Let’s put the park back in Little Falls Parkway!

On June 9, 2022, the Montgomery Parks Department issued a press release announcing a plan to reconfigure driving lanes on part of Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda to study “the operational effects of reducing the Parkway from four lanes to two.”  This study is a key step towards creating a permanent, linear park on the south side of Little Falls Parkway and a slower, narrower path for car traffic between Dorset Ave and Arlington Rd (one in each direction).

In 2016, Parks temporarily reduced the number of car lanes from two to one in each direction. This was in response to the death of a cyclist who died crossing the Parkway while on the Capital Crescent Trail.  This new plan could create a linear park along this stretch of Little Falls Parkway.  It would create additional safe outdoor recreation space in the Bethesda area.  Let’s show our support for the study and for a permanent road diet at the crossing of the CCTrail and the Parkway.  Use the form below to email the Parks Department, Councilmember Friedson whose district encompasses the Parkway, and the at-large Councilmembers.

On October 17, 2016, Ned Gaylin was out for a bike ride on the Capital Crescent Trail when he approached the trail crossing of Little Falls Parkway, a four lane (two car traffic lanes in each direction) boulevard road.  As Professor Gaylin, was biking through the marked crosswalk there, one lane of cars stopped.  He proceeded through the intersection and was then struck and killed by a car because of the multi-lane threat that existed at that crossing.  Within days, the Montgomery Parks Department reduced the number of car lanes to one in each direction, thus implementing a road diet eliminating that multi-lane threat to those walking and biking through that intersection.  Since 2016 there have been no fatalities at that crossing.

Parks did hold a series of meetings since the fatal crash to explore how to remake that crossing and developed ideas that would keep the crossing safe.  Almost all of those ideas retained the road diet as the most effective means of keeping the crossing safe.

After the onset of the COVID pandemic, Parks also implemented an ‘Open Parkways’ policy on Little Falls Parkway, Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway, closing parts of those Park roads to cars on the weekends.  While there has been broad support across the County for the weekend closures, some living near Little Falls Parkway have been vocal in their opposition to the closures.  Thus, the Parks Department has decided to suspend the weekend closures on Little Falls alone, while retaining the road diet near the CCTrail.  Parks simultaneously has announced the plan to study placing two lanes of car traffic (one lane in each direction as currently exists near the Trail) on one side of the Parkway median, while developing a plan for a linear park on the other side.

As advocates for safe walking and biking in Montgomery County, we should show our support for retention of the road diet on Little Falls and the creation of a linear park along Little Falls that would enhance the amount of outdoor recreation space in that area.

Montgomery County Get Out The Vote Bike Ride

Join WABA, Maryland Latin American Youth Centers, and Young People for Progress on a ride to the polls! Riders will meet between 9:30-10am at the Long Branch Community Center (8700 Piney Branch Road) where we will talk to candidates for County offices between 10:00-10:30am and raffle a $25 gift card. At 10:30am, we will ride 2.5 miles to the Silver Spring Civic Center to meet other candidates between 11:15-11:45. Then people can go vote and then have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

NEW DATE: The event will now take place on Sunday, July 10th at the same time.

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Transit reimbursement requests can be sent to kiara.williams@layc-dc.org

Schedule

10:00-10:30am – Meet Candidates at Long Branch Community Center

10:30am – Bike to the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Plaza (corner of Ellsworth and Fenton Streets)

11:15-11:45am – meet at the tables by CAVA near Fenton Street

11:45am – Vote at the Civic Center!

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MLK Ave & Good Hope Rd Safety and Connectivity Study

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a virtual public meeting to kick off a study of improving the Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr Ave intersection in historic Anacostia. DDOT wants your feedback on what barriers, safety concerns, and access issues you experience at or near this intersection, and what opportunities you see for improving traffic safety, creating better connections, and getting people where they need to go. For more information on this project please visit mlk-ghrsafetystudy.ddot.dc.gov.

In 2020, WABA partnered with Lyft and Street Plans on a community workshop centered on this intersection. Read more about the a conceptual design inspired by that workshop here.

WHAT:  MLK Ave & Good Hope Rd Safety and Connectivity Study Public Meeting

WHEN: June 8, 2022

TIME: 6:30pm

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING rebrand.ly/MLK-GHRSafetyJune8

Webinar Number: 2306 540 0573

Webinar Password: June8!

Dial-in Option (audio only): 1-202-860-2110. Access Code: 2306 540 0573. The Webex system will prompt you for an Attendee ID, this is not required. Press the # key to join the meeting

Roll to the Polls Get Out the Vote(GOTV) Bike Ride

WABA is collaborating with Ward 5 for All, Black Women Bike, Streets Calling, Saturday Night Bike Club and Ward 3 bikes to host “Roll to the Polls” Get-out-the-vote bike ride on June 11th!

During these rides, WABA will invite At-large, Ward 3 and 5 2022 primary candidates to speak to our participants. This is a major opportunity to get more face-time with candidates, highlight transportation issues this election season, and show the diversity of our movement. 

We will meet at 9:30 a.m at the SW corner of Calvert St and Connecticut Ave NW near Woodley Park Metro station (we will be on the grassy hill next to the capital bikeshare station), we then will have an opportunity to hear from some of the candidates present and ask any questions you may have. 

We will then ride to Turkey Thicket Rec Center (participants also have the option of taking Woodley Park Metro Station to Brookland Metro Station and walking 5 mins to Turkey Thicket Rec Center), where we will have an additional Q&A with the candidates present. We will wrap up at noon, and participants are invited to walk over to a nearby restaurant and have brunch with WABA staff. 

The event will go on rain or shine! Bikers aren’t made of sugar, we won’t melt in the rain!

Call and/or text if you have trouble finding the riders: 202-964-5263

Confirmed Candidates:

Erin Palmer – Council Chair Candidate 

Matt Frumin – Ward 3 Council Candidate

Eric Goulet – Ward 3 Council Candidate

Tricia Duncan – Ward 3 Council Candidate

Phil Thomas – Ward 3 Council Candidate

Benjamin Bergmann – Ward 3 Council Candidate

Zachary Parker – Ward 5 Council Candidate

Faith Gibson Hubbard – Ward 5 Council Candidate

Gordon Fletcher – Ward 5 Council Candidate

Lisa Gore – At-Large Council Candidate

Nate Bennett Fleming– At-Large Council Candidate

Additional Details: 

The bike ride will be no more than 30 mins using mostly a route that has protected bike lanes. WABA staff will be present to hand out water bottles and there are capital bike share stations at Woodley Park metro station for participants. 

If you want to participate but don’t want to bike, no problem! You can meet us at Woodley Park metro station and then take the metro station to Brookland metro to reach the second destination. 

I-495 NEXT Express Lanes Public Meeting (in-person)

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host two project update meetings on June 6 (in-person) and June 7 (virtual) to provide residents and travelers an overview of project construction and design updates. The meetings will include a virtual and in-person option, and will include a presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Project representatives from VDOT and its partners will be present at the meetings to answer questions and address comments.

This is a chance to ask questions about and reiterate the importance of the new shared-use path being built alongside I-495 from Tysons Corner to the Potomac River and across the American Legion Bridge to Maryland.

Meeting Details                                         

In-Person Meeting

Monday, June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
Langley High School Auditorium
6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean VA 22101

The project update meetings will focus on: 

  • Upcoming construction activities, including a preliminary timeline
  • Expected construction impacts
  • Project design changes and enhancements
  • New interactive map showing latest construction, designs and plans
  • Coordination with the adjacent George Washington Memorial Parkway rehabilitation project and the New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan