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Montgomery Planning Creates Stress-Relieving Coloring Book to Illustrate Bicycle Master Plan Concepts

Community invited to fill in scenes of Bicycle Master Plan’s recommended low-stress bicycle network

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to launch the Bicycle Master Plan Coloring Book to the public. This free 34-page coloring book is available online and at the Montgomery Planning Information Counter (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

Download the coloring book from the Bicycle Master Plan webpage.

The Bicycle Master Plan Coloring Book was developed by the Planning Department staff as a way to present to the community the types of bikeways that will be included in the draft Bicycle Master Plan.  Since the goal of the Plan is to create a low-stress bicycle network that will let people of all ages and abilities feel comfortable riding a bike, the book seemed fitting, since coloring has also been shown to be a stress-relieving activity. Each black and white page depicts different types of bikeways, such as neighborhood greenways, separated bike lanes and trails.

Planners undertook an intensive data-driven approach and considerable community outreach to develop recommendations about bikeways and facilities so Montgomery County can achieve one of the best bicycle networks in the nation. Check out montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan to download some of our coloring book scenes today!

“We hope the community enjoys coloring in the bicycle scenes and learns about the variety of bikeways we hope to achieve in implementing this plan,” says David Anspacher, Bicycle Master Plan project manager.

The community is invited to post their completed illustrations online to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #lowstressbiking. Montgomery Planning can be tagged online at the following locations:

Twitter: @montgomeryplans
Instagram: @montgomeryplanning
Facebook.com/montgomeryplanning

About the Bicycle Master Plan

The Planning Department began working on the Bicycle Master Plan in July 2015. The plan has focused on developing a high-quality/low-stress bicycle network throughout Montgomery County, 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 has been placed on evaluating newer facilities, such as separated bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities. Visit the Bicycle Master Plan webpage for more information.