Yesterday, hundreds of WABA members and supporters in Montgomery County contacted Montgomery County DOT Director Art Holmes asking for the filling of the vacant Bicycle Coordinator position. The position has been vacant for three months, and MCDOT indicated an intention to leave the position unfilled, with bike program responsibilities dispersed among existing staff.
Director Holmes contacted WABA with a commitment to fill the vacant position. In his note Director Holmes said Aruna Miller has been assigned to serve as the full-time Acting Bicycle Coordinator until the vacancy is filled. The appointment is expected in the summer of 2012.
With the glow of the largest Bike to Work Day in history still shining and the recent announcement of bikesharing coming to Montgomery County, it is time for Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to get serious about supporting the growth of bicycling. Committing to rehiring the Bicycle Coordinator position is a very positive step in the right direction!
With the coming of bikeshare to numerous locations in the county, as well as several major trail and infrastructure projects in the works, sufficient staffing is critical to keeping the bike program moving forward.
WABA would like to express our appreciation to Director Holmes for his commitment and for addressing our concerns in a timely manner. We look forward to working MCDOT to create a more bicycle friendly Montgomery County.