guest post: David Anspacher
Last Saturday, the Montgomery County Civic Federation’s bicycle conference got representatives from various agencies together, including M-NCPPC, MCDOT, MDOT, MD SHA, and WMATA, to talk about their bicycle planning and implementation activities.
In the late morning, attendees began developing an action plan for advancing bicycling in the County. There were lots of good ideas, many dealing with ways to reduce the speed of car traffic.
Francoise Carrier, Chair of the Planning Board, provided concluding remarks. She identified three ways that the Planning Board can work to improve bicycling:
- through master planning, find opportunities to break up large blocks and expand the street grid, creating a network of low volume, low speed roads overlaid with bike lanes and off-road paths
- through the zoning code rewrite recommend bicycle parking requirements that vary by land use type and the size of a development, with shower and change facility requirements included
- crediting developers who agree to locate a bike sharing station on their property and who fund its capital or operating expenses
The good thoughts and energy at the conference should be the basis to improve bicycling in the County. As part of his opening remarks, Art Holmes, Director of MCDOT, asked the group to give him something that articulates what the bicycling community is looking for.
Perhaps the Civic Federation could establish a task force to summarize the suggestions from the conference and develop them into a bicycle initiative, much like the Pedestrian Safety Initiative launched by the County Executive in 2007, and then submit it to the County Executive, Council, and the Planning Board.