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: transportation

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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“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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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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Pioneer Planning

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Salt Lake Complete Streets

Source: Deseret News

Like many aspects of New Urbanism, the notion of complete streets isn’t a totally novel idea. A couple of weeks ago, the Congress for the New Urbanism held their annual conference in Salt Lake City – a city built with complete streets in mind. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, created a plat referred to as the “Plat of the City of Zion,” which laid out a comprehensive grid system for Salt Lake (and was to be used as a template for other Mormon cities).…

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What makes a good “complete streets” policy?

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The National Complete Streets Coalition identifies 10 elements of an ideal complete streets policy model:

1. Vision and intent: The policy outlines a vision for how and why the community wants to complete its streets.

2. All users and modes: The policy specifies that “all users” includes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles.…

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New parking regulations are looser, but not enough

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Montgomery County’s new zoning code will allow less parking in new developments in order to use land more efficiently and encourage alternatives to driving. However, the regulations still require parking in ways that will hinder the walkable urban places the county wants to build.

For 4 years, the Planning Department has been revising its complicated, unwieldy code, which sets rules for how buildings and neighborhoods are laid out.…

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Protect bicycle and bus lanes, protect local businesses

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We’ve written about how installing bicycle lanes can bring more customers to businesses and why dedicated lanes for Bus Rapid Transit make sense. For even more statistics on why streets should be more inclusive of pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, check out the study Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets from the NYC Department of Transportation.…

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BRT supporters turn out for public hearing, but skeptics remain

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Over 50 speakers packed the Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring last night to offer comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit network. During a hearing that lasted over 3 hours, residents debated the merits of the 10-route, 79-mile system envisioned by county planners.

A slight majority of speakers spoke in favor of the plan, saying BRT could give people a real alternative to driving and support projected population and employment growth.…

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Many questions about MoCo BRT, but the answer is yes

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There are many questions surrounding Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal, but there’s just one the Planning Board will consider next Thursday: whether we should set aside room on our main streets for public transit. The answer is decidedly yes.

It’s been 5 years since Councilmember Marc Elrich first proposed a countywide network of rapid bus routes.…

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