One of the trickiest parts of the implementation of the new White Flint Sector Plan will be “Neighborhood Mobility Balance.” How do you provide access for all nearby residents to the wonders of the new White Flint, while protecting those communities against congestion and cut-through traffic?
It’s a question we, and others, asked the Montgomery County Council during its consideration of the Plan, and the Council responded with sensitivity and concern. Yet much remains to be done to turn those hopes and concerns into concrete action.
Early on in the four-year development of the White Flint Plan, supporters turned to Glatting Jackson, an internationally-renowned mobility consulting firm, which sent us Ian Lockwood to help. Ian proposed the overall “robust street network,” which should take pressure off Rockville Pike, and the “median transitway” proposal to remake Rockville Pike itself.
Ian Lockwood and White Flint road network
at May 2009 Friends of White Flint event
Glatting Jackson “median transitway” proposal for Rockville Pike
Ian is also a renowned expert on “traffic calming” and other methods of balancing the mobility interests of neighborhoods. So Friends of White Flint has arranged for Ian Lockwood and Glatting Jackson to return to White Flint on May 13-14 to work on implementing the White Flint Sector Plan.
On May 13, from 7:30 to 10PM, Ian will hold an open meeting with residents to discuss this Neighborhood Mobility Balance. His presentation will focus on “best practices” solutions used around the world, and he will be available for questions and discussion of individual community issues throughout the evening. The meeting will be held at the offices of Federal Realty Investment Trust, 1626 E. Jefferson in Rockville, the site of several earlier charettes on White Flint. The meeting is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.
More information is available at the FoWF Town Hall website:
Ian will also be meeting with community groups, bicycle advocates, and County planners, for one-on-one discussions of individual problems and “best practices” solutions. These meetings will take place during the day on May 13 and 14. A tentative schedule is available on-line.
We invite everyone to participate in this second White Flint Town Hall.