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

Reminders of why we need complete streets

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In early October the National Complete Streets Coalition held their first ever National Walking Summit, where community leaders from around the country came together to share ideas on policies, design guidelines, advocacy techniques and other tools that support walking.

Take a look at this PowerPoint from the Summit, which highlights some of the basic reasons why we need more complete streets in White Flint and beyond!…

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An update on Pike and Rose

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As mentioned before, much of the October Implementation Advisory Committee meeting focused on an amendment to the plan for Federal Realty’s Pike and Rose development. The first phase of Pike and Rose is well underway, with residences slated to open in the spring of next year and retail in the fall.…

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Introducing the White Flint timeline

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The White Flint Sector Plan set out a vision for turning the strip malls and parking lots along Rockville Pike into a new downtown, but it could take decades to execute. What we have today are pieces of a city floating in a suburban sea: a few towers, a handful of blocks that are actually nice to walk on, an occasional bike lane.…

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Walkable neighborhoods: building community and social capital

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A study from the University of New Hampshire demonstrates that walkable neighborhoods enhance one’s quality of life, specifically one’s social capital. Social capital is defined in the study as “a measure of an individual’s or group’s networks, personal connections, and community involvement, brings benefits such as reduced isolation, career connections, and neighborhood safety.”

Researchers compared different neighborhoods in New Hampshire and surveyed 700 residents, asking them the number of locations they could walk to in order to determine that neighborhood’s level of walkability.…

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Children living in smart growth neighborhoods get more exercise

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A study from the University of California, Berkeley found that children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, which include parks/green space and encourage active travel, get 46% more moderate or vigorous physical activity than children who live in conventionally designed neighborhoods. This number translates to about 10 more minutes of physical activity each day.…

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Pike + Rose moves closer to completion

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Today, the Montgomery County Planning Board reviews plans for a second phase of Pike + Rose. Meanwhile, the first phase of the new urban neighborhood at Rockville Pike and Montrose Road inches closer to completion.

When finished, Pike + Rose will have housing, offices, shops and restaurants, a high-end movie theatre, and a hotel, along with several public open spaces.…

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Better ways to get to school: are we there yet?

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Part of Reconnecting America’s report Are We There Yet? sheds light on how children (and their parents) get to daycare and school, and the ramifications of these options – or lack thereof. In a section titled “Safe Routes to School,” the authors explain that only 13 percent of children walk or bike to school today, compared to nearly 50% in 1969; parents cited schools being far away, traffic safety, and crime as major concerns.…

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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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Australian government says bike riders save $21 on every commute

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The economy benefits by more than $21 [about $19 USD] every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 [about $7.50 USD] each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work, according to a policy statement released by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.”

Why is Australia focused on the cost of commuting?…

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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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