Coalition for Smarter Growth have been working since December to persuade SHA and MCDOT of the necessity of changing the walk signals at Marinelli and Route 355 to make them automatic. We met with SHA and MCDOT three times and even counted the many pedestrians crossing Rockville Pike.…

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Would this work in the Pike District?

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What do you think? Would polka dot curb extensions make walking safer and more attractive in the Pike District? They worked in Austin, and they aren’t there just for decoration, said Anna Martin, traffic engineer for the Austin Transportation Department. The are “designed to “give space back to the pedestrians.”

Instead of building out the curb with concrete, hey opted for a low-cost option using colorful inspiration from various parklet and pedestrian plaza projects in New York City and Los Angeles.…

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Walkable Streets = Safe Streets

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Greater Greater Washington said in a piece last week, “downtown Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Rockville are where it’s easiest to walk around in Montgomery County. They are also where drivers are least likely to kill someone on foot.”

A new interactive map by Metrocosm clearly proves that pedestrian deaths center on high-speed suburban arteries, not the smart urban, walkable streets we want in the Pike District.  …

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Want to decrease pedestrian injuries?

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Duh, who doesn’t want to decrease pedestrian injuries? On average, 100 pedestrians are killed and 3,000 injured every year in Montgomery County. If only there was a way to decrease those tragic numbers …

Well, what do you know? There is.  We just need to put some of our main streets on a road diet.…

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Lowering Speed Limits Saves Lives

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Vox.com is one of the newer online news outlets and they cover a range of topics.  Over the last week, however, they’ve run pieces focused on a few New Urbanist trends around the country.  One particularly striking image highlights how much public space we turn over to cars – and, therefore, how little is left for the rest of us.

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