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Affordable Protected Bike Lanes

From Greater Greater Washington and Spin

As a StreetsBlog USA’s says, “The delineators most of our cities use to separate vulnerable road users from car traffic…kinda suck. The COVID-19 era is the perfect time to think outside the box and find something better.” Build a Better Barrier contest was sponsored by micromobility company Spin in response to the surge in active transportation during the coronavirus pandemic. 

An ultra-affordable bike lane made out of recycled car tires by WeClaim won first place. It’s environmentally-friendly, too. Spin says the WeClaim design will be made available for free to communities, and will need little more than “a simple template, [a few] used tire[s], a few basic hardware store parts, common tools, and a bit of elbow grease” to install and maintain.

Here are some other ideas:

“The Chain” Bike Lane Delineator, designed by team Culture House lead by Aaron Grenier, features a bike lane shielded from car and bus traffic by a large, waist-high lane delineator that resembles a large bicycle chain. The links in the chain form the barrier while the pins of the chain are anchored into the ground.
The Streetbloc, designed by Dayton Crites, features a protected lane, shielded from car traffic by a waist-high barrier made out of neon pink-and-orange blocks that resemble Legos. 
The Saris “Wave” delineator is one of a tiny handful of road barriers that both provide meaningful protection to the vulnerable *and* aren’t hideous to look at.
“The WAVE” bike lane barrier creates high-comfort bike facilities, is easy to implement, and is highly customizable. The modular design of the WAVE allows other features to be easily added to the bike lane, such as intersection foot rests, breaks for accessible parking or bus stops, and planters.

Check out the plans for the separated bike lanes on Marinelli

Approximately sixty people attended last night’s very informative community meeting. Over the next few days, we’ll share with you the presentations that folks from MCDOT made on various topics.

Today we share the presentation on the separated bike lanes on Marinelli Road from Nebel to Rockville Pike. This project will add .4 miles of one way 5 feet- to 6 feet- wide separated bike lanes. (Click the slide to enlarge.)

Planning Board to Consider the White Flint Master Bike Plan This Afternoon

Today at 1:00 pm the Montgomery Planning Board will consider the White Flint Master Bike Plan. There will be a work session on the White Flint Separated Bike Lanes Draft Plan  Today the Planning Board will receive stakeholder input and provide feedback on the Draft White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network. 

The Separated Bike Lanes Draft Plan is a comprehensive document that shows how we can … without adding extra width to roads or without eliminating and lanes … include cycle tracks that make it safe, convenient and easy for folks to ride their bikes around the Pike District.  Imagine being able to quickly and safely jump on your bike to meet a friend for coffee, catch a red line train, or pick up that special spice you need to create tonight’s culinary masterpiece.  You won’t need to dodge traffic or parked cars or pedestrians with separated bike lanes. The separated bike lanes will, in the vernacular of the Planning Board, permit “low stress biking” for all ages and levels of biking experience.

White Flint Separated Bicycle Plan

White Flint Separated Bicycle Plan

We agree that the modifications suggested by MCDOT in regards to the Western Workaround ought to be part of the plan. The Western Workaround is too far down the line to insert separated bike lanes.  (There will be bike paths, though, so bike riders are pretty much taken care of.) Adding separated bike lanes at this point would be close to impossible, requiring years of tax-payer funded work to be tossed out the window and for the Western Workaround to be unacceptably delayed. The MCDOT modifications state:

“As of October 2015, The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has two projects either under contract for construction or nearing design completion, consistent with the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, as of the publication of this document. The recommendations for separated bike lanes along the following four segments are expressed with the understanding from MCDOT that the associated active projects are not able to incorporate the facilities as proposed within this document without significant delays and greatly increased costs due to complete redesign, which also requires changes in current State Highway Administration policy. For these four segments, MCDOT has indicated that they will continue to proceed under the direction of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. The facilities proposed by this document for these four segments will be implemented under separated projects at a future time.”