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


Category Archives: New Urbanism

Rockville Pike’s Neighborhood Plan from the City of Rockville

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Yeah, the City of Rockville is north of the White Flint area, but we’re joined in spirit and by Route 355 which is why I want to share the City’s recently-released plan for Route 355.  Here are some highlights (since I assume most of you don’t have time to read the 140 page report.)…

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Easy, proven ways to make it better for pedestrians

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According to Wired Magazine, if you really want to get more people walking, install lots of street furniture, make sure there are plenty of windows on the ground floors of buildings, and prioritize spaces that engage passers-by—like stores—over those that don’t—like parking lots.

To encourage people to ditch their cars and walk, commission public art, let restaurants offer outdoor dining, and invest in grand plazas.…

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3 traffic myths that just won’t die

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Thanks to Smart Cities Council, I can share three traffic myths that just won’t go away, not matter how many times folks read the facts.

1. You can help the problem by building more roads
Just building more roads or running more buses are not traffic solutions by themselves. It’s about supply and demand.…

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New Urbanism — Do You Really Understand It?

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We talk all the time about new urbanism since that is one of the bedrock principles of the Pike District. But how much do you really understand new urbanism? So grab your tablet or phone, sit outside on this lovely warm Monday, and take a quick New Urbanism 101 course with material from www.newurbanism.org

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This Week in the Washington Post — Will we have car-free lifestyles in the future?

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This week’s “In Theory” section in The Washington Post is all about car-free cities. An article in Monday’s Washington Post declared that it is time to move on from the car century. A related article suggested that Americans are ditching their cars and moving toward multi-modal transit options, including walking, cycling, and transit.  …

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Best Practices for Suburban Bicycling Planning

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The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. This firm is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.

View the  video presentation featuring Jennifer Toole on February 23.…

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Five Ways to Walkable

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Walkable — I probably use that word more than any other when describing the future of the White Flint area. (Bike-friendly, vibrant, and transit-oriented are next on the list of most used words to describe the Pike District, in case you were curious.)
But how does a community become walkable? Do you just build some pretty sidewalks and call it a day?  
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Protected Bike Lanes Get People Cycling More

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In an article on StreetsBlog, cities making the most progress on protected bike lanes are seeing bicycling rates go up. Results indicate that a substantial share of people riding in the protected lane made bike trips because of the street redesign to add a cycle track.

Hopefully the planned bike lanes in the Pike District will have a similar effect!…

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Friends of White Flint Discussed Rockville Pike at Bisnow Event

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Friends of White Flint board member Brian Downie, Senior Vice President of Saul Centers and executive director Amy Ginsburg were part of the panel on the Future of Rockville Pike at the recent Bisnow conference, the Montgomery County State of the Market.

One of the hot topics of the conference was Marriott’s search for a new headquarters.…

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Would this work in the Pike District?

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What do you think? Would polka dot curb extensions make walking safer and more attractive in the Pike District? They worked in Austin, and they aren’t there just for decoration, said Anna Martin, traffic engineer for the Austin Transportation Department. The are “designed to “give space back to the pedestrians.”

Instead of building out the curb with concrete, hey opted for a low-cost option using colorful inspiration from various parklet and pedestrian plaza projects in New York City and Los Angeles.…

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