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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

National Bike to School Day Shatters Previous Participation Mark

From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, tens of thousands of school children across the country biked to school throughout the month of May as part of the second annual National Bike to School Day.  In all, 1,705 schools registered Bike to School Day events—80 percent more than the inaugural national event in 2012—setting a new National Bike to School Day record.

“In March, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute told the National Bike Summit that societal trends are favoring bicycling, that at this moment there is a tremendous bicycle wave rolling through America,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day. “If the success of our second annual Bike to School Day is any indication, I’d say Mr. Katz is on to something.”

For more information, see the National Center for Safe Routes to School's website.  Also see MCDOT's Safe Routes to School website for more tips on safe walking and biking to county schools.

CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Safe Routes to School
POSTED: 10:10:00 AM |

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Public Education Meetings Held on Bikeshare Program Coming to County

Photo of bikeshare bike

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) hosted three public meetings in June on the extension of the Capital Bikeshare program into Montgomery County. Bikesharing allows travelers to rent a bike from on-street stations and drop it off at other stations within the bikeshare network.

The meetings focused on selected urban centers of Montgomery County where bikesharing stations will be installed in late summer 2013. Information on bikesharing throughout the County was also available at each meeting. The meetings were held at the following locations:

  • Bikeshare in Bethesda and Friendship Heights: June 24 
    Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., 2nd Floor 
  • Bikeshare in Silver Spring and Takoma Park: June 25
    Fire Station 1, 8110 Georgia Avenue, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring; and
  • Bikeshare in Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center: June 26 Executive Office Building Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.
For more information on Bikeshare in Montgomery County, visit the new Bikeshare website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bikeshare.
CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Bikeshare
POSTED: 10:32:00 PM |

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Construction Begins on MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway Improvements

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Engineering has begun work on bikeway improvements along 13,800 linear feet of MacArthur Boulevard. This is known as Segment 2 of improvements along this bikeway corridor. Segment 2 extends from the Beltway/I-495 to Oberlin Avenue.

The contractor, Fort Myer Construction, has been on site since mid April but has now begun actual construction work.

This project is part of the Capital Improvements Program and is designated as project number 500718-2. For budget information on this or other CIP projects, visit the Office of Management and Budget's website. For more information on this and other transportation-related construction projects, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering's website.

CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Engineering
POSTED: 2:17:00 PM |

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Safe Routes to School Program completes third grant cycle

MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School program just wrapped up one of its two-year grants from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. It promotes the 3 E’s – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement – at schools.  Read More

CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Education , Enforcement , Engineering , Programs , Safe Routes to School
POSTED: 11:02:00 AM |

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Update on Selected Capital Projects Involving Pedestrian or Bicycle Infrastructure

Several new construction projects by the Division of Transportation Engineering will provide improvements to the pedestrian or bicycle infrastructure and increase walkability in Montgomery County.

Dale Drive Sidewalk from Mansfield Road to Hartford Avenue
The purpose of this project is to design and construct a new sidewalk with curb and gutter. Construction started in the fall of 2012 and contractors have recently finished relocating utilities. The projected completion date is the fall of 2013.

Greentree Road Sidewalk
The purpose of this project is to construct approximately 64,000 linear feet of concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter, residential sidewalk ramps, and extend the existing storm drain system along the north side of Greentree Road. Construction started in the fall of 2012. The projected completion date is the fall of 2013.

MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway Improvement – Segment 2
The purpose of this project is to develop final construction plans for improvements along 13,800 linear feet of MacArthur Boulevard from I-495 to Oberlin Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in late February 2013. The projected completion date is the fall of 2014.

Montrose Trail
The purpose of this project is to design and construct a hiker-biker trail in the former Rockville Facility from Tildenwood Drive to Old Farm Creek. This will connect to the hiker-biker trail constructed in association with the Montrose Parkway West project. Construction ended in the fall of 2012.

Shady Grove Metro Access Bike Path
The purpose of this project is to provide a new bikepath from Shady Grove Road along the east side of the WMATA Metro Access Road, a bikeway ramp from the new path to the existing bikeway at Crabbs Branch Way, and a signalized at-grade pedestrian/bikeway crossing on the WMATA Metro Access. Construction began in the spring of 2012. The projected completion date is the spring of 2013.

For more information on road, sidewalk, bikeway, or storm drainage projects throughout the county, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering's website or call 240.777.7223

CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Engineering
POSTED: 1:05:00 PM |

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day 2011

Bike to Work Day Logo 2011

Bike to Work Day was held on May 20, 2011. Thousands of area commuters celebrated bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work!

CATEGORIES: Bicycle Safety , Events
POSTED: 2:06:00 PM |