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: Walkability

Chickens & Eggs, but with pedestrians

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One of the more frustrating elements of White Flint planning recently has been transportation planners’ proposal for renovating Old Georgetown Road, particularly as it approaches Rockville Pike.  The original proposal was that the road should, essentially, be rebuilt twice.  The first would get us halfway to a more pedestrian- and bicycling-friendly experience.  

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2013 Montgomery County Transit Trends

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The Montgomery County Planning Department recently completed their Mobility Assessment Report. This report focuses on the county’s ability to reach its mobility goals by examining county residents’ use of driving, walking, cycling and transit. The last report was completed in 2011 and planners have used an “INRIX travel-time tracking as a traffic monitoring resource over the past two years.”

Here are some of the trends that can be found in this report:

Vehicle Miles

In the county, the number of miles traveled by car has stayed the same for the past few years.…

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Can The Snow “Teach” Us About Public Space?

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During this winter season, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have received more snow than we have in the past 3 years. As we are all keenly aware, the snow causes many issues for transportation and safety.

But there may be something more positive to come out of all this snow after all.

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If We Design for Walkability, Will You Actually Walk?

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The new street and sidewalk grid that is coming to the White Flint district will bring many positive features to our area. The grid is designed around the beneficial walkability elements that we hope to encourage residents to follow throughout the region. These development projects and road projects use various walkability strategies that work for many areas across the world but the success of the new White Flint district really comes down to the question of whether people will actually walk or bike around the new projects, sidewalks, and bike lanes being built.…

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The 20-Minute Neighborhood

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What if you could reach everything you could possibly need within 20 minutes of leaving your front door?  This is a movement that is stretching across the globe – from Melbourne, Australia, to Portland, Oregon – and is exactly what we’re talking about for little ol’ White Flint, Maryland.  A 20-minute neighborhood offers food, schools, parks and transit within a short walk from your home.  

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“Road Diets” in NYC

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As Mayor Bill De Blasio begins his role as Mayor of New York City, people are now examining all the changes the last mayor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, brought to the city.

Bloomberg and his staff succeeding in changing the built environment of New York City to better the safety and well-being of its residents.…

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Why is the U.S. More Car-Dependent than Europe?

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Car-centric travel was once the model every city, town, and country wanted to follow. In the height of motorization, the U.S. became the role model for the rest of the world for car production and travel. This gave room for other parts of the world to develop other strong modes of transportation.

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Safe Streets Act of 2014

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On February 7th, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014 (S. 2004) to the U.S. Senate, “which would require all new federally-funded transportation projects use a Complete Streets approach to planning, designing and building roads,” says Craig Chester.

The bill will create standards for federally funded streets and roads to ensure stronger road/traffic safety and more accessibility for all types of transportation, whether that be a car, bus, bike, or foot.

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What is “Driving” New York and D.C. to have the Smallest Share of Cars?

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In our effort to make White Flint a walkable community, we like to find examples of trends or models throughout the United States and globally from which we can learn. Recently, it seems many other urban areas around the United States are also noticing a trend in their communities, declining presence of cars as their main means of transportation.…

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The Power of Walkability: A Town’s Million Pound Loss

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TED Talks recently released a video from April 2013 of Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City, discussing the healthy transformation his city recently experienced. Mayor Cornett speaks about how his city, once named by Men’s Health Magazine as one of the fattest cities in America, was able to lose a collective million pounds through the use of a few strategies.…

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