As part of its efforts to reroute the bike trail, the Planning Board drafted an amendment to the ICC's Limited Functional Master Plan. Part of this amendment called for trails to avoid environmentally sensitive stream valley parks.
The Federal Highway Administration approved the road's alignment and interchange locations as part of the May 2006 ICC Record of Decision, according to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Planning staff said in a draft that "certain alignment and implementation decisions are inconsistent with master plan guidance."
The draft says some of the trail should be rerouted to avoid further impact to the Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park.
According to the group Montgomery Bicycle Advocates, 60 percent of the trail would remain as is with the rerouting. Other parts of the trail would be "disconnected trail segments" according to its Web site.
Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, board member for the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, said his group opposes the rerouting of the trail, particularly since there are no trail construction restrictions near the ICC.
"The state did not tell the [planning] board that you need to divert the trail to surface streets," Anderson said. "There's nothing whatsoever in the state's Record of Decision that precludes building the trail. ...You could move it six inches outside the ICC right of way and you could still be fine as far the state is concerned."
The Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committee will meet 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 to make a recommendation to the council.
Again for some history on this
So, you can still write your County Councilmember,
especially if they're on the committee mentioned above. Those members are: Nancy Floreen, Chair; George Leventhal and Roger Berliner, Lead Member for Energy and Environment. I'm not sure if the meeting will allow public comment, but you can certainly attend.