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We're getting closer to having bike trail from DC to Baltimore


Last month, a 1.7 mile section of the WB&A Trail opened, bringing the separate parts in Anne Arundel and Prince George's County as close to one another as they've ever been. A few more additions to the trail would mean an uninterrupted bike route from DC to Baltimore.


The WB&A trail runs from Odenton to Lanham, with a gap at the Patuxent River. There are plans to bridge the river, extend it south to Washington and north to BWI and then onward to Baltimore, which would create a full trail between DC and Baltimore.

When the WB&A was first built, it was a state of the art, electric commuter railroad that ran on three lines connecting Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis and the B&O railroad at Annapolis junction. It operated from 1908 until 1935. Work on the WB&A trail began almost 20 years ago, when the bulk of the Prince George's section from Glen Dale to Bowie was constructed, and planning dates back to the early 1990s.

During the seven years after that first section opened, the trail was extended to the banks of the Patuxent River on the Prince George's side and 5.5 miles of the Anne Arundel section of the trail was built across the town of Odenton.

Work stalled after that, though, leaving a one-mile gap between the two sections of the trail.
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/31060/were-getting-closer-to-having-bike-trail-from-dc-to-baltimore/
 

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Montgomery plans new bike lanes to help cyclists during Purple Line construction

Montgomery County plans to build protected bike lanes in downtown Bethesda for cyclists who can no longer use the Georgetown Branch Trail during five years of the Purple Line’s construction, an official said Thursday.

County Executive Isiah Leggett’s (D) proposed capital budget, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will include $3 million for the lanes’ design and construction, a spokeswoman said.

The four-mile trail between downtown Bethesda and downtown Silver Spring closed in September as part of the light-rail Purple Line’s construction. The trail will be rebuilt adjacent to the rail line, which is scheduled to carry passengers in 2022. The Georgetown Branch Trail is an extension of the Capital Crescent Trail, a popular cycling and jogging route that forms an arc around the densely-populated Maryland suburbs and connects into Georgetown.
 

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Transportation Planning Board approves funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia

The TPB approved the following projects, totaling $5,440,710:

  • Four Mile Run Trail Connection, Arlington County – $241,000
  • Rosslyn-Ballston ADA Improvements, Arlington County – $392,000
  • Judicial Trail Connection, City of Fairfax – $174,800
  • Vienna Metro Bike Connection Improvement, Fairfax County – $800,000
  • W&OD Trail - Mode Separation, City of Falls Church (Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority) – $274,250
  • Fair Lakes Boulevard Walkway, Fairfax County – $480,000
  • Sudley Road Sidewalk, Prince William County – $148,000
  • Mill Street Crosswalks, Prince William County – $147,280
  • Gemini Way Pedestrian Improvements, Prince William County – $880,000
  • Colchester Road Sidewalk, Prince William County – $1,527,484
  • Gaver Mill Trail-Shared-Use Path Project, Town of Hillsboro – $375,896
 

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Planning Board Sends Bicycle Master Plan to County Council for Consideration

SILVER SPRING, MD – At its meeting Thursday, May 3, the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), voted to transmit the Planning Board Draft of the Bicycle Master Plan to the County Council and the County Executive for consideration. The public will get a chance to provide comments about the master plan during a soon-to-be scheduled public hearing at the County Council.
 

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Connecticut Avenue in Dupont could get protected bikeways

For the first time, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is considering adding protected bikeways north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue. Although the initial scope of the project would end at California Street, this development may get the ball rolling on extending the lane north all the way to the Maryland line.

We previously reported on the proposed deck-over portion of this project between Dupont Circle and Q Street. The goal is to create a more fluid, consistent, and safe pedestrian corridor through this heavily trafficked area, provide safe bicycle infrastructure, and create other multimodal transportation options.

A followup community meeting on April 26 revealed more detail on streetscape options, and there will be many more meetings to come for those who would like to weigh in. Ultimately, the city wants to create a more vibrant and safe space that will support the local business community and spur economic development.

That’s a tall order, but the proposals show a great deal of promise.
 

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Check out the plans for the separated bike lanes on Marinelli


Approximately sixty people attended last night’s very informative community meeting. Over the next few days, we’ll share with you the presentations that folks from MCDOT made on various topics.

Today we share the presentation on the separated bike lanes on Marinelli Road from Nebel to Rockville Pike. This project will add .4 miles of one way 5 feet- to 6 feet- wide separated bike lanes.
 

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DC now has crews to clear bike lanes, wheelchair cuts after snow


D.C. is doing something different this season when it comes to snow removal: There’s a new “non-motorized trail” work detail specifically assigned to clearing bike paths, bridge deck sidewalks and ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act at intersections.

To help accomplish that, the city purchased new equipment.

“It’s still a little too wide to do all of the (city’s) bike lanes, but it looks pretty good to do many of them, those that aren’t hemmed in by cars like the cycle track,” said Mary Cheh, chair of D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment.
 
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