- an impressive, 1,000+ mile, low-stress bicycle network of new protected bike lanes, trails, and quiet neighborhood streets, which will comfortably connect bicyclists of all ages and abilities to the places they need to go;
- new low-stress bikeways concentrated around urban areas, transit stops, schools, libraries, and county services so that a bicycle is the first choice for short trips;
- a network of high-capacity “Breezeways” between major destinations that allows people on bikes to cross longer distances with fewer delays, where all users – including slower moving bicyclists and pedestrians – can safely and comfortably travel together;
- new design guidelines for high quality, safe, and accessible protected bike lanes, trails and intersections;
- new programs and staff positions to build out the network, support people who bike and encourage more people to give it a try;
- abundant and secure, long-term bicycle parking facilities near Metro, Purple Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and MARC stations;
- and rigorous metrics to evaluate the county’s progress in carrying out the plan.
Last week, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to adopt a new Bicycle Master Plan for the County. This vote is the culmination of more than three years of intensive analysis, public engagement, and advocacy. By adopting this plan, the Council endorsed a dramatic shift in the County’s goals and approach to growing bicycling, committing MoCo to a convenient, inclusive, and low-stress bicycling future! While its broad strokes are similar to bicycle plans from neighboring cities and counties, the new Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan is in a league of its own due to its analytical rigor, its commitment to promoting bicycling for people of all ages and skill levels, and its ambitious countywide vision. The plan aims to make bicycling a convenient, safe and popular option in every community, a strong complement to transit, and a joyful part of everyday life. To achieve its goals, the plan is packed with network maps of new bicycle infrastructure, new bicycle-friendly policies and programs, and so much more. Here are some of the highlights. It calls for:
July 11 Update: The record will remain open until August 24th for comments on the Bicycle Master Plan. The Council’s Transportation & Environment Committee will review the plan and comments in depth at a worksession on September 17. Montgomery County is one step away from adopting the most innovative and rigorous bicycle master plan in the country. But we need you to help us push it over the line! On Tuesday, July 10, the County Council will hold the final hearing on the plan. And based on what they hear, the Council will make final changes and vote to adopt it. This plan will guide the next 25 years of bicycle planning and construction in Montgomery County, so this is a pivotal moment for biking in the county.
- an extensive, 1,000 mile, low-stress bicycle network of new protected bike lanes, trails, and quiet neighborhood streets, which will comfortably connect bicyclists of all ages and abilities to the places they need to go;
- a network of high-capacity “breezeways” between activity centers that allows people on bikes to travel with fewer delays, where all users – including slower moving bicyclists and pedestrians – can safely and comfortably coexist.
- new design standards for safe and accessible protected bike lanes, trails and intersections;
- new programs to build out the network, support people who bike and encourage more people to give it a try;
- Abundant and secure, long-term bicycle parking facilities near Metro and MARC stations;
- And rigorous metrics to evaluate the county’s progress in carrying out the plan.
Bike Master Plan Council Hearing Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 pm Council Office Building (Third-floor hearing room) 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, 20850Sign up to testify by July 10 at 10 am and reply to let us know that you will be there. If possible, email a written copy of your testimony in advance of the hearing by email to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov. Read the full plan here and the proposed network here.
Bicycle Master Plan. This is your chance to share your ideas on needed bicycle connections and help shape the future bicycle network. At five meetings around the county, staff will present their vision for a quality, low-stress network that will get tens of thousands of residents where they need to go safely and conveniently by bicycle. Though pieces of the network have been released, this is the first time we get to see the future bike network in its entirety. Come look at the maps and let staff know what you like and what is missing. Each meeting will run from 4 pm – 8:30 pm, consisting of an open house from 4 – 7 pm and a presentation and Q&A from 7:15 – 8:30 pm.If you could make one improvement for better bicycling in Montgomery County, what would it be? Would you add a new trail along a major highway or create a protected bike lane to your local grocery store? Would you connect Metro to nearby neighborhoods or stitch together a web of protected bike lanes in the county’s dense urban centers? In June, the Montgomery Planning Department is hosting meetings to get your feedback on the draft network maps for the updated
|Meeting 1 Tuesday, June 6 | 4 pm – 8:30 pm Planning Department Headquarters 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring RSVP||Meeting 2 Thursday, June 8 | 4 pm – 8:30 pm Bethesda Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda RSVP|
|Meeting 3 Monday, June 12 | 4 pm – 8:30 pm Olney Library 3500 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Olney RSVP||Meeting 4 Wednesday, June 14 | 4 pm – 8:30 pm UpCounty Regional Services Center 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown RSVP|
|Meeting 5 Thursday, June 22 | 4 pm – 8:30 pm Marilyn J. Praisner Library 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville RSVP|
Watch out DC, watch out Arlington! Montgomery County is making big plans to become a national leader in low stress bike networks. With committed political leadership, ambitious goals, and effective collaboration between planners, engineers, and developers Montgomery County is poised to catch up quickly!