Tag Archives: Walkability
Comments Off on Where do Montgomery’s car-free residents live?
Like many suburban communities built after World War II, Montgomery County developed based on the assumption that everyone would have a car. However, many households have just one, or none at all. While some are in the county’s urban centers, a surprising number are in very car-dependent places.
According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, a sort of annual census, there are over 374,000 households in Montgomery County, and 91.8% of them have cars.… Read More
Comments Off on Walkability Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity
We’ve talked about the benefits of making White Flint more walkable, and less car-oriented, for several different populations: for young adults, for seniors, and for young families. Why not close the loop and show that this international trend does, in fact, benefit everyone?
The Atlantic Cities recently published a report highlighting how suburban sprawl is a factor contributing to childhood obesity. … Read More
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.… Read More
Comments Off on Complete streets should include room for strollers
We’ve written multiple times about how aspects of New Urbanism, such as walkable neighborhoods close to transit and smaller housing units without a huge lawn to maintain, appeals to many Millennials and Baby Boomers alike. It may be easier to understand how this lifestyle appeals to young adults without children and empty-nesters.… Read More
Comments Off on Indianapolis Cultural Trail shows way for White Flint
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.… Read More
Comments Off on A Letter from Councilmember Berliner on the western workaround
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
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, Read More
your staff, and state transportation officials to discuss the western workaround road network for the
White Flint Sector Plan.…
Comments Off on Want better streets in White Flint? Tell the governor, says MCDOT
White Flint’s future as an urban place depends on a street network that welcomes people on foot and bike, not just in cars, and roads that are pleasant to spend time in, not just move through. But Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation may not make getting there easy.
On Monday, MCDOT representatives gave a presentation to the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee about the Western Workaround, a network of new streets on the west side of Rockville Pike.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint needs a connected bike network
With Capital Bikeshare on its way to Montgomery County, local officials are looking at ways to to improve the county’s bike network. White Flint won’t be seeing the bright red bikes anytime soon, but it’s still a good opportunity to look at how the Sector Plan will accommodate bicyclists.
County officials envision the new White Flint as a place where people can get around not just by car, but by foot, bike and transit as well.… Read More
Comments Off on New parking regulations are looser, but not enough
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.… Read More
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.… Read More