Bethesda Trolley Trail to Montrose Parkway Ride, Saturday September 18

Come join WABA, the Montgomery Planning Department, and Better Block Foundation on September 18th at 10am, for a family friendly, no rider left behind ride as we explore the Bethesda Trolley Trail and Executive Boulevard protected bike lanes going to the Pike District and Montrose Parkway Trail.

We’ll meet up at the Bethesda Metro Kiss n Ride lot (near the elevators going down to the Metro station) and ride to the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Norfolk Street, taking the trail up to the Pike District. After a brief stop at the Montrose Parkway Trail, we will ride back on the Pike Connector trail to Wall Local Park for activities for all ages.

For more information on the Planning Department’s Advancing the Pike District Initiative and an interactive map of the Pike District Connector see their information page here. There is also even more information in the flyer from the Better Block Foundation.

Be sure to register, to help us plan for turnout.

Pike District Connector Launch Week – Volunteers Needed

Wednesday September 15, 2021 to Saturday September 18, 2021

Join the Planning Department, MCDOT, and Better Block as they sling paint, swing hammers, and get some dirt under their fingernails installing signage along the Pike District Connector, create ground murals under the guidance of local artists, and build a pollinator garden with plants, art, and seating in Wall Park. All tools will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and a water bottle and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting painted or dirty. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Visit https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-launch-week/ to learn more.

Pike District Connector Coming September 13

The Planning Department will be installing the Pike District Connector the week of September 13, with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 18 (details below)! The Connector will remain in place through late fall.

  • Wayfinding: They’re installing temporary pavement stickers and signage to promote the Pike District Connector, Josiah Henson Museum & Park, and nearby destinations (see below). Stickers will be placed at regular intervals along the one-mile corridor, and between Wall Local Park and the Josiah Henson Museum & Park (to direct visitors parking at Wall Park to the museum). The stickers and signage will include QR codes linking to the project’s interactive webmap.
  • Activations: They’re enlivening Wall Local Park with a pollinator garden and temporary seating and hammocks.
  • Artwork: They’re partnering with two local artists to design temporary sidewalk murals at Wall Local Park and the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Edson Lane.
  • Kickoff Events:
    • Community Bike Ride with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (10 am, Bethesda Metro Station): Starting at the Bethesda Metro Station (Wisconsin Avenue entrance), join Montgomery Planning staff and WABA for a six-mile bike ride that will follow the Bethesda Trolley Trail, traverse the Pike District Connector, and conclude at Wall Local Park for the Pike District Connector Kickoff.
    • Pike District Connector Kickoff (11 am, Wall Local Park): Check out the temporary activation and artwork installed at Wall Local Park as part of the Pike District Connector and interact with staff from the Josiah Henson Museum & Park!

Project Links:

Take the Pike District Connector survey

The Montgomery County Planning Department, is partnering with the Friends of White Flint and the Better Block Foundation to add local semi-permanent art and public seating at four main intersections along this temporary one-mile connector that will link pedestrians and bicyclists from the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail this summer.

The public has until May 28 to provide feedback through an online survey, so please take a quick moment and submit your thoughts by clicking on the survey button below.

Tomorrow night – Community Kickoff Meeting for the Pike District Connector

Wednesday, April 28, 7-8 pm

Join the Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint for a community kickoff meeting for the Pike District Connector on April 28 (7-8 pm). The Connector is a temporary, one-mile pathway on the west side of the Pike District that will link the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail. As part of this project, the Better Block Foundation will activate hubs at several intersections along the Connector with seating, artistic elements, and planters. Better Block is a nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. The Planning Department previously worked with Better Block for the White Flint Placemaking Event in 2018 and the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival in 2019.

Please register in advance (https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-community-kickoff-meeting/), a meeting link will be shared the day of the event.

Pike District Connector Community Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 7-8 pm

Join the Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint for a community kickoff meeting for the Pike District Connector on April 28 (7-8 pm). The Connector is a temporary, one-mile pathway on the west side of the Pike District that will link the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail. As part of this project, the Better Block Foundation will activate hubs at several intersections along the Connector with seating, artistic elements, and planters. Better Block is a nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. The Planning Department previously worked with Better Block for the White Flint Placemaking Event in 2018 and the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival in 2019.

Please register in advance (https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-community-kickoff-meeting/), a meeting link will be shared the day of the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Walker Freer at Walker.Freer@montgomeryplanning.org