Earlier this summer, the Maryland State Highway Administration began a temporary experiment by installing a protected bike lane on MD-193/University Boulevard, between Amherst and Arcola Ave, in Wheaton. But now that the pilot period is over, SHA intends to remove the lanes on November 14, 2021. We need to act now to insist that SHA keep the protected bike lanes in place permanently!
From everything that we’ve seen, the changes on University Blvd have been a tremendous success. The lanes have made it more comfortable to bike and walk on this stretch of University Blvd, increasing safe access to transit and slowing traffic to the speed limit without creating congestion. The SHA should make these lanes permanent and extend them further east and west to bring these benefits to a wider set of users.
To show support for this pilot project, the first of its kind on a Maryland State Highway, send a note to the project team, urging MDOT SHA to continue the pilot indefinitely and to extend the protected bike lanes to a longer stretch of University Boulevard. Make a comment on MDOT SHA’s web site for this project by clicking here.
Here are some helpful points you can make in your own words:
I have loved how safe it is to ride my bike along these lanes
I am now able to use University Boulevard to safely bike/walk to restaurants, retail shopping, and other amenities in downtown Wheaton
Please extend the pilot indefinitely. Do not remove the lanes.
Extend the bike lanes permanently eastward past MD-29/Colesville Road
I love that there is now a safe connection between the Sligo Creek Trail and downtown Wheaton
For the first time, I feel safe walking on the sidewalk along University Boulevard
It is much easier now for Northwood High School students to safely bike and walk to school
I am more likely to bike/walk to the outdoor dining area in Wheaton
It is safer for me to access bus stops along University Boulevard
You can learn more about this project on the SHA project page. Thanks for taking action by writing in support of this vital project!
DC’s Ward 3, especially west of Wisconsin Ave, has a serious lack of safe and low-stress options for making trips by bike. But the District Department of Transportation has some big plans for a whole bike network, starting with a 1.7 mile corridor on New Mexico, Tunlaw, and 37th stretching from Nebraska Ave to Whitehaven Parkway in Burleith.
Last night, the neighborhood commission for 3D, which covers New Mexico Ave, voted 9-0 in support of protected bike lanes on New Mexico Ave! But just to the south, in ANC 3B, protected bike lanes — and any dedicated space for people who bike, really — are facing some fierce opposition over loss of car parking. Now is the time to speak up for a low stress and safe bicycling option on Tunlaw & 37th.
Commissioners in ANC 3B want to hear from people who live and work the area before they take a formal position. Please take minute to email email@example.com to share your priorities before Friday, July 9.
How would protected bike lanes on Tunlaw and 37th make your life easier, safer or better?
What trips would you like to make by bike, but don’t because it doesn’t feel safe? Trips to school, work, groceries? What’s holding you back?
Adding bike lanes alone can help reduce speeding and aggressive driving, but a street redesign is also an opportunity to add pedestrian crossings, improve visibility at intersections and traffic calming. What traffic safety issues do you see that should be addressed as part of this project?
Safe, comfortable options for biking help reduce the demand for parking by creating additional options for getting around, while excluding those options creates a vicious circle of ever-expanding demand for car parking. What is your vision for the neighborhood? What transportation options should people have?
For the past 18 months, the District Department of Transportation has been collecting data, gathering input, and doing analysis on options to remove the dangerous reversible lane and make Connecticut Ave safer, more accessible, and livable north of Calvert St. NW. Last month, they presented two plans: add protected bike lanes, substantial safety upgrades and all-hours loading zones or remove the reversible lane, but keep it devoted to cars.
DDOT’s comment period closes in just a few days on Saturday May 1 and they need to hear your support. All four adjacent Advisory Neighborhood Commissions debated the plan and passed resolutions in support of Concept C with protected bike lanes this month, showing a clear consensus and vision for a livable, walkable, and more bikeable corridor.
Help us put this debate to rest. Use the form below to tell DDOT that Concept C with high-quality protected bike lanes is the only choice for DC’s future.