Support a safer, more sustainable Montgomery County

The Thrive Montgomery 2050 general plan for Montgomery County was recently passed by the Montgomery Planning Board and is now under consideration by the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee before the Council votes to adopt it.  To lower our carbon emissions and make biking and walking safer,  you can show support for this Plan that calls for enhancing our biking, walking and transit networks and plans for people not cars!

Thrive Montgomery 2050 will reduce the County’s reliance on single occupancy autos and prioritize completing safe bicycle and walking networks, especially for the majority of our trips that are under 3 miles in length.  Use the tool below to email the members of the Council to ask that they support Thrive 2050’s transportation priorities.

The transportation section of Thrive 2050 (read it in full) proposes decreasing our current dependence on single occupancy cars and calls for providing safer and increased options for walking, biking and use of transit.  The Plan calls for a cessation of planning and construction of more highways and road widening, while at the same time creating more space on our roads for biking and walking, especially to reach transit nodes.  This means narrowing car lanes, placing more dedicated lanes for transit, widening sidewalks and putting in protected bike lanes.  50% of trips people make each day are less than 3 miles. Thrive 2050’s Complete Streets approach aims to transition these from most driving  to  biking, walking and transit.

Please email the Council to share your support for the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan’s transportation priorities which prioritizes people walking and biking over cars!  You can also call your district and at-large Council Members using the phone contact information here.
To read the full Thrive 2050 Plan, see the Thrive 2050 website and review the  Coalition for Smarter Growth’s summary of the other sections here.