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: Road Construction

MCDOT wants Saul Centers to scale their project back

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Yesterday, BethesdaNow.com reported that the Maryland State Highway Administration and the County Department of Transportation have expressed concern about Saul Center’s proposed project on Rockville Pike.  The redevelopment of the Metro-Pike Plaza would offer three mixed-use buildings on the west side of Rockville Pike, between Nicholson Lane and Marinelli Drive.  Woodglen Drive is slated to extend north, between the Saul Property and The Grand apartment building to connect with Marinelli.

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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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Timeline: White Flint’s new street grid

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First in an occasional series looking at how the new White Flint will come together.

The White Flint Sector Plan calls for a new street grid, which will relieve congestion on Rockville Pike and provide more ways to walk, bike, or drive around White Flint. While many of the new streets will be built by private developers, like at Pike + Rose and North Bethesda Center, Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will be responsible for much of the heavy lifting.…

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Updates from the Implementation Advisory Committee, Oct. 21 2013

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The Implementation Advisory Committee met again this Monday to discuss updates on what’s happening in the area. About half of the meeting was focused on an amendment to the Pike and Rose phase I plan – we’ll have more on that soon. For now, here are general updates from the meeting:

Nkosi Yearwood from the Planning Department updated the group on the Marinelli bike lanes.  …

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Bike Share in the Suburbs? Yes!

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Last month, Montgomery County was proud to welcome Capital Bikeshare across the District border and into our communities.  Encouraging bicycling is new for our area, which is not known for having streets friendly to multiple modes of transportation.  With this important first step, County residents are offered a different choice for getting around.…

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Taking away lanes for bikes is not bad for business

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Even if you agree that bike lanes make everyone feel safer and that businesses benefit by being near them, you still may have concerns when installing bike lanes means taking lanes away from parking or travel lanes for cars (otherwise known as a “road diet”). However, University of Washington student Kyle Rowe decided to examine what happened to retail sales in two different neighborhoods in Seattle when bike lanes were installed at the expense of travel lanes for cars or parking.…

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“Always on the defensive”: A cyclist on biking in White Flint

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For White Flint to become a great urban place, it needs a great pedestrian and bicycle network. But today, it’s not always an easy place to get around by foot or bike. Recently, I had an e-mail interview with Mary Ward, a White Flint resident and cyclist who has become an advocate for better pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.…

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Will Bicyclists Feel Safe in White Flint?

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Throughout our discussions of the proposed road design for White Flint, we have noted that concerns remain about whether the roads will appropriately accommodate all users.  This includes bicyclists.

Jack Cochrane of MoBike, the Montgomery Bicycle Advocates, weighed in on the new road design.  He believes we can do better and notes that, “at most a third of the business streets in the White Flint Sector Plan will have any sort of bike accommodations.” He also points out the potential conflicts this may cause : “Without bike accommodations, cyclists will either have to ride single file with cars or use the right lane of a busy multi-lane street (or use the sidewalk). …

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A Letter from Councilmember Berliner on the western workaround

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Councilmember Roger Berliner wrote the following letter to Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Arthur Holmes regarding the 35% design for White Flint’s streets. You can read the text below, or view the PDF here: Councilmember Berliner WF Letter to Director Holmes 6-18-13.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ROGER BERLINER

CHAIR, TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY, & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

June 18, 2013

Dear Director Holmes,

Thank you and other members of the Administration for agreeing to host a meeting with developers,
your staff, and state transportation officials to discuss the western workaround road network for the
White Flint Sector Plan.…

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White Flint biennial report transmitted to Council and County Executive

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Last Thursday, June 13, the Planning Board approved transmittal of the White Flint Biennial Report to the Council and County Executive. This report is required as part of the monitoring requirements of the sector plan to evaluate which goals are being met and which are harder to achieve, as well as what improvements should be incorporated into the county’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget.…

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