Good things come to those who work really hard for many years with thousands of people contributing along the way, right? My work as a community organizer at WABA means that I bridge the gap between you, who wants a better place to bike and live, and our regional decision makers. And because of you, we have a lot of progress to celebrate in Montgomery County.
Last year, we celebrated the adoption of the most ambitious and comprehensive bike master plan in the country. That means leaders in Montgomery County took three+ years of our emails and phone calls and meetings and input to heart — the transportation department is literally rearranging itself to be friendlier to biking and walking.
That wouldn’t have happened without your past investment, which is changing how our communities are built, street by street.
This year, we get to celebrate a major expansion of our bicycle network, including the Mid-Atlantic’s first protected intersection, right in downtown Silver Spring. Whether you’re biking, walking, scooting, or driving, the intersection is safe, intuitive, and predictable.
Here’s why I’m jazzed about it:
- It’s setting a national standard in how to safely mix road users.
- There’s a permanent bike counter, so every time you roll past you can see how many people came through before you, that day and year.
- There’s a low-stress connection to the Metro, a giant bus terminal, and (soon!) the Purple Line.
- It gives me the chance to use words like “gold standard” and “visionary,” which, to be honest, doesn’t happen all that often.
- It’s part of a network of protected bike lanes, making it actually useful.
And above all, it’s the first of many. Your financial support today means that we can push the County to keep it coming next year in Bethesda, White Flint, Wheaton, Takoma/Langley.