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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.
This 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.
View the framework report.
The report was reviewed by the Planning Board on Thursday, July 28. A Planning Board worksession is scheduled for Thursday, September 8.
Contest starts on September 12.
Two Wheels and a Camera.
Enter to win the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest!
We need your help to make the Bicycle Master Plan the best bike plan in the country! We are looking for great photos of people of all ages and abilities bicycling in Montgomery County to include in the master plan document and other department publications.
We are looking for the best photos showing people running errands, commuting, cycling for fun, family cycling, and group rides.
We want to showcase cyclists in urban, suburban and rural settings in Montgomery County. We are looking for action shots, staged shots and photos that show the joy of being on two wheels. Take a look at the categories of photos for the contest:
Categories of photos:
Participation is free and open to the public. Semifinalists will be selected by a jury of professional planners and photographers and the winner will be selected by the public in an online poll. The photos with the most votes in each category will receive a $100 gift card and will be promoted on social media. All photos will be eligible to be included in the bicycle master plan.
How to Enter
Each person can enter up to five (5) photos, which must be submitted electronically.
Check out the official rules for the contest.
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.
The 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.
This 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.
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.
View the October 6 Kickoff Meeting presentation (pdf, 3MB) focused on the proposed White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network.
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
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.
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.
(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)
|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|
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.
|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|
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
David Anspacher, Transportation Planner / Coordinator
Last updated: August 26, 2016