Tag Archives: Traffic Calming
Comments Off on Why Bicycling is Good for Business
Bicycling provides positive health and economic impacts beyond just the cyclist, a recent post from Tanya Snyder of Streetsblog Capitol Hill reports. How so?
When bike lanes were installed in both New York and San Francisco streets, business owners said that they saw an increase in business. When you are on your bike, traveling at a reduced speed, you are more likely to notice what’s in the shop.… Read More
Comments Off on Rent Your Car With RelayRides
We’re all about walkability and promoting transit use, but we also know that there are some times when you just need a car. However, you can help White Flint become more sustainable and build our community by renting your car to (or from) your neighbors using RelayRides.
RelayRides connects car owners with local people who need (or want) access to a private vehicle for a short amount of time.… Read More
Comments Off on Growing MoCo’s tree canopy has health, economic rewards
Trees are an important part of any urban environment, providing shade, oxygen, and even calming traffic. Of course, they’re also great to look at. As a result, protecting and expanding Montgomery County’s tree canopy has been a growing issue in recent months.
A study done by the University of Vermont for the Montgomery County Planning Department found that while half of the county is covered by trees, the county’s urban areas have a much smaller tree canopy.… Read More
Comments Off on CLATR On the Rooftops
(Sigh, yes, that obvious holiday cliche was used last night, and I apologize for repeating it)
At its second meeting last night, the new White Flint Implementation Committee heard from Dan Hardy, head of “Vision” and transportation planner extraordinaire for the Montgomery Planning Board, about transportation issues in the new White Flint and the new CLATR transportation review process.… Read More
Comments Off on Missing Link in Pedestrian Deaths
Today’s Washington Post has a very good article by Ashley Halsey III on “Few Common Themes in Pedestrian Deaths.” The article reports on similarities between recent fatal pedestrian accidents throughout the D.C. area.
(Near the site of Sunday’s fatal accident on Rockville Pike)
Although overall highway fatalities are substantially down over the last 50 years, the result of better automobile engineering, the levels of pedestrian deaths from car impacts “has inched down stubbornly.” You just can’t engineer stronger people.… Read More
Comments Off on The Tao of Traffic — Lessons from the 2010 White Flint
“Traffic calming” sometimes seems like a misnomer; it just makes people mad, like drivers who honk when they go over speed bumps. But I just spent two days sitting at the feet of a traffic calming master, Ian Lockwood of Glatting Jackson, and learned that I was wrong. Or at least sadly out-of-date (which doesn’t surprise my kids).… Read More
Fresh from yesterday’s interesting Montgomery County Council discussion of the failed car speed tests, I received a leaked copy of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s proposed replacement. McDoT will announce the new policy this afternoon. The explanatory memo can be found here:
The new Transportation Policy Area Review will replace the existing Policy Area Mobility Review (PAMR) and Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) tests.… Read More
Comments Off on Desperately Seeking a Problem to Justify Keeping the Car Speed Tests Alive a Little Longer
At its meeting on Tuesday, April 27, the Montgomery County Council will, yet again, consider whether White Flint’s transformation from an asphalt-covered, strip shopping mall-dominated, overhead wire-topped suburb into a pedestrian-friendly, sustainable, transit-oriented community should be halted because someone, somewhere in the County can’t drive fast enough.
I’ve posted about this before.… Read More
Comments Off on Car Speed Amendment Back Yet Again, But Maybe Not
As discussed in several prior posts, the staff of the Montgomery County Council has been trying frantically to block development in White Flint if intersections outside White Flint are slowed. These “car-speed-through-intersections” tests have plagued the White Flint Sector Plan throughout its four-year development.
The basic conflict is that White Flint is a pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented area, yet its growth would be blocked if cars cannot go fast enough through area intersections.… Read More
Movie monsters sometimes rise from the grave to attack again and again and again. The mythical monster Hydra was said to grow two heads for each one defeated. Fading celebrities and politicians appear on Dancing With the Stars or Celebrity Apprentice.
And those pesky car-oriented tests that so bedevilled the development of the White Flint Sector Plan have appeared again to attack the Plan, even after it was approved by the Montgomery County Council last month. … Read More