The Prince George's County Planning Board and the District Council hosted a meeting on the New Carrollton Preliminary Transit District Development Plan and Proposed Transit District Overlay Zoning (TDOZ) Map Amendment. [That's a mouthful]. The plan involves Arlingtoning up the New Carrollton Metro Station area.
Washburn said the Prince George's County Planning Board will hold a work session in July to consider Wednesday's public hearing testimony in making any plan changes. He said the Planning Board should approve the plan by September, followed by a second public hearing in January 2010 before the District Council approves the plan in February 2010.
There's a pretty good amount of bicycle facilities in the plan:
The plan envisions a comprehensive pedestrian and bike network with the following primary features:
3. Bicycle facilities and access throughout the New Carrollton Metropolitan Center.
4. Pedestrian and bicycle access improved along Annapolis Road.
5. Open space utilized to provide pedestrian/bicycle linkages where appropriate to connect the Metrorail station and other points of interest within the TDOZ.
6. Potential pedestrian and bicycle access across the Capital Beltway to link the TDOZ to neighborhoods and recreational facilities east of the freeway.
7. A well-designed network of installed wayfinding signs along the streets and pedestrian/bicycle pathways of the TDOZ to help travelers get to and from the Metro station, employment/retail centers, and other points of interest.
As one who bikes to the New Carrollton Metro, I can say that these changes are needed. A better connection across the Beltway (mentioned before here) is much needed as is a better route along 450/Annapolis Road. The sidewalk is dangerous, circuitous, only on one side and far too narrow, so I ride in the road - which can get kind of highway like, not ideal for a folding bike. So the bike lanes they propose would be a major improvement. Another connection under the railroad tracks at Cobb Road - also in the plan - would also help with connectivity.