MCDOT Wins Grants for Four Bikeshare Stations

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received a Bikeways Grant Award from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Bikeways Program to install four bikeshare stations along the Bethesda Trolley Trail. The award of $269,834 will fund final design, purchase and installation of the stations that will connect existing bikeshare in Bethesda with new grant- funded stations to be installed in White Flint and Twinbrook in the spring of 2018.

This is the MCDOT’s third Bikeways Grant Award. The first grant was used to create a Wheaton Bikeshare network and the second grant will be used for the White Flint and Twinbrook stations.

The First Great Montgomery County Bike Summit

Montgomery County is home to many bikers, including a rapidly increasing number of individuals who use biking as their means for transportation.  Greater Greater Washington recently highlighted Rockville for prioritizing a strong and connected bicycle infrastructure across the city.  The city of Rockville has 34.3 miles of separated bikeways and 33.5 miles of shared lane designations. It also, with the help of the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC), built the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, which is a “multi-use path connects together a number of neighborhoods and parallels several major roads that would scare off all but the most experienced cyclists.”

In addition, Rockville is putting forth a 2014 Bikeway Master Plan that will create 24.5 more miles of dedicated bikeway and 18 more miles of shared lanes over the next 10 years. This is an updated plan from the 2004 Bikeway Master Plan. RBAC and other concerned citizens have allowed bicycle infrastructure to flourish in Rockville, but this bicycle infrastructure is missing in many other parts of Montgomery County.  The county recently launched the Capital Bikeshare program with 50 planned stations throughout, but residents and the county need to figure out how to connect these resources with built infrastructure.

This “Great Montgomery County Bike Summit” will provide an opportunity for residents to express their needs and wants from the county regarding bicycle infrastructure. Through this summit, the hope is to find ways to incorporate next-gen bicycle facilities and to make the Capital Bikeshare successful throughout the county. Organized by Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (MoBike), the summit will take place this Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Jane Lawton Recreation Center in Chevy Chase from 9:15 am to 12 noon. The Jane Lawton Recreation Center is located at 4301 Willow Lane in Chevy Chase.

The schedule of the event is as follows:

9:15am – 10:00am
Family Bike Ride from Silver Spring to Bethesda along the Capital Crescent Trail, starting at Tastee Diner in Silver Spring.

10:00am – 10:10am
Introductory Remarks from Councilmember Hans Riemer

What are the most urgent needs to improve biking generally in Montgomery County?

10:10am – 10:30am
Presentations from Shane Farthing (WABA) and Dave Anspacher (M-NCPPC)

10:30am – 11:00am
Moderated Panel Discussion
Shane Farthing (WABA)
Dave Anspacher (M-NCPPC)
Fred Lees (MCDOT)
Pat Shepherd (MCDOT)
Jack Cochrane (MoBike)

11:00am – 11:10am
Coffee Break

How can we best ensure the success of Bikeshare in Montgomery County?

11:10am – 11:30am
Presentations from Anne Root (MCDOT) and Paul DeMaio (Metrobike LLC)

11:30am – 12:00pm
Moderated Panel Discussion
Shane Farthing (WABA)
Anne Root (MCDOT)
Paul DeMaio (Metrobike LLC)

12:00pm
Closing remarks from Councilmember Roger Berliner

 

 

For more information and to RSVP for the event, click here.