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: Traffic Calming

Public health professionals support complete streets

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We’re big fans of complete streets, and the American Public Health Association agrees that policies that make streets safe and accessible for all users are necessary. Check out their two page fact sheet on complete streets for a good reminder of why we need these policies in White Flint. Here are some important statistics APHA highlights:

  • In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were struck and killed by motor vehicles, accounting for 11.4% of all transportation-related fatalities.
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The benefits of “Active Travel” illustrated

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Active Living Research is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that aims to promote daily physical activity, in part by advocating for changes in the way many of our communities and transportation networks are currently formed. They recently released this infographic that shows how choices in how we get around affect our health and safety.…

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Speak up when you’re stuck in traffic

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Our area has the worst traffic in the nation – and now you can let your U.S. Representative and Senators know that you want real solutions to this problem, every time you’re stuck in traffic.  Building America’s Future, which lobbies for more infrastructure spending, recently released the I’m Stuck app.…

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White Flint’s future depends on “complete streets”

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The future of White Flint as a new downtown for Rockville Pike depends on whether people can get around safely and easily, no matter what mode of transportation they use. One way to make that happen is with “complete streets,” which are often described as streets designed for people of all ages and abilities traveling on foot, bike, by car or transit.…

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail shows way for White Flint

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Getting around White Flint by foot or bike today is difficult. Despite plans to create a new pedestrian and bicycle network in the area, how do you coax people onto the streets that were primarily built for driving? A new trail network in Indianapolis gives us a path to follow.…

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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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Notes from the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee

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The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee, a body established by the Planning Board, met on Monday, May 13th.  Below are notes of the most salient points of discussion:

**  Rose Krasnow, interim director of the Planning Department, made a rare appearance at the meeting.  Also present was Ramona Bell-Pearson from the County Executive’s office and representatives from the county Department of Transportation.  

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MetroMinuto: A guide to where you can walk in minutes

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Pontevedra, a city in northwest Spain, had a problem. As the capital of its province, county and municipality, Pontevedra was attracting a ton of automobile traffic. The solution? Eduardo Ares explains on the Polis blog that instead of constructing wider roads, “They widened sidewalks, established a free bike-lending service, installed speed bumps and set a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour throughout the city,” adding that in some sections of the city any form of motor transport is prohibited.…

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Things to consider when you’re stuck in your car

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We’ve posted before about how per capita vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) in the United States has been decreasing (here is another article that also explains this trend with some excellent visuals, one of which is posted below).

 

US VMT projections

Source: http://tcsidewalks.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-does-peak-vmt-mean-for-twin-cities.html

Nevertheless, despite these trends that say people are driving less, we’re still fighting for quality transit in White Flint (and the rest of the county).…

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The Problem with STROADs

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In a recent post from Better! Cities & Towns, Charles Marohn explains the many problems with STROADS, or street-road hybrids. Streets and roads have different purposes: streets have a smaller scale, feature many uses and should accommodate multiple modes of transportation (particularly walking), while roads are primarily meant to move vehicles quickly from one place to another.…

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