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The County’s long-term, comprehensive transportation plan will significantly increase spending on new roads, transit, hiker-biker trails, and pedestrian safety.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bike Ride-Along for Decision-Makers Highlights Trail Resources and Needs

Montgomery County ’s Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, in coordination with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, recently hosted a Bike Ride-Along. Participants included Planning Board Chair Françoise Carrier, County Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer and other local officials who got a first-hand look at both the pleasures and the challenges that bicycling in Montgomery County entails..

Traveling the nine-mile route between North Bethesda and Downtown Silver Spring, took riders along bikeways, roadways and trails used daily by both commuter and recreational bikers.

On average, more than 100 bicycle collisions occur each year in the County. A new Maryland law passed last fall requires motorists to give bikes three feet of space when passing. Bicyclists are no longer required to ride on the shoulder. However, if traveling at less than the speed of traffic, a bicyclist must still ride as near to the right of the roadway as practical and safe.

For more information about biking, visit the County’s website.

CATEGORIES: Bikeways
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