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Bicycle Master Plan

On July 1, 2015, the Planning Department began working on the Bicycle Master Plan. The plan will focus on developing a high-quality / low-stress bicycle network, bringing bicycle recommendations in line with industry best practices, and consolidating all bicycle recommendations into a single plan for the first time since 1978. An emphasis will be placed on evaluating newer facilities, such as separated bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities.

NEW! Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report

BikePlanFrameworkReportThis report outlines the proposed framework for the Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan. It defines a vision by establishing goals and objectives, and recommends realizing that vision by creating a bicycle infrastructure network supported by policies and programs that encourage bicycling. The report proposes a monitoring program designed to make the plan implementation process both clear and responsive.

The report will be reviewed by the Planning Board on Thursday, July 28 with a Planning Board worksession of Thursday, September 8 and Thursday, September 15 (if needed).

The public is invited to testify on Jul 28.

View the framework report.

Help Identify Existing Off-Road Bicycle Connections

BikeConWe need your help to identify existing off-road bicycle connections that are not currently reflected on this map. These include connections such as:

  • Paths between cul-de-sacs
  • Connections between neighborhoods
  • Bikeable routes through public spaces

Please review this map and identify existing connections by clicking on the location and providing information about the connection. Your comments will be used to help the Planning Department develop recommendations for the Bicycle Master Plan. View the map.

Planning Dept Launches Bicycle Stress Map

BikeStressThe Bicycle Master Plan team has evaluated over 3,500 miles of roads and trails in the County to determine the amount of traffic stress that people experience when bicycling on roads and trails in Montgomery County. The map is intended to help planners understand impediments to bicycling and to identify and prioritize the changes that are needed to create a low-stress bicycling environment for the 50 percent of adults who say they would be interested in bicycling, but do not currently ride because they are concerned for their safety.

View the map.

Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network

LSC Separated  Bike Lanes NetworkThis draft report recommends a network of separated bike lanes and long-term bicycle parking stations in the Life Sciences Center District of the Greater Seneca Science Corridor. Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream transportation option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians.

The Planning Board reviewed this proposal on January 28, 2016. See the staff report and watch the hearing.

 

 

White Flint Separated Bike Lanes Network

White Flint Separated  Bike Lanes Network This draft report includes a proposed separated bike lane network for the White Flint Sector Plan area. Separated bike lanes create a low-stress environment for cyclists because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians. Due to the pace of development in White Flint, the Planning Department is advancing work in this area of the County so that meaningful opportunities to construct segments of the preferred bike network are not lost before the Bicycle Master Plan is completed.

The Planning Board reviewed this proposal on December 3, 2015. See the staff report and watch the hearing.

View the October 6 Kickoff Meeting presentation (pdf, 3MB) focused on the proposed White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network.

State of Bicycling in Montgomery County

StateOfBicycling

This report documents the state of bicycling in Montgomery County as of September 2015. It presents recent data on bicycling in Montgomery County and the length of existing and master-planned bicycle facilities. View the State of Bicycling in Montgomery County

 

News and Events

Recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning

At the Planning Department’s February 23 Winter Speakers Series event, Jennifer Toole of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group debunked the myth that bicycling can only be successful in cities.
Check out the full presentation and short video recap of the Jennifer Toole presentation from February 23:
View the video presentation featuring Jennifer Toole on February 23.
View the short video news recap about the February 23 event.

 

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Community Advisory Group

A 21-member Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group is advising Planning Staff as the Master Plan develops. The group consists of 13 members from cycling and other organizations, and eight community members who applied to be part of the effort.

Upcoming Meetings

(Please Note: Unless specifically noted, all meetings will take place at the Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland from 7:00 to 9:00 pm)

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (location: Planning Department Third Floor Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (location: Planning Department Third Floor Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Past Meetings
Members
Name Affiliation
Joe Allen Resident of Gaithersburg
Kristin Blackmon Bethesda Transportation Solutions & Bethesda Urban Partnership
Jack Cochrane Montgomery Bicycle Advocates
Denise Cohen Potomac Pedalers
Stacy Cook Resident of Bethesda
Paul Daisey Resident of Colesville
Peggy Dennis Montgomery County Civic Federation
Alison Dewey Resident of North Bethesda
Darrel Drobnich Pedestrian Bicycle Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
Jay Elvove Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board
Emma Evans Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Janice Freeman African American Chamber of Commerce
Joe Fritsch Resident of Olney
Peter Gray Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Richard Hoye Action Committee for Transit
Renato Mendoza CASA de Maryland
Jude Miller Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Shawn Punga Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts
Geri Rosenberg Resident of Silver Spring
Phil Shapiro Resident of Kemp Mill
Deborah Turton Resident of Damascus

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Technical Advisory Group

A Technical Advisory Group is also advising Planning Staff as the Master Plan develops. The group consists of staff from Montgomery County and Maryland agencies, as well as from neighboring jurisdictions.

Members

Affiliation Name
City of Gaithersburg Rob Robinson
City of Rockville Kevin Belanger
City of Takoma Park Erkin Ozberk
District of Columbia Jim Sebastian
Frederick County Ron Burns
Howard County Chris Eatough
Maryland Department of Transportation Kate Sylvester
Maryland State Highway Administration Samantha Biddle
Maryland Transit Administration Kevin Quinn
Montgomery County Department of General Services Amy Donin
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Andrew Bossi
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Sande Brecher
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Joanna Conklin
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Jeff Dunckel
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Nadji Kirby
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Pat Shepherd
Montgomery County Department of Transportation John Thomas
Montgomery County Public Schools Cara Grant
Montgomery County Department of Parks Chuck Kines
Prince George's County Fred Schaffer
WMATA Kristin Haldeman
WMATA Gail Tait-Nouri

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Past Meetings

Kickoff Meetings

In case you are unable to attend a Bicycle Master Plan kickoff meetings in person, the full presentation is available for your viewing online. Watch Project Manager David Anspacher’s presentation on the Bicycle Master Plan

  • September 8, 2015: Paint Branch High School
  • September 9, 2015: Germantown Regional Services Center
  • September 15 video recap
  • September 15, 2015: Planning Department Headquarters
    Check out this short video recapping the September 15 community kickoff meeting
  • September 21, 2015: Wheaton Library
  • October 6, 2015: Walter Johnson High School
    View the October 6 Kickoff Meeting presentation (pdf, 3MB) focusing on the proposed White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network

Life Sciences Center Meetings

Planning Board Reviews

  • July 28, 2016: Planning Board to review the Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report (view the staff report).
  • January 28, 2016: Review of Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal (view the staff report and watch the hearing). The Planning Board expressed its support for the bicycle network.
  • December 3, 2015: Review of White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network Proposal (staff report and watch the hearing). The Planning Board expressed its support for a network of separated bike lanes.
  • November 19, 2015: Approval of Community Advisory Group (view the staff report). The 21-member Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group will advise Planning Staff as the Master Plan develops. The group consists of 13 members from cycling and other organizations, and eight community members who applied to be part of the effort.
  • September 10, 2015: Approval of Scope of Work (view the staff report). The Bicycle Master Plan Scope of Work defines the Plan’s boundaries and area to be studied. It discusses the Plan’s context, purpose, issues to be addressed, community outreach effort, and the project timeline.
    View the Bicycle Master Plan Scope of Work (pdf, 6MB)

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Staff contact

David Anspacher, Transportation Planner / Coordinator
301-495-2191
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org

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Last updated: July 20, 2016