For years cyclists were promised a spectacular 18-mile hiker-biker trail from Gaithersburg to Laurel along the Intercounty Connector highway. But now the state says building the trail is up to Montgomery County, and Montgomery County planners want to cut the trail into pieces. WABA is now working with other local groups like Montgomery Bicycle Advocates on making sure the trail segments along the ICC are connected into a coherent whole.
The State Highway Administration is redesigning several roads to handle more cars in preparation for the consolidation of jobs at the Naval Medical Center as part of BRAC, and the early word is that their plans are likely to make conditions worse for bikes -- and prevent improvements for bicycles in the future. WABA is working to ensure that master planned bike facilities are included in the new design.
Our organization supported the creation of a bike and pedestrian bridge over Georgia Avenue and a tunnel beneath East-West Highway for the Met Branch Trail in Silver Spring. This recommendation has since been adopted by the county as their preferred alternative. However, since the plan was selected in 2006 all work has ground to a halt. We urge the county to begin phase II of the project using existing facility planning dollars, and to begin to identify additional funding for the construction of the trail.
WABA wants to thank Rails to Trails and the Coca-Cola Foundation for their support of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
The Montgomery County Planning Board is updating its plans for the White Flint area of Rockville Pike. Local developers have joined together to develop the area in a way that makes Rockville Pike more transit, pedestrian and bike friendly. The Planning Board has presented revised plans for the area that lack dedicated bike facilities along the Pike, but a consulting firm hired by the developers has developed an amazing vision for the Pike that WABA fully supports.
Even if the engineering efforts to design and construct on-road bike facilities and multi-use paths are successful, efforts should be made to educate County residents on how to take advantage of such facilities in a safe and enjoyable manner. Throughout the Washington region, in-school bike and pedestrian safety education programs, and confident city cycling classes for adults, encourage the use of bicycles for transportation and recreation. New federal transportation dollars, both in 402 safety funds and through the new Safe Routes to School program, can be tapped.
The Capital Crescent Trail is an incredibly popular 8 mile rail-trail connecting Georgetown in Washington, DC to Downtown Bethesda. Annual the trail has over 1 million users. Currently, the connection to Downtown Silver Spring is unpaved and incomplete. This trail must be complete with a dedicate bike way with a connection to the new Silver Spring Transit Center and to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. When complete, the Capital Crescent and Metropolitan Branch Trail will a 20 mile continuous bikeway circulating around the northern area of Washington DC and southern Montgomery County.
MoBike (Montgomery Bicycle Advocates)
MoBike is a bicyclists' advocacy group that often works closely with WABA
Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7 - 9 pm
Meetings alternate between Gaithersburg & Rockville
Montgomery County Bike Coordinator
Position not filled
MD State Bike Coordinator
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